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Scotland becomes first country to provide free period products

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4613 (Published 26 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4613
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Period products will be obtainable free of charge in Scotland for every person who needs to use them, after the country became the first in the world to pass legislation on the issue.

A bill passed unanimously in the Scottish parliament on 24 November1 requires all local authorities in Scotland to ensure that period products are freely available. Schools, colleges, and universities must also make them available free of charge in their toilets, and …

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