Vitamin D: policy context

As it is difficult to get enough vitamin D from foods alone the Scottish Government recommends that supplementation should be considered for every adult and child of 6 months and over to achieve this concentration, particularly in the winter months:

Infants aged 6 months to 1 year (except if receiving >500mls of infant formula per day)

8.5 to 10 µg per day

Children aged 1 and over 

10 µg per day

All adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women

10 µg per day


This guidance is in line with the recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN). Advice for infants under 6 months is being considered by the Scottish Government. 

Free supplements are available for eligible women and children under the Healthy Start scheme.  The Scottish Government also advises that unprotected Scottish sun exposure for up to a maximum of 15 minutes is a safe way to increase vitamin D levels for all, but that exposure for any longer will increase skin cancer risk.