Section 9 – Disclosure may be made to appropriate authority in certain circumstances

(1) A disclosure of information may be made to an appropriate authority if the employee making the disclosure believes on reasonable grounds—
(a) that the head of the organisation is or may be involved in the serious wrongdoing alleged in the disclosure; or
(b) that immediate reference to an appropriate authority is justified by reason of the urgency of the matter to which the disclosure relates, or some other exceptional circumstances; or
(c) that there has been no action or recommended action on the matter to which the disclosure relates within 20 working days after the date on which the disclosure was made.
(2) This section is subject to sections 12 to 14.