The Asylum Act contains a general provision on the right of asylum seekers to submit supporting evidence in the asylum procedure. It further foresees the possibility for SEF to request reports on specific issues from experts (e.g. cultural or medical) during the regular procedure. Nevertheless, there are no specific standards in law or administrative guidance relating to medical reports for those claiming to have been subjected to torture or other serious acts of physical, psychological and sexual violence.
The lack of standard operational procedures regarding the issuance, content and relevance of medical reports in the asylum procedure has been highlighted in the particular case of survivors of torture and/or serious violence. Medical reports are currently not issued based on the methodology laid down in the Istanbul Protocol. Even where mental health service providers issue medical reports concerning the vulnerability of the applicant for the purposes of postponing the individual interview, SEF tends to ignore them due to factors pertaining to the content of the report (see Special Procedural Guarantees).
 Article 15(2) Asylum Act.
 Article 28(3) Asylum Act.