Reviewing a file

Disposal scheduling is an important aspect of establishing and maintaining control of corporate information and record resources. We publish guidance on commonly held public records, where generic disposal periods can normally be identified.

The principles behind records disposal scheduling are to ensure that:

  • records are kept for as long as they are needed
  • all legitimate considerations have been considered and balanced
  • records are kept or destroyed as appropriate


Go to the retention and disposal guidance and schedules found on our website.

The National Archives' initiative What to keep offers guidance on establishing processes and policies in departments for the identification and disposal scheduling of digital records.

For NHS records, go to the NHS code of practice on records management, on the Department of Health's website.