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Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care 2016

The consultation for the draft Records Management Code of Practice 2020 has now concluded. The revised version of the Code will be published once we have analysed the responses and updated the Code.

The 2016 version is still valid until the new Code has been finalised.

Read the revised draft on the NHSx website.

The Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care 2016 sets out what people working with or in NHS organisations in England need to do to manage records correctly. It's based on current legal requirements and professional best practice and was published on 20 July 2016 by the Information Governance Alliance (IGA),

Appendix 3 of the Code contains the detailed retention schedules. It sets out how long records should be retained, either due to their ongoing administrative value or as a result of statutory requirement.