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Press Statement from the IRMS on the outcome of the EU Referendum.

In the referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016, the General Public of the UK voted to leave the European Union.

While the effects of this decision (including the exact date of the departure) are yet to be determined, the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS), like many other organisations, believes that there will be challenges and opportunities in the field of information and records management. 

As a Society we will continue to monitor developments and provide content relevant guidance and resources to our members in order to support them, their organisations and the wider profession through the forthcoming period of change.

The IRMS is well-placed to do this – we have a large membership across a broad range of sectors and specialisms, as well as a strong ethos of collaboration and knowledge sharing, which enables us to adapt to our ever-changing environment. 

Scott Sammons CIPP/E, AMIRMS
Chair, IRMS

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Elizabeth Lomas Monday, 04 July 2016

Clearly there are opportunities and challenges facing us. As an agile profession used to dealing with change we need to engage with the information and compliance agendas that emerge and influence these where we can. I have developed the following survey to capture individual perspectives and would be grateful for members views.

Linda Shave Sunday, 03 July 2016

Brexit – challenges and opportunities for information and Records Management professionals.

As the world is aware, Thursday 23rd June 2016 marked a significant event with the General Public of the UK voting to leave the European Union. Whilst the upshots of this decision are still to be recognised and timelines are plotted for the exodus organisations such as the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) could benefit from taking a strategic approach to the challenge and create opportunities. The magnitude and complexity of the UK leaving the European Union as a result of the referendum is still to be identified.

However, from a simplistic standpoint we might consider this not to be dissimilar to that of a government organisation facing the challenge of administrative change after an election. This administrative change altering the structure, geographic distribution of operations, risk profile, information and digital data ownerships and the delivery of ongoing and future products and services.

Such change requires sound leadership, agility, people, processes, tools and technology to face the challenges and opportunities going forward. Information and Records Management professionals can play a crucial role in this complex world of rules, policies and guidelines around how information and digital data assets will be kept and/or returned and consider how best to put together a blueprint for IRMS being part of this unique opportunity.

Linda Shave

Mike Marsh Friday, 01 July 2016

Our first opportunity: Last week the ICO said that the (EU's) General Data Protection Regulation will have to be applied "if the UK wants to trade with the single market on equal terms." The Regulation comes into force in May 2018. Subsequent breaches could result in fines of 5% of global revenues. Therefore Data Protection, Cyber Security, and compliance will continue to pose an expensive challenge. IRM practitioners can prove their worth by providing best practice advice to their Risk, Compliance, and IT colleagues to help minimise the business risks and costs.

David Bridge Thursday, 30 June 2016

Well done proactive response and I believe the first Information Professional Group to discuss it outside of internal debate.

Whatever our personal views "we are where we are" I believe the Information Professional Groups must have a voice on information related issues

David Bridge FIRMS

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