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The IRMS Record Retention Wiki

The Information and Records Management Society is always looking at ways to help the profession pool its knowledge and expertise for common benefit and to this end is pleased to launch this new wiki based tool aimed to assist information and records managers tackle the thorny subject of retention.

In this world of Big Data and the ever increasing legal and regulatory obligations affecting governance, risk and compliance, policies and processes for record retention and disposal have never been more important. The Society acknowledges that a comprehensive retention resource covering all sectors and all types of records is beyond the ability of all but the most wealthy and dedicated of organisations and learning from previous projects is looking to the active and interested professionals which form the information and records management world to develop this tool as a resource to be evolved by the community of practice who are involved with retention and disposal on a day-to-day basis.

This wiki provides a community-editable platform that will allow the profession to develop on-going consensus on rules (periods, triggers, disposition actions and reasons) for different record series and share updates on legislative implications in a manner that is both dynamic and sustainable.

Features of the wiki

  • Community owned editable resource
  • UK and British Islands coverage
  • General business and sector specific
  • Retention periods and triggers
  • Disposition actions
  • Rationale and citations
  • Articles on Records Management

Click here to access the wiki

The Society is keen to hear your views on the wiki and any feedback on the wiki, its functionality and contents, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Disclaimer: Please note that the wiki is not an exhaustive list of retention periods and that the legal or regulatory records retention requirements may be subject to change.  The information contained in the wiki should not be relied or acted upon without first seeking your own legal advice as the contents are provided by a range of different individuals. The Information and Records Management Society shall not be liable for any damages resulting from any use of the information contained in the wiki and use of the wiki shall be deemed to be acceptance of this statement.


If you have any comments about the site, please contact the eOfficer via the contact form or by email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..