BSI Records Management Code of Practice

The draft has been produced by a panel of the BSI Records Management Committeeand comments are now being invited. 

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The draft of a new British Standard (BSI) Records Management Code of Practice has been posted for public consultation. The consultation ends on the 4th January 2020.

 The draft has been produced by a panel of the BSI Records Management Committee and comments are now being invited. The draft standard is available here. You will need to register to get access and make comments.

 In the Code, whatever an organisation produces and accumulates in the course of its operations and activities are labelled records – regardless of the media or format, when they are created, why they are captured and maintained, or their value to people or to an organisation.

 This, for some, is a broad use of the term or extends its usage and covers areas that they might see as covered by other areas, eg information management, information asset management or information governance.

The Code aims to give practical guidance to help any organisation manage its records – regardless of the type, size or sector of the organisation or the nature of its activities.

 It is intended for anyone who has responsibility for managing an organisation’s records. At the same time, it recommends that an organisation gives operational responsibility to someone with the necessary knowledge and skills, and that any policy and related rules for managing records are based on consultation with records managers, archivists and other experts.

 It promotes building the management of records into an organisation’s core business processes and tools – and avoid its management as a standalone activity. It recommends that the management of records should be combined wherever possible with related disciplines – eg information security, business continuity and data protection.

 If all goes according to plan, the aim is to publish the final version around May 2021.

Rod Stone, Chairman of the BSI Records Management Committee and ARA Representative.