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ISO has announced the availability of ISO 15489-1, ‘Information and documentation -- Records management -- Part 1: Concepts and principles’.

ISO 15489-1 establishes the core concepts and principles for the design, implementation and management of policy, information systems and processes allowing people, organizations, governments, private enterprises and collaborative coalitions to: 

  • Create and capture records to meet requirements for evidence of business activity;
  • Take appropriate action to protect the authenticity, reliability, integrity and useability of records, as well as their business context, and to identify requirements for their management over time.

By taking a principles-based approach, ISO 15489-1 allows for flexibility in implementation while retaining strong direction on what those implementations should be achieving. It describes concepts and principles relating to:

  • Records, metadata for records and records systems;
  • Policies, assigned responsibilities, monitoring and training supporting the effective management of records;
  • Recurrent analysis of business context and the identification of records requirements;
  • Records controls;
  • Processes for creating, capturing and managing records.

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