Normal administrative practice (NAP) allows agencies to destroy certain types of records in the normal course of business. Agencies do not need to contact the Archives for permission to dispose of records that fit within the scope of NAP.
NAP allows agencies to manage the volumes of records they create and use everyday in an efficient and accountable way.
Records that can be considered for destruction using NAP fall into five broad categories:
A risk assessment should help agencies identify records that can be destroyed using NAP. To make sure you are using NAP appropriately, you need to consider the business of your agency and which records are necessary to support that business. You also need to consider the risk to your agency if records are destroyed inappropriately. Normal practice for one agency may be inappropriate practice for another. NAP should be documented in your agency's policies and procedures. Since staff are responsible for making accountable decisions about destroying records, it is important to provide them with training in using NAP.