Disposal freezes and retention notices

Prominent or controversial issues and events or judicial proceedings may have implications for the management of records held by agencies.

In such cases, the National Archives may support compliance requirements or an identified need to suspend the National Archives' records destruction permissions by issuing a records disposal freeze or retention notice. Generally, these state that agencies must not destroy any relevant records.

Current freezes and notices

There are current records retention notices on records related to:

There are current disposal freezes on records relating to:

Withdrawn freezes and notices

These disposal freezes and records retention notices are no longer in effect.

COVID-19 recordkeeping

Find out about managing records relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.