Ask ECRI: Retention of Policy and Procedures

June 21, 2022 | Ambulatory Care Risk Management


​​​A member recently asked when archived policies and manuals can be deleted. In our response, we note that there is no federal legal standard for retention of policies and procedures. However, if there is a lawsuit, facilities may have to produce the policy and procedures that were in place at the time of an event. How long these records must be kept will also depend on state law, the age of the plaintiff at the time of the event, and other factors. ECRI recommends consulting with legal counsel.

Facilities will also want to consider record requests for audits and investigations from the Centers...

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