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Research Records Retention

Research record and data retention must abide by applicable federal, state, and organizational statutes and policies. University personnel are required to record all research data and information accurately and clearly and keep all such data in a permanent and retrievable form.  

The Institutional Review Board and the Office of Research have additional procedures you should also be familiar with. The resources below can assist you should you have additional questions regarding research record retention. 

IRB Guidance on Regulatory Requirements for Human Subjects 

UF Requirements for Research Data Destruction 

Once you have met any regulatory requirement for how long you must retain records for completed research, you cannot destroy any records/data until you comply with the institutional requirements for data destruction. If you have any questions regarding the retention or disposition of research records and/or data, please contact the University Records Manager for assistance.