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Data Retention/Storage

How long do I have to keep study-related records after the study is completed?

*UPDATED April 2014

Drug, device or natural health products studies that are regulated by Health Canada require 25-year study-related record retention. There are no defined regulations or standards for other research studies (i.e., non-regulated). The Sunnybrook research ethics board's recommended standard is ten years for non-regulated studies. However, sponsor, publishing journal or professional affiliation standards for record retention may apply.