The Key Principles Behind ARMA’s Widely Used Framework
First released in 2009, the standards were updated in 2017. These eight key ideas comprising The Principles have become key measures for organizations to audit and improve records management practices. We cover these eight key principles below. This brief detail can provide a jumping-off point for your immediate use.
The Principle of Accountability
A person of significant authority such as a high-level executive should oversee records & information management practices to ensure proper practices are implemented and followed.
The Principle of Transparency
An organization’s information governance program should be well documented, verifiable, and open to all appropriate personnel.
The Principle of Integrity
An information governance program should be designed to guarantee a reasonable level of authenticity and reliability.
The Principle of Protection
Private, confidential, and essential to business records should all receive an appropriate level of protection within the system.
The Principle of Compliance
All records management policies and procedures should be constructed to meet applicable laws and legal regulations.
The Principle of Availability
Information within an organization should be stored in a manner that allows for timely, efficient, and accurate access.
The Principle of Retention
Organizations should store assets for an appropriate amount of time based on both legal requirements and business needs.
The Principle of Disposition
Information assets should be disposed in a secure and appropriate manner once legal and internal policies allow for their disposal.