Records retention

TypeTime period
Applications for patentsPermanent
 Applications for research grants2 years (following allocation of funds)
Clinical (research) patient files15 years (after last attendance)
Clinical (research) study participation consent forms7 years (after contract expires)
Consent forms for participation in clinical (research) study7 years (after contract expires)
DEST higher degree research data collection reportsPermanent
Ethics approval documents7 years (from date of last entry)
Grant applications for research2 years (following allocation of funds)
Human ethics approval documents7 years (from date of last entry)
Intellectual property agreementsPermanent
Intellectual property records7 years (after intellectual property lapses)
Patent applicationsPermanent
Patent documentationPermanent
Patient files (clinical research)15 years (after last attendance)
Research collaborative agreementsPermanent
Research data (involving clinical trials)15 years (from date of completion)
Research data (not involving clinical trials)5 years (from date of completion)
Research ethics approval documents7 years (from date of last entry)
Research grant applications2 years (following allocation of funds)
Research (project) reportsPermanent