ISO 15489 Records Management – its development and significance

Publication Date01 December 2001
Date01 December 2001
AuthorSusan Healy
SubjectInformation & knowledge management
ISO 15489 Records Management –
its development and significance
This article describes the process of producing ISO 15489 Records Management,
and explores some of the professional and other issues that arose for considera-
tion at an international level. It concludes by identifying some of the benefits of
the Standard for records management in the UK.
In this article I shall describe the process of developing the international
standard ISO 154891and its associated Technical Report, and some of
their contents and assess the Standard’s significance for records manage-
ment in the United Kingdom2.
First, an explanation of the abbreviations and acronyms I shall use. ISO
stands for International Standards Organisation, a body based in
Geneva that oversees the issue of international Standards. The British
Standards Institution (BSI) is the UK NMB (National Member Body of
ISO). The ISO Technical Committee under whose auspices we worked is
TC 46 and its Records Management Sub-committee is SC 11, hence the
reference to TC 46/SC 11. The BSI counterparts are IDT 2 at the
Committee level (standing for Information Documentation Terminology)
and Sub-committee 17, hence IDT 2/17. Key stages in development of a
Standard are production of a Committee Draft (CD), a Draft International
Standard (DIS) and a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS). Finally,
the sections making up a Standard are called clauses.
Development of ISO 15489
My involvement in ISO 15489 started in July 1997 when I attended a
meeting at the BSI offices in Chiswick. The purpose of the meeting was
Records Management Journal, vol. 11, no. 3, December 2001, pp. 133–142

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