National Archives of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)

Exception criteria

According to article 5a of the Archival Decree, if a retention schedule determines that parts of an archive are to be destroyed, then exceptions can be provided for specific components.

In practice, this option is used to preserve individual dossiers relating to certain or exceptional persons, events, activities or objects, that would otherwise be destroyed. Custodians must also identify these exception criteria in a retention schedule.