The National Archives Act, 1986 & Regulations, 1988 are the principal statutes applicable to the management of public records, including their disposal or retention as archives.
A transferring body is the government department, court office or public body that is legally obliged to transfer records more than 30 years old to the National Archives to facilitate permanent preservation & public access.
A Consenting Officer is appointed under the National Archives Act, 1986, Regulations, 1988 3(3) to approve or refuse applications by Certifying Officers for the withholding of records.
A Requisitioning Officer is appointed under the National Archives Act, 1986, Regulations, 1988 3(2) to oversee the implementation of section 8(9) of the Act.
The National Archives Act, 1986 8(9) Regulations, 1988 11 allows for the recall of records already transferred to the National Archives & available to public inspection where the record is now required for operational purposes.
The National Archives Act, 1986 8(4) allows records to be withheld from public inspection in a number of specified circumstances only.