I wondered if anyone could clarify the requirement for retention of patient medical notes if they hold source data for a study. When it is said that these must be held for at least 5 years after discontinuation of the
Study or for the maximum period allowed by the institution does this mean after this time they could in theory be destroyed ( subject to meeting nhs code for record retention) or does it mean they can they be
stored in a different media .
If the former is true then am I correct in assuming the retention period for the Tmf and study records differs from the requirement for subject medical record?
Thanks for any clarification you can give .