Clinical Laboratory Records


Do not follow the records retention schedule to destroy records that are currently part of–or you are aware that they are going to be part of–any legal action or proceeding, litigation, audit, investigation, or review. For more information, see the Subpoenas for University Records Policy.

Schedule Number

Document Clinical Laboratory operations including laboratory requisitions, worksheets (including but not limited to quality assurance, quality control, and proficiency testing), and reports.  

Clinical Laboratory Records info
Record HolderRetention PeriodDisposition
Official Copy Health Service

4 years

Confidential destruction

Unofficial Copy N/A




Retention period is based on state requirement of 4 years, which is longer than the federal requirement of 2 years. (See  

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) records retention policy; Massachusetts Clinical Laboratory Program records retention policy
Health Service, Office of Information Security, University Counsel, and Tufts Archival Research Center
Effective Date