Notice to centres: Unclaimed Certificates (April 2007 Despatch)

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The Awarding Bodies have agreed to implement a standard procedure for dealing with unclaimed certificates.

Centres may destroy any unclaimed certificates by  a secure method (for example by shredding or incineration)  after  holding  them  for  a  period  of  12  months  from  the  date  of  issue.    A  record  of  all certificates destroyed by a centre should be kept for a further period of four years from the date of their destruction.

Any queries concerning the destruction or secure disposal of unclaimed certificates should be directed to the awarding body that issued the certificates.