What Is a “Certificate of Destruction”

What is a Certificate of DestructionA certificate of destruction is a formal document containing detailed information about the destruction of your papers that ensures the shredding process complied with all relevant security laws. These certificates help protect your company in case of legal action or an audit.

When you hire a mobile shredding or off site shredding company, it’s important to know if they detail every step of the shredding process and can document it for you. Ensure you are being protected by hiring a shredding provider that offers a detailed certificate of destruction.

What Is Included in a Certificate of Destruction

A thorough certificate of destruction will contain these items:

  • A unique, serialized transaction number that you can use in an audit trail
  • Transfer of custody that establishes the client’s turning over of materials for destruction at a specific location and date
  • A reference to the terms and conditions, or the policies and procedures of the client and company for the processing of materials
  • Acceptance of fiduciary responsibility whereby the company’s agent accepts responsibility and agrees that all materials accepted are considered confidential and are to be treated as such (can refer to the terms and conditions of a service agreement)
  • The date the information was collected and the date the information ceased to exist
  • The location of the destruction of the documents
  • The name of a witness to the destruction process

Before you agree to have a shredding company destroy your documents, be sure to ask if they provide a certificate of destruction. Have them detail what’s included on their certificate to ensure you have all the necessary requirements by law or for your industry.

You can expect to receive your certificate anywhere within a week of when the shredding was performed, but many offer them same day.

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