Scientific Archivists Group

The Scientific Archivists Group (SAG) was set up in 1981, with the aim of exchanging knowledge relating to archives with scientific application. Since then, the organisation has developed to cover all aspects of the document and record life-cycle, with archiving being just one component. In addition, many of the topics we cover are applicable to records management professionals from other disciplines. Our members include a wide variety of roles, including archivists, record managers, document administrators, information managers, auditors and come from many leading scientific R&D organisations, commercial service providers and regulatory bodies. Whilst our legal office is located in the United Kingdom, we are not limited geographically and welcome members from around the globe. The group holds high-quality conferences to promote the exchange of information relevant to records management within the R&D regulated environment, as well as providing training courses on related topics.  Papers and presentations are published in the group's biannual journal (Sagacity) along with current awareness features and topical articles to enable members to keep abreast of developments within the industry.

For more information about the group, please use the contact form on the About Us page or send an email to

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White paper on The Role and Use of PDF in Records Retention published

The Electronic Records Special Interest Group has published its next white paper - the Role and Use of PDF in Records Retention.

To view this publication please visit the Publications page. To find out more about the e-Archiving SIG visit their page.


Winding down of GCP-RMA

The members of the GCP Records Managers Association recently took the decision to wind down their group after being in existence for approximately 15 years. Originally a working party of the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice (EFGCP), the association was established in 2001 and is proud of a number of achievements, including influencing the European Commission to amend wording in the Clinical Trial Directive, influencing the New Zealand regulatory agency to reconsider requirements for managing electronic records and more recently, lobbying MEPs (successfully)  to change proposals for an indefinite retention period for clinical trial records. Following a drop in member numbers and decreasing involvement of members in association activities, a decision was taken to pass ownership of its guidelines, white papers and other materials to the SAG GCP Special Interest Group and wind down the association. A number of former GCP-RMA members have already taken up SAG membership and we look forward to working together as colleagues within SAG to promote best practices for GCP records management. Publications previously created by GCP-RMA will shortly be available on the SAG website.