Our takedown and reclosure policy describes the circumstances in which information in open records may be subsequently closed by The National Archives. It applies to records (including digital records) that have been transferred to The National Archives for preservation as archives.

Any records which are reclosed will have been carefully assessed by the Reclosure Panel composed of members of staff with expertise in Freedom of Information (FOI) and Data Protection, along with records and catalogue specialists from across The National Archives. The Reclosure Panel is chaired by a manager from the FOI Centre.

The National Archives publishes annual figures for reclosed records at series level, from 2012 onwards.