72. Twenty nine items of advice were given against standard GQ4.
73. Records may be subject to amendments. Some establishments routinely used correction fluid to correct any errors that were made. They were advised to correct errors by placing a single line through the error, as well as placing their initial and date against the amendment. By maintaining records in this manner, they are more readily auditable. Records should be written using ink, as amendments using pencil lead can be modified or erased easily. One establishment routinely using pencils to complete forms was advised to change this practice, as it would not ensure an indelible record.
74. All consent forms, tissue traceability records and associated forms should be stored securely and, if electronically stored, must be adequately backed-up.
75. Establishments are expected to assure themselves that electronic systems ensure data protection (Data Protection Act 1998), confidentiality and public disclosure (‘whistle-blowing’).