BS EN 15713

Destruction of Confidential Material

Protect your confidential materials and dispose of them securely

Provide your customers, stakeholders and other interested parties with reassurance that confidential and commercially sensitive information – such as internal planning and strategy documents, and records containing personal information – is securely stored and appropriately disposed of.

What is BS EN 15713?

The BS EN 15713 Standard is a set of guidelines following industry best-practice for the secure storage and disposal of sensitive materials.

It covers the security of the premises, as well as how confidential material is collected, handled, transported, stored and destroyed – from the point of collection to the completion of destruction.

The Benefits of BS EN 15713

Here are some benefits of using the BS EN 15713 framework: 

  1. Ensure compliance – With the correct controls in place, you can lessen the chance of fines from data protection regulators for a breach in legal obligations
  2. Reduce business risk – Industry standard guidelines mean that you can be confident that confidential information is disposed of securely, reducing the risk to your reputation from confidential data leaks
  3. Positive environmental impact – The guidelines direct certified businesses to recycle where possible, helping you to satisfy your organisation’s social responsibilities
  4. Enhanced reputation – Provide reassurance to your customers that you are committed to confidentiality by following a specific and specialised process for handling confidential information
  5. Win more business – An improved business reputation and increased customer satisfaction will contribute to increased contract and tender opportunities.
  6. Support customers – Provide your customers with the guidance they need to produce a formal policy of document disposal, reducing the risk of damage to their reputation

How much does BS EN 15713 cost?

The cost of certification depends on several factors. These include your sector, annual turnover, and number of employees. We will also need to know if you require industry specific accreditation (such as ASCB or UKAS).

However, QMS is committed to providing a cost-effective route to BS EN 15713 certification. That’s why we focus on making the process straightforward. We will save you money because, instead of creating complex document trails, we will build a Management System for the secure destruction of confidential material that works for you.

Find out how affordable BS EN 15713 certification really is by using our Fee Calculator and we’ll email you a bespoke quote immediately.

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The Requirements of BS EN 15713

The BS EN 15713 standard uses a structure of twelve clauses which, roughly grouped together, cover four key areas:

  1. Contracts and audit trail - ensuring a written contract is signed and agreed by the client, as well as ensuring any sub-contractors follow these requirements
  2. Categorisation - how material should be categorised. Categories will determine the type of material and therefore how it will be destroyed
  3. Collection, transport and storage - how the material should be stored and collected, including the details on the vehicles required and security methods used
  4. Disposal - the processes for safely disposing of confidential material

Frequently Asked Questions

What is BS EN 15713:2009?

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How can QMS help your Business?

The QMS process gets your business certified for success:


Our nationwide team of consultants and auditors has provided certifications to clients ranging from SMEs to blue chip organisations across a broad spectrum of verticals and industries.


Our processes add value at every stage, without taking up unwarranted management time. We commit to providing you with the best possible value for money – including a price promise from the outset, along with the ability to stagger payments at no extra cost.


We remove the red tape and paperwork for you, making the process as smooth and uncomplicated as possible, and ensuring you get the framework that works for you.

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How have businesses benefited from BS EN 15713?

Client Testimonials of QMS and the ISO Certification Process

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    ...Right from the off [the Consultant] presented very well and quickly demonstrated her intelligent ability to grasp the nature and structure of the business. Her friendly attitude put everyone at ease and it became very clear that the process would not be as daunting as perhaps feared. She had a great depth of knowledge and experience and was able to put together an easily understood presentation. If I'm honest, the day flew by and was a really regarding and enjoyable experience. [The Consultant] never took her eye off the ball and whilst extremely focused seemed to have an easy way of fitting in clear answers to a barrage of questions. We are greatly enthused now for the task ahead and this is in no small part to [the Consultant]'s handling of the day, her personality and her capability - above all and most comforting, was the fact that (in our own little 'wash up' meeting) we all contributed that impression that she was 'one of us' in terms of working as a team to achieve the right result.
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BS EN 15713 Certification Process

Gaining BS EN 15713 certification with QMS is straightforward and can take as little as 45 days. Our expert consultants will work with you and your business to make the process as simple as possible.

This includes highlighting any improvements you need to make to your current business procedures.

Our 3-stage certification process ensures you get the help you need at every step. We can even create your Management System manual for you – saving you time and money.

Your all-in-one Management System Solution

QMS Connect delivers all the tools you need to achieve and maintain ISO compliance.

With simple navigation, real-time reporting and the ability to modify and update content on the go, QMS Connect keeps you in control. Accessible online via your computer, tablet or smartphone 24 hours a day, QMS Connect helps you manage your ISO Management System in real-time.

QMS Connect helps engage your teams, so that you can capture data that will drive business decisions – increasing repeat business, reducing customer complaints and ultimately saving you both time and money.

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BS EN 15713 Resources

    Guide to ISO certification

    Why you should choose QMS to assist your business with ISO certification

    Guide to ISO certification

    General downloads

    Standard Overview: BS EN 15713

    Overview of the BS EN 15713 Destruction of Confidential Material Management System Standard

    Understanding the Basics of BS EN 15713

    BS EN 15713 downloads

    QMS International Company Profile

    Find out about QMS, our achievements and some of our clients

    QMS International Company Profile

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