The High Commission for Administrative Document Classification is attached, as a senior consultative body, to the Archives Commission of the General State Administration, pursuant to the provisions of art.13.6 of Royal Decree 1708/2011, of 18 November, establishing the Spanish Archives System and regulating the Archive System of the General State Administration and of its Public Bodies and its rules for access.
Its functions consist of studying and reporting on matters relating to the classification and use of documents pertaining to the General State Administration and the public bodies linked to or dependent on it, and of incorporating said documents into the archives, and rules for access and administrative withdrawal of said documents, and it is regulated by Royal Decree 1401/2007, of 29 October, (BOE 7/11/2007) which regulates the composition, operation and powers of the High Commission for Administrative Document Classification.
This Royal Decree also establishes a Permanent Commission and constitutes a Permanent Secretariat as a support body for the High Commission for Administrative Document Classification.
The system and procedure for withdrawing documents and, where appropriate, storing them on media different from the original is established by Royal Decree 1164/2002, dated 8 November (Official State Gazette (BOE) of 15/11/2002).
Law 11/2007, of 22 June and Royal Decree 1671/2009, which implements said law, require the mandatory opinion issued by the CSCDA in order to destroy documents in non-electronic format, where authentic electronic copies have been created (see Portal of the Electronic Administration and the NTIs developed for more information).
Following publication of RD 776/2011, of 3 June, dissolving certain collegiate bodies and establishing criteria for the standardisation of the creation of collegiate bodies in the General State Administration and its Public Bodies, some ministerial classification commissions have been dissolved. Art. 13 of RD 1708/2011, of 18 November, establishes the creation of Working Groups for the co-ordination of archives, with powers to request the CSCDA to issue an opinion.