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MC285604: Microsoft 365 compliance center: General Availability of records management multi-stage disposition review

Multi-stage disposition review in the Microsoft 365 Records Management solution enables you to create a tiered content disposition experience with up to five stages of review. Multiple reviewers can be added per stage, and reviewers will only see items assigned to them along with contextual information about the file. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 85591.

This update allows organizations to use a multi-stage disposition process, including multiple stakeholders and reviews before deleting the content.

MC285604: Microsoft 365 compliance center: General Availability of records management multi-stage disposition review

Affected Workloads

  • Exchange Online
  • SharePoint Online

Note: This feature will be Generally Available to all E5 commercial customers. E3 can upgrade to E5 to benefit from this feature.

When this will happen

We will begin rolling this out in late September and expect to complete rollout early October.

How this will affect your organization

Records Management admins can now create retention labels with multiple review and approval stages at the end of the retention period. Admins can designate up to five serial stages and assign multiple reviewers to each stage. Reviewers can be individual users or mail-enabled security groups.

Disposition reviewers will be able to view and act on files currently assigned to them for review. Reviewers can approval file disposal, extend retention, relabel content, or add additional reviewers to assist.

Records Management admins will be able to view all labels and items pending disposition. Additionally, admins will have the option to customize the notification and reminder email messages sent to disposition reviewers by appending content to the default message.

Records Management admins and other users with access to unified audit log will be able to view the disposition activities a disposition reviewer took when an item reached the end of its configured retention period.

What you need to do to prepare

Get started

To begin using this feature, navigate to the File plan tab in the Records Management solution within the Microsoft 365 compliance center. From the File plan, you can create a new retention label, and in the retention settings step, after selecting Trigger a disposition review, you can set one or multiple retention stages. You can also edit an existing retention label that uses disposition review to add additional stages.


To view all labels and items pending disposition, Records Management admins will need to visit the new Records Management settings and add themselves to a mail-enabled security group created for this purpose.

Disposition reviewers should be assigned the Disposition Management role to ensure they do not have access to other parts of the Records Management solution and can only approve items assigned to them.

Message ID: MC285604
Published: 17 September 2021
Updated: 17 September 2021

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