For adult patients, medical records must be retained for a period of seven (7) years. (N.J.A.C. 13:35-6.5). For minors, a physician is required to maintain treatment records for a period of seven (7) years from the date of the most recent entry. The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners does not differentiate between minor and adult patients, and simply sets a seven (7) year retention requirement. However, in determining the retention period from a risk standpoint, the Statute of Limitation for filing a medical malpractice must be taken under consideration, which for a minor patient it two (2) years from when the patient reaches eighteen (18) years of age.