Microsoft Entra access reviews

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This is the recommended API for access reviews. The previous version of the access reviews API is deprecated.

Use Microsoft Entra access reviews to configure one-time or recurring access reviews for attestation of a principal's right to access Microsoft Entra resources. The principals are users or applications (service principals). The Microsoft Entra resources include groups, applications (service principals), access packages, and privileged roles. Access reviews is a feature of Microsoft Entra ID Governance.

Typical customer scenarios for access reviews include:

  • Customers can review and certify guest user access to groups through group memberships. Reviewers can use the insights that are provided to efficiently decide whether guests should have continued access.
  • Customers can review and certify employee access to Microsoft Entra resources.
  • Customers can review and audit assignments to Microsoft Entra ID privileged roles. This supports organizations in the management of privileged access.

The tenant where an access review is being created or managed via the API must have sufficient purchased or trial licenses. For more information about the license requirements, see Access reviews license requirements.


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The following table lists the methods that you can use to interact with access review-related resources.

Method Return type Description
Schedule definitions
List definitions accessReviewScheduleDefinition collection Get a list of the accessReviewScheduleDefinition objects and their properties.
Get accessReviewScheduleDefinition accessReviewScheduleDefinition Get an accessReviewScheduleDefinition object and its properties.
Create definitions accessReviewScheduleDefinition Create a new accessReviewScheduleDefinition.
Delete accessReviewScheduleDefinition None Delete an accessReviewScheduleDefinition.
Update accessReviewScheduleDefinition None Update properties of an accessReviewScheduleDefinition with a specified identifier.
filterByCurrentUser accessReviewScheduleDefinition collection Retrieves all definitions for which the calling user is a reviewer on one or more instance.
List instances accessReviewInstance collection Get a list of the accessReviewInstance objects and their properties.
Get accessReviewInstance accessReviewInstance Read the properties and relationships of an accessReviewInstance object.
sendReminder None Send a reminder to the reviewers of an accessReviewInstance.
stop None Manually stop an accessReviewInstance.
acceptRecommendations None Allows the calling user to accept the decision recommendation for each NotReviewed accessReviewInstanceDecisionItem that they are the reviewer on for a specific accessReviewInstance.
applyDecisions None Manually apply decisions on an accessReviewInstance.
batchRecordDecisions None Review batches of principals or resources in one call.
resetDecisions None Resets all decision items on an instance to notReviewed.
filterByCurrentUser accessReviewInstance collection Returns all instances on a given accessReviewScheduleDefinition for which the calling user is the reviewer of one or more decisions.
Instance decision items
List decisions accessReviewInstanceDecisionItem collection Get a list of the accessReviewInstanceDecisionItem objects and their properties.
Get accessReviewInstanceDecisionItem accessReviewInstanceDecisionItem Read the properties and relationships of an accessReviewInstanceDecisionItem object.
Update accessReviewInstanceDecisionItem None For any accessReviewInstanceDecisionItems that the calling user is assigned a reviewer on, calling user can record a decision by patching the decision object.
filterByCurrentUser accessReviewInstanceDecisionItem collection Retrieves all accessReviewInstanceDecisionItems objects where the calling use is the reviewer for a given accessReviewInstance.
listPendingApproval (deprecated) accessReviewInstanceDecisionItem collection Get all accessReviewInstanceDecisionItems assigned to the calling user, for a specific accessReviewInstance. This method is being deprecated and replaced by accessReviewInstanceDecisionItem: filterByCurrentUser.
History definitions
List historyDefinitions accessReviewHistoryDefinition collection Get a list of the accessReviewHistoryDefinition objects and their properties.
Create historyDefinitions accessReviewHistoryDefinition Create a new accessReviewHistoryDefinition object.
Get accessReviewHistoryDefinition accessReviewHistoryDefinition Read the properties and relationships of an accessReviewHistoryDefinition object.
generateDownloadUri accessReviewHistoryInstance Generate a URI for an instance that can be used to retrieve review history data.
List instances accessReviewHistoryInstance Retrieve a list of the accessReviewHistoryInstance objects and their properties.
Get accessReviewPolicy accessReviewPolicy Read the properties and relationships of an accessReviewPolicy object.
Update accessReviewPolicy accessReviewPolicy Update the properties of an accessReviewPolicy object.
List definitions pending approval (deprecated) accessReviewScheduleDefinition collection Retrieves all definitions for which the calling user is a reviewer on one or more instance. This method is being deprecated and replaced by accessReviewScheduleDefinition: filterByCurrentUser.
List pendingAccessReviewInstances (deprecated) accessReviewInstance collection Get all pending accessReviewInstance resources assigned to the calling user. This method is being deprecated and replaced by accessReviewInstance: filterByCurrentUser.

Role and application permission authorization checks

The following Microsoft Entra roles are required for a calling user to manage access reviews.

Operation Application permissions Required directory role of the calling user
Read AccessReview.Read.All or AccessReview.ReadWrite.All Global Administrator, Global Reader, Security Administrator, Security Reader, or User Administrator
Create, Update or Delete AccessReview.ReadWrite.All Global Administrator or User Administrator

In addition, a user who is an assigned reviewer of an access review can manage their decisions, without needing to be in a directory role.

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