Ethics and museum professionals’ exemplary practices are essential for ICOM.
ICOM Code of Ethics for museums was adopted in 1986 and revised in 2004. It establishes the values and principles shared by ICOM and the international museum community. It is a reference tool translated to 38 languages and it sets minimum standards of professional practice and performance for museums and their staff.
By joining ICOM, each member commits to respect this code.
The new version of this essential document was adopted by the Extraordinary General Assembly of ICOM in Milan (Italy), held on 9th July 2016.
Section 1. Organisation
The Advisory Council is the advisory body of ICOM. It consists of Chairpersons (or their appointed representatives) of National and International Committees, Regional Alliances, and Affiliated Organisations.
Section 2. Functions of the Advisory Council
The Advisory Council advises the Executive Board and the General Assembly on matters concerning the policies, programmes, procedures and finances of ICOM, and may propose amendments to the Statutes. It advises on matters and activities in the general interest of ICOM, as recommended by the Executive Board and other ICOM components. The activities of the Advisory Council shall be reported to the General Assembly for approval at its next meeting.
Section 3. The Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson, the representative for National Committees, and the representative for the International Committees.
The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Advisory Council shall be elected by the membership for a three (3)-year term of office. The Advisory Council Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson may serve two (2) consecutive terms.
The Chairperson of the Advisory Council shall prepare, convene and chair the meetings of the Council, and shall serve as an ex officio member of the Executive Board, as the Elections Officer of ICOM and ultimately, as an ex officio member of the Board of all Regional Alliances.
The Vice Chairperson carries out the functions and tasks assigned to him/her by the Chairperson; he/she provides any assistance required by the latter and, in his/her absence, convenes and chairs meetings.
If the office of Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson becomes vacant, during its next meeting, the Advisory Council shall elect one (1) of its members to be Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson to deputise the former Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson for the duration of his or her remaining term of office.
A representative of the overall National and International Committees shall be elected by the chairs or delegated representatives of National and International Committees respectively for a period of three (3) years beginning from the year following a General Conference to the year after the next General Conference. They shall only be permitted to be re-elected a single (1) time.
Each representative convenes and chairs each separate meeting of the National and International Committees at the Advisory Council sessions and co-operate with the Chair of the Advisory Council.
If the office of representative of the National or International Committees becomes vacant, during its next meeting, the Chairpersons or delegated representatives of National and International Committees respectively shall elect one (1) of its members to be a representative for the overall National or International Committees and deputise the former representative for the duration of his or her remaining term of office.
Section 4. Annual Meeting The Advisory Council meets at least once (1) a year within the scope of an ordinary session, held on the same date and at the same venue as the General Assembly.
Section 5. Voting
Each National and International Committee, Regional Alliance and Affiliated Organisation shall be entitled to one (1) vote.
A member of the Advisory Council (other than the Chairperson) may be represented by another member of ICOM at a meeting of the Council, but no person may hold more than one (1) proxy.
Section 6. Quorum and Majority The quorum for a meeting of the Advisory Council shall be one-half (50%) of its members. If this quorum is not obtained, the Advisory Council shall be convened again at the same place within a period of twenty-four (24) hours. Regardless of the number of members present and being represented at that time, the Advisory Council shall have the power to deliberate. The Advisory Council decisions shall be subject to a simple majority between the members present and being represented.