Code of Ethics

ICOM Code of Ethics for museums

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.

ICOM Statutes

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The Statutes of the International Council of Museums (hereinafter referred to as “ICOM”) is the basic document of the Organisation. The Internal Rules of ICOM and the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums define and complete these Statutes.

The new version of this essential document was adopted by the Extraordinary General Assembly of ICOM in Milan (Italy), held on 9th July 2016.

Article 19 - 19. General Triennial Conference

Section 1. Triennial Meeting
ICOM shall hold a General Conference every three (3) years.

In addition to holding meetings of the Executive Board, the Advisory Council and General Assembly, the General Conference is a joint meeting venue for all the International Committees as well as for other parts of ICOM.

At the General Conference, the members of the Executive Board and the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Advisory Council are elected, and elections are held for most of the International Committees.

Section 2. ResolutionsThe General Conference shall be entitled to propose resolutions arising from its discussions for consideration to be made by the General Assembly.