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 20 - 20. Secretariat

Section 1. Role
The Secretariat, consisting of the Director General and other staff members of ICOM, is the operational centre of ICOM. It evaluates and initiates programmes, handles membership files, records and manages finances, and protects and promotes the identity of the Organisation.

Section 2. OperationsThe Director General is the Chief Executive Officer employed by ICOM and is responsible to the Executive Board for the efficient and effective management of ICOM, in addition to the resources required for ICOM’s operations and the daily operations of the Secretariat, as well as for the promotion of the interests of ICOM and communications with its Members, committees, task forces and working groups. Within the scope of day-to-day matters, the Director General reports directly to the President of ICOM. The Director General shall be appointed by the President subject to the approval of the Executive Board.