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 21 - 21. Income and Disbursements

Section 1. Income.  The financial resources of ICOM consist of the following:

  1. subscription fees paid by the Members,
  2. income from ICOM assets and activities,
  3. grants and private donations, received directly, and contributions from the ICOM Foundation,
  4. payments received within the framework of contractual agreements for services rendered by ICOM.

Section 2. Disbursements Expenditure of ICOM funds shall only be permitted to be made in accordance with the annual budget prepared under the guidelines established by the Treasurer and approved by the Executive Board.