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 23 - 23. Validation and Amendment

Section 1. Implementation
These Statutes shall become effective immediately upon adoption by the General Assembly.

Section 2. Official Document
Since ICOM is registered in France as an Association governed by the French 1901 Associations Act, the French-language version of these Statutes shall be deemed the official document on which all future translations are to be based.

In the event of litigation or misunderstanding, the French-language Statutes shall be solely deemed applicable for the purposes of clarification.

Section 3. Amendments
The Executive Board, the Advisory Council, National and International Committees, Regional Alliances, and Affiliated Organisations shall be permitted to propose amendments to the Statutes as well as the Internal Rules of ICOM.

All Members must be duly convened in compliance with Article 10 Section 4.

The Extraordinary General Assembly can adopt amendments to the Statutes in compliance with Article 10 Section 3 by obtaining a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Members present or being represented.