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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ICOM's Statutes are an essential document for the organisation. ICOM's rules clarify and complete these Statutes.

The Statutes are the foundations of the organisation and its functioning. They specify the objectives, the mission and the organisation of the structure.

The new version of this essential document was adopted by the 22nd General Assembly of ICOM in Vienna (Austria), held on 24 August 2007.

Article 25 - 25. Policies and Rules of Procedure

Section 1. Adoption of Policies
The Executive Council shall adopt, and may amend, such Policies and Rules as are required to give effect to the provisions of these Statutes.

Section 2. Rules of Procedure
The General Assembly and the Advisory Committee shall adopt, and may amend, its own Rules of Procedure. The General Conference shall adopt its own Rules of Procedure.