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 37 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 in 2007 during the 21st General Conference in Vienna (Austria).

Article 27 - 27. 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 1901 law, the French-language version of these Statutes shall be 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 the reference for the purposes of clarification.

Section 3. Amendments
The Executive Council, the Advisory Committee, National and International Committees, Regional Alliances, and Affiliated Organisations may propose amendments to these Statutes.