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.
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).
Section 1. Members
Membership shall be open to Museums, Institutions recognised by ICOM and Museum Professionals, and such other persons or institutions considered to be beneficial for the advancement of the museum community.
All persons eligible for membership shall indicate to ICOM that they wish to become Members, that they accept and will comply with the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums, and shall complete the application form to request membership.
Membership in ICOM shall not be available to any person or institution (including its employees) which trades (buys or sells for profit) cultural property including works of art, natural and scientific specimens, taking into consideration national legislations and international conventions. This disqualification applies to persons or institutions engaged in an activity which could cause a conflict of interest.
Only Honorary Members, as defined below in Section 3 of this Article, are exempt from this review process. Their candidacy is proposed by the Executive Council to the General Assembly, which decides to accept or reject it, by a simple majority.