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 06 - 6. Membership Privileges

Section 1. Membership Card
Members in good standing shall receive a membership card.

Section 2. Right to Seek Election Individual Members in good standing may stand for election (i) to the Executive Board, (ii) as the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson of the Advisory Council or (iii) as the Chairperson of a National Committee, an International Committee, or a Regional Alliance.


Section 3. Designated Institutional Representatives
Institutional Members can designate three (3) persons to represent them on National Committees and International Committees, as well as at the General Conference and General Assembly. These persons need not be Individual Members of ICOM.

The names of the designated representatives shall be conveyed to the Chairpersons or to the Director General in writing signed by the head of the Institution concerned according to the circumstances at hand.

Designated representatives elected to assume a position within the board of a National Committee, an International Committee or a Regional Alliance, who, during their term, leave the employment of the Institutional Member must either become individual Members (if entitled to do so) or abandon their elected position.

Section 4. Student Participation Student Members shall be entitled to participate in the activities of National and International Committees, and shall also be entitled to attend and participate in General Conferences and General Assemblies, but they shall not be entitled to vote or stand for an office in ICOM.


Section 5. Special StatusHonorary and Supporting Members shall be entitled to membership rights and privileges but shall not be entitled to hold an elected office in ICOM.