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 36 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 07 - 7. Voting Rights

Section 1. Voting Rights
  The voting rights of Individual and Institutional Members at the General Assembly and for the election of the Executive Council are prescribed in the following sections of this Article, Article 10, Sections 2, 3 and 6, as well as Article 14, Section 5, in the case of meetings of the Advisory Committee; members present during voting may not have more than one proxy.


Section 2. Committee Vote
Each National and International Committee has the right to designate five (5) of its members (individual members or designated representatives of institutional members) to vote on its behalf on matters coming before the General Assembly.


Section 3. Affiliated Vote
Each Affiliated Organisation has the right to designate three (3) of its members (individual members or designated representatives of institutional members) to vote on its behalf on matters coming before the General Assembly.


Section 4. Non-Voting Members
Student, Supporting and Honorary Members shall not have the right to vote at the General Assembly of ICOM.