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 09 - 9. Governance Structure

ICOM’s primary authority resides in its Members. The General Assembly is ICOM’s supreme decision-making and legislative body, composed of all Individual and representatives designated by Institutional Members, Student, Supporting, and Honorary Members.

The Executive Board, composed of the Bureau and Ordinary Members elected by the General Assembly, is responsible for ICOM’s executive aspects.

The Advisory Council has an advisory role and is composed of chairs or delegated representatives of National and International Committees and Regional Alliances and Affiliated Organisations.