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 09 - 9. Governance Structure

The primary authority of ICOM resides through its Members.

The Executive Council, composed of officers and at-large (ordinary) Members elected by the General Assembly, is responsible for the managerial aspects of ICOM.

The Advisory Committee, composed of Chairpersons of National and International Committees and Regional Alliances and Affiliated Organisations, has an advisory role to represent its membership in the activities of ICOM.