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.
Appeal to the European Parliament and Commission, to the Parliaments and Governments of European Countries and to Regional and Local Governments
Support Culture and Museums to Face the Global Crisis and Build the Future (2013)
Declaration of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the World Federation of Friends of Museums (WFFM) for worldwide Sustainable Cultural Tourism. (2007)
Illicit traffic on internet. Appeal from ICOM, UNESCO and Interpol (2007)
Statement by the President of ICOM on current legal actions against museums for the return of illegally exported cultural property (especially Italy Vs the J Paul Getty Museum) (2006)
Promoting the use of Mediation in Resolution of disputes over the Ownership of objects in Museum Collections: Statement by the President of ICOM Alissandra Cummins (2006)
Museums, Intangible Heritage and Globalisation - The Shanghai Charter (2002)
Appeal to Assist the National Museum of Afghanistan (2002)
Arusha Appeal (1993)