The ICOM Ethics Committee (ETHCOM) has issued two new standards that complement the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums.
Standards on Accessioning of the International Council of Museums
These guidelines elaborate upon the principles expressed in the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums concerning the acquisition and accessioning of objects for museum collections, notably: “Museums have the duty to acquire, preserve and promote their collections as a contribution to safeguarding the natural, cultural and scientific heritage. Their collections are a significant public inheritance, have a special position in law and are protected by international legislation. Inherent in this public trust is the notion of stewardship that includes rightful ownership, provenance, permanence, documentation, accessibility and responsible disposal”.
Standards on Fundraising of the International Council of Museums
The following standards elaborate on the principles of the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums concerning the development of financial resources for a museum through fundraising. In this document, financial support refers to money raised by a museum from external sources including individuals, philanthropic organisations, foundations, businesses, and governmental bodies. In all circumstances, museums must comply with all applicable laws related to raising funds for its activities and should reference the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums as a cornerstone of all fundraising policies.