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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.

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Alert - Fake ICOM certificates

There are fraudulent websites which imitate ICOM institutional website. These websites  are not operated by or authorised by ICOM.
In return for a fee, some websites claim to provide certificates of authenticity permitting the unrestricted import and export of African cultural heritage. The certificate supposedly releases the bearer from requiring any other documents such as the title deed, export certificate and license, certificate of expertise, certificate of authenticity, etc.

ICOM does not provide certificates of expertise, origin or authenticity. These certificates must be obtained from the relevant national Government authorities.

Many people have already fallen victim to the scam, particularly concerning Cameroon. Please exercise vigilance, with respect to relevant national and international legislation, when taking part in transactions involving cultural heritage property.

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