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March 8, 2022

WEBINAR 7 March – ICOM Standing Committee on Ethics (ETHCOM)

On 7 March (1 pm CET), the ICOM Standing Committee on Ethics (ETHCOM) will host a two-hour webinar to kick off the second consultation concerning the revision of the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums. All ICOM members are invited to participate.

The ICOM Code of Ethics is the fundamental document that defines standards of principled conduct for museums and museum professionals worldwide. It provides a unifying framework for the profession and guides the field. As such, it is important that it reflect current values, attitudes, and concerns. In 2021, ETHCOM began the process of revising the current Code but wishes to be sure that as many of ICOM’s members as wish to participate are able to do so.

On 1 March 2022, the second phase of consultation about the revision of the Code will begin. ETHCOM will host a two-hour webinar on 7 March at 1:00 pm CET to introduce the consultation and elicit suggestions from the ICOM membership through discussions as well as through written comments.

Through this consultation ETHCOM seeks input through ICOM’s National and International Committees, Regional Alliances, and Affiliated Organizations, as well as directly from individual members, considering 3 questions:

  • What is currently missing in the Code of Ethics?
  • What is there, but needs to be changed?
  • What is obsolete in the Code and should be removed?

And during the week of 14 March, regional webinars will be held across the globe, led by members of ETHCOM, to seek more input on the revision.

All information relevant to the consultation has been brought together in the Member Space on the ICOM website.

The webinar will use Mentimeter as a way of capturing written comments from participants.  Here is a link that you can use if you would like to familiarize yourself with Mentimeter in advance of the webinar.

Contributions will be solicited through the webinars, the National and International Committees, Regional Alliances, and Affiliated Organizations.  Individual comments and suggestions may be sent to

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