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ICOM Code of Ethics for Natural History Museums

Following six years of research and work, ICOM’s International Committe for Museums and Collections of Natural History has published a new tool for the museum community: the ICOM Code of Ethics for Natural History Museums.

The document begins with a position statement explaining the purpose of Natural History Museums and their responsibilities.  It then focuses on the specific challenges of Natural History Museums in six sections, from the presentation of human remains and the dissemination of scientific data to the collection of rocks, minerals and fossils.  The Code ends with specific standards for taxidermy.

The English edition can be accessed here.