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Title:Codes of Ethics for Archivists
Date of publishing:July 29, 2010
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Codes of Ethics for Archivists



Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), Mission Statement (incl. Code of Ethics) (s.d.) [E]
Concerned Archivists Alliance (CAA), Statement of Purpose (2017) [E]
International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), IFLA Statement on Access to Personally Identifiable Information in Historical Records (2008, updated 2019) [E
Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM), Code of Ethics (s.d.) [E]
International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA), The Safeguarding of the Audio Heritage: Ethics, Principles and Preservation Strategy (1997; 2001; 2005) [E][F][G][Swedish]

International Council on Archives (ICA), Constitution  (2012) [E][F][S]
—, Code of Ethics (1996) [A][C][D][E][F][G][I][P][R][S][Basque] [Danish][Dutch/Flemish] [Galician] [Greek] [Hungarian] [Japanese] [Norwegian] [Polish] [Romanian] [Serbian] [Slovenian][Swedish]
—, Declaration on the Reclassification of Documents and Limitation to Their Access (2022) [E]
—, Guiding Principles for Safe Havens for Archives at Risk (2019): draft (2018) [E]; commentaries on draft (2018) [E]; final text (2019) [E]; commentary on final text (2020) [E]
—, Questionnaire on the ICA Code of Ethics: Results and Recommendations (2008) [E][F][S]
—, (Executive Committee), The View of the Archival Community on Settling Disputed Archival Claims (1995) [E]
—, Universal Declaration on Archives, Draft (2009) [E]; Final version (2010): [A][C][E][F][S]
—, (Committee on Best Practices and Standards / Working Group on Access), Principles of Access to Archives, Draft (2011): [E][F][S]; Definitive version (2012): [E][F]
—, Basic Principles on the Role of Archivists and Record Managers in Support of Human Rights, Draft (2014): [E][F][S]; comment by Centre for Law and Democracy (2015) [E]; Final version (2016): [E][F][S]
—, (with International Federation of Library Associations, IFLA), IFLA-ICA Statement on Privacy Legislation and Archiving (2020) [E]
—, Principles for Archives and Records Legislation: Draft (2004) [E]

International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), Code of Ethics (1998) [E][F][S]
United Nations, Vienna Convention on Succession of States in Respect of State Property, Archives and Debts (1983) [This convention never entered into force.][E][F]
UNESCO, Model Bilateral and Multilateral Agreements and Conventions concerning the Transfer of Archives (1981) [E]
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Report on Archives as Means to Guarantee the Right to the Truth (2011) [E][F][S]
United Nations, Rule-of-Law Tools for Post-Conflict States: Archives (2015) [E]

Australian Library and Information Society (ALIA), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols for Libraries, Archives and Information Services (1995) [E]
Australian Society for Archivists (ASA), ASA Code of Ethics (1993) [E]
Oberösterreichische Landesarchiv (OÖLA), Leitbild für Archivare(s.d.) [G]
Association des archivistes du Québec (AAQ), Code de déontologie (s.d.; 2005) [F]
—, La Déclaration québécoise sur les archives (2006) [Catalan][E][F][S]
Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA), Code of Ethics (s.d.; 1999) [E]
Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC) & Canadian Association of Professional Conservators (CAPC/ACRP), Code of Ethics and Guidance for Practice / Code de déontologie et Guide du praticien (1986; 1989; 2000) [E][F]
Library and Archives Canada, Code of Conduct: Values and Ethics (2012) [E] ♦ Public Statement jointly issued by Association des archivistes du Québec, Association of Canadian Archivists, and Canadian Council of Archives concerning this code (2013) [E][F]
European Archives Group (EAG), Guidance on Data Protection for Archive Services (EAG Guidelines on the Implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation in the Archive Sector): draft [E]
European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations (ECCO), E.C.C.O. Professional Guidelines (2002) [E]
Association des Archivistes Français (AAF) Code de déontologie (1996) [F]
Codice di deontologia e di buona condotta per i trattamenti di dati personali per scopi storici / Code of conduct and professional practice regarding the processing of personal data for historical purposes (2001) [E][I] ♦ replaced by: Regole deontologiche per il trattamento a fini di archiviazione nel pubblico interesse o per scopi di ricerca storica   Deontological rules for the processing [of personal data] for archiving purposes in the public interest and for historical research purposes (2018) [I] 
The Netherlands
Koninklijke Vereniging van Archivarissen in Nederland (KVAN), Beroepscode voor archivarissen (1997) [D]
Nederlandse Vereniging van Restauratoren (Dutch Association of Professional Restorers) (VeRes) Code of Ethics (1992; 2003) [E]
New Zealand
Archives and Records Association of New Zealand (ARANZ), Code of Ethics for the Archives and Records Association of New Zealand (s.d.) [E]
Associação Portuguesa de Bibliotecários, Arquivistas e Documentalistas (APBAD) Código de ética (1999) [P]
Slovenský archív sociálnych dát (Slovak Archive of Social Data) (SASD), Etický kódex Slovenského archívu sociálnych dát (s.d.) [Slovak]
Associació d'Arxivers de Catalunya (Archivists Association of Catalonia), Code of Ethics of Catalan Archivists (s.d.) [Catalan][E][S]
Association suisse de conservation et restauration/Schweizerischer Verband für Konservierung und Restaurierung (SCR/SKR), Berufsbild und Ehrenkodex / Définition de la profession et code de déontologie (2005) [F][G][I]
Verein Schweizerischer Archivarinnen und Archivare (VSA) / Association des Archivistes suisses (AAS) / Associazione degli archivisti svizzeri (AAS) / Uniun da las archivarias e dals archivaris svizzers (UAS), Code of Ethics for Archivists (1998) [E][F][G][I]
United Kingdom
Archives and Records Association (formerly: Society of Archivists), Code of Conduct (1994) [E]
Institute of Conservation (ICON), Code of Ethics and Rules of Practice (2002; 2007) [E]
Lord Chancellor’s Code of Practice on the Management of Records under Section 46 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (2002) [E]
National Archives of Scotland, Data Protection Code of Practice on Archival Information (2010) [E]
Society of Qualified Archivists, Code of Ethics (2004) [E]
Standing Conference on Archives and Museums (SCAM), A Code of Practice on Archives for Museums and Galleries in the United Kingdom  (1990; 2002) [E]
United States
Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) The 2003 Role Delineation Statement Revision (2003) [E]
American Institute for Conservation (AIC), Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice (1979) [E]; (1985); (1994) [E]
Society of American Archivists (SAA) Code of Ethics for Archivists (1980); (1991) [E]; (1991 with commentary) [E]; (1992) [E]; (2005) [E]; Core Values Statement (2011) and Code of Ethics (2012) [E] (alternative version [E])
ALA-SAA Joint Statement on Access to Original Research Materials and Manuscript Repositories in Libraries, Archives and Manuscript Repositories (1979) [E]
First Archivists Circle, Protocol for Native American Archival Materials ([2007]) [E]
SAA, Standards for Access and Appraisal of Gifts (1973)[E]