Icon launches updated Professional Standards and Ethical Guidance

Icon’s Professional Standards set the tone for the sector, outlining high standards of professional practice to which all Icon members are obliged to abide as a condition of membership. Similarly Icon's Ethical Guidance supports professionals in making the best decisions for objects and collections in their care. In this way, those commissioning conservation services from Icon members can rest assured their conservator will be working to the exacting standards demanded of Icon members - giving real peace of mind.

The conservation sector is constantly evolving as techniques and practice change over time. Given this, it is vital that codes of practice and guidance which define professional practice and guide and support professional conservators in their decision making are also updated and adapted to reflect this dynamism. 

Over the last two years, nearly 300 Icon members have taken part in a collaborative process to revise the Icon Professional Standards and Judgement and Ethics. This important document been reviewed and updated to reflect the times, and to ensure that it is compatible with the development of the new Icon Ethical Guidance. Both documents were formally adopted by the Icon Board of Trustees at their meeting on 24th June 2020. 

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