The cornerstone of ICOM is its ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums. It sets minimum standards of professional practice and performance for museums and their staff. In joining the organisation, ICOM members undertake to abide by this Code.
Documentation is essential to all aspects of a museums activities. Collections without adequate documentation are not true "museum" collections.
CIDOC, ICOM's International Committee for Documentation, provides the museum community with advice on good practice and developments in museum documentation.