Antiquities trading and safe havens: Codes of Conduct

Antiquities Dealers’ Association Code of Conduct

The Antiquities Dealers Association (ADA) is the pre-eminent trade association for dealers in antiquities within the United Kingdom and all members are required to adhere to this Code of Conduct.
Read the CoC online here.

Association of International Antiquities Dealers (AIAD)

The Association of International Antiquities Dealers (AIAD) intends to promote the benefits of artefact collecting and of the antiquities trade, to help prevent fraud and the circulation of forgeries. Publication of research into ancient artefacts in order to contextualize them within their source cultures benefits archaeologists, collectors, art historians and students of all aspects of human cultural activity.
Read the CoC online here.

Icon’s (Institute of Conservation) Code of Conduct for conservators.

Professional conduct with respect to items illicitly traded is covered most directly in point 4.14.
the CoC can be access online here, or downloaded directly: ICON Code of Conduct.

Association of Art Museum Directors: Safe Haven Protocols

AAMD has issued Protocols for Safe Havens for Works of Cultural Significance from Countries in Crisis, to help safeguard irreplaceable works of art and archeological materials that are currently in danger of destruction. The Protocols provide a framework for museums to provide safe havens for works that are at risk because of violent conflict, terrorism, or natural disasters. Under the Protocols, owners/depositors whose works are at risk of damage or destruction can request safe haven at an AAMD member museum where the works will be held until they can be safely returned. All works deposited with AAMD member museums as safe havens will be treated as loans. To ensure transparency, AAMD member museums accepting such works will register them on this new section of AAMD’s online Object Registry, where information on the objects will be publicly available. The full Protocols are available here.