Documenting the make-up and condition of objects, and noting any resulting recommendations.

There are many situations where you might do this, so you will often use this procedure together with others. As well as visual checks, the procedure might involve technical assessments such as scientific tests on material samples. Condition checks also inform recommendations for treating, storing and using objects. Over time, the resulting records provide an audit trail of changes to objects.

This procedure is closely linked to Collections care and conservation, with several checks or assessments likely in the course of conservation treatment.