Members of The Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD) have to sign an undertaking to observe high standards of fair and honest dealing.
- Professional conduct – observing accepted standards and laws; safeguarding individuals and communities against illegal or unethical professional conduct; respecting laws and conventions that regulate the import, export and transfer of cultural property; practising due diligence; and operating in an open and honest way.
- Respecting the origin of cultural property – initiating dialogues for the return of cultural property to a country or people of origin; returning cultural property that can be demonstrated to have been exported or transferred in violation of the principles of international and national conventions.
- Doing no harm – avoiding harm to an individual or a community or the general public.
- Respect for diversity of belief – showing respect for individuals, cultural groups and communities; giving consideration to the cultural and historical backgrounds, beliefs and values relevant to all parties concerned.
- Solidarity – recognising that we all have a shared humanity and an interest in furthering common goals and tolerating differences that respect fundamental human rights; rising above our differences to find common ground through co-operation and consensus.
In their guidance notes, the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers (SOFAA) provide a framework for their membership to promote high professional standards, honesty, probity, efficiency and integrity as auctioneers and valuers.
The Code of Practice for the Control of International Trading in Works of Art is adhered to by members of the UK fine art and antiques trade.
The Council for the Prevention of Art Theft (CoPAT) maintains a standard of due diligence which is designed to protect dealers and auctioneers from the activities of thieves and their accomplices, and also to impede the free flow of stolen material through the market.
Members of La Confédération Internationale des Négociants En Oeuvres D’art (CINOA) must adhere to a Code of Ethics and the Confederation’s Statutes, Byelaws and Guidelines.
The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) has published its Code of Usages and Customs which can be viewed in this resource.
The International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA) has published the Association’s Rules, including a Code of Ethics and Practice and Due Diligence Guidelines.
All current members of The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) are expected to conform to the Bye-laws of the Association which provide a framework within which the Council believes all good dealers should operate.
The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers (LAPADA) members adhere to a Code of Practice which aims to reassure the public and give them confidence when they make a purchase from a member.
Members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) adhere to the ABA Rules and Guidelines, which includes a code of ethics. This resource outlines guidelines for members, including advice regarding the restoration and preservation of historical materials.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme has published the voluntary Code of Practice for Responsible Metal Detecting which outlines guidance for individuals to be aware of before, during, and after going metal detecting.
The Institute of Field Archaeologists (IFA) has published a Code of Conduct which all individual members (of any grade of membership) must adhere to.
This resource outlines the codes of ethics that have been adopted by World Archaeology Congress (WAC).
This resource from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport outlines good practice guidance for museums acquiring and holding human remains from any period and aims to offer practical support in the care of human remains in museums.
The Museum Association Code of Ethics defines the ethical principles which guide museum practice and underpin policy and practice regarding the development of museum collections.