FIAF Code of Ethics' Revision Project

New deadline to submit your feedback: Thursday 24 November 2022

As presented at the 2022 FIAF Congress in Budapest, the FIAF Executive Committee has undertaken to review the Code of Ethics with a view to updating and enriching it. An initial review with comments was carried out in the Spring by members of the EC together with other archivists who were invited to join this reflection group. The results were presented at Second Century Forum in Budapest and gave rise to fruitful and inspiring exchanges.

As mentioned during the Forum, we wish to engage with the whole community and collect your opinions, expectations and ideas on the different categories which constitute (or may constitute) the Code of Ethics. We would be very grateful if you could take some time to share with us your ideas and/or expectations, and even references to existing documents that could inspire us. We look forward to receiving your input by 31 October. You can choose to keep your submission anonymous if you feel more comfortable that way.

Your feedback will be carefully read and included in the reflection material for the working groups which will be constituted this autumn. If you would like to become an active member of one of these thematic groups (see the categories in the list below), please email us at coe@fiafnet.org, specifying which group you would like to join, and telling us how you could contribute (Please only commit to being actively involved if you think you can devote some hours per month to the project the coming months.)

We will keep you informed of the development of the project, and expect to open a second consultation, probably online, open to all members at the beginning of 2023.

Thank you for your contribution!


Camille Blot-Wellens, FIAF Code of Ethics Revision Project Coordinator

Michael Loebenstein, FIAF Secretary General

Ethical principles of curating analog, born-digital, and digitized films and other moving image materials. Ethical principles of digitization of film and other moving image materials (including film restoration).

(Currently 300  words up to the limit)

Respecting the moral rights and the dignity of people (including repatriation, right of indigenous communities, relations with former colonies). Personal conduct of staff and sub-contractors (including non-discriminatory behaviour of all kinds, in particular on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, beliefs etc.).

(Currently 300  words up to the limit)

Respecting intellectual property and the rights of its owners. Ensuring the integrity of records, of the stories contained in them, and preventing their misuse.

(Currently 300  words up to the limit)

Sustainability and environment.

(Currently 300  words up to the limit)

Responsibility within society / towards the public.

(Currently 300  words up to the limit)