Disciplinary regulations

One of the many roles of the Museums Association (MA) is to set and monitor standards of behaviour within the museum community.

Museums and their collections are within the public realm and the public have a right to expect that museums in the United Kingdom and those that work in them act with integrity, honesty and fairness. Museums are, and must remain, trusted organisations.

However, there may well be times when individual or institutional members of the Museums Association breach acceptable standards of behaviour. If public and stakeholder confidence is to be maintained it is essential that the MA seeks to remedy any wrongdoing and, if necessary, disciplines those involved.

In order to ensure that any disciplinary investigation of members is carried out in a clear, logical and transparent way the Board of the MA agreed these disciplinary regulations in July 2015.

These regulations have been drawn up using legal advice and set out how the MA will deal with potential problems.

The regulations relate to the MA's Code of Ethics in that the Code of Ethics sets out the standards of behaviour that the MA expects of its members.

Every potential disciplinary issue is different and the MA has to be flexible in how it approaches each individual case. What these regulations provide is a framework for assessing the problem in a way that is seen to be balanced and fair but at the same time ensures that the good name and reputation of the MA and the museum community in the United Kingdom is maintained.

Links and downloads

Disciplinary regulations (word)


Code of Ethics


If members have any questions on the regulations or their application they should contact the MA's Director at: sharon@museumsassociation.org