Code of Ethics

The ARA Board has approved an updated Code of Ethics.

ARA Code of Ethics

The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to set out the standards of professional behaviour expected of archivists, archive conservators, records managers and those occupied in related activities, who are individual members of the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland). All other ARA members are required to recognise the Code and not to act in any way to undermine its provisions. No exhaustive Code of Ethics can be laid down to cover all situations. However, the Board of the Association is always available to provide guidance. Individual members have a duty to obtain a ruling, through the Honorary Secretary of the Association, on all occasions when they are in doubt as to the proper standards of professional behaviour.

We welcome feedback and suggestions to improve the Code of Ethics. This is a live document kept under regular review. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any comments.


Equal Opportunities Policy

The Association is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all within the world of archives, records management and archive conservation, regardless of race, colour, religious beliefs or practices, ethnic or national origin, disabilities, gender, sexuality,marital status and age. In particular the Association is committed to encouraging equal access to education and training, employment and advancement within the profession.