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Commentaries to the Guidelines for Practice

Commentary 10 - Consultation

The conservation professional should view consultations or requests for second opinions as opportunities to ensure the appropriate level of care for the cultural property and to increase the knowledge of the owner, custodian or authorized agent. Such input should also be considered as opportunities for professional development.

  1. Rationale
    • To ensure that appropriate knowledge and skills are brought to bear on the conservation of cultural property.
    • To support the admonition in the Code of Ethics, IV regarding practicing within the limits of personal capabilities, education or available facilities.
    • To enhance the standing of the profession by acknowledging personal limits and recognizing the significance of the contributions of others.
  2. Minimum Accepted Practice
    • In order to provide an appropriate level of care, the conservation professional must consult with colleagues or allied professionals during the conservation process when it is necessary to complement one’s own knowledge.
    • Conservation professionals must recognize their limitations, and refer the owner, custodian or authorized agent to colleagues or allied professionals when they can better provide the required service.
    • When the owner, custodian or authorized agent seeks a second opinion, the conservation professional must cooperate with all reasonable requests. These may include providing referral information, or supplying the documented results of examination and analysis for which the conservation professional has been compensated.
    • When providing a second opinion, the conservation professional must offer an objective opinion, even if this includes adverse commentary about the professional conduct of a colleague.
    • After providing a second opinion, the conservation professional must refer the owner, custodian or authorized agent back to the original conservation professional, unless the conservation professional providing the second opinion believes this would endanger the cultural property.
  3. Recommended Practice
    • The conservation professional should be aware of allied and related professions and/or disciplines, in order to offer more informed recommendations or referrals.

 

Approved by the AIC Board November 1999.