Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct: standards of practice

Ella Tushinsky Restoration & Conservation restores works in accordance with the ethical standards of the profession.

The original intent of the artist and the stages of restoration

The mark of time. The intervention of a restorer is an exceptional occurrence. As such, restorers must carefully consider both the history of an artifact as well as the passage of time, ever mindful of the artist’s original intent and the character and particular story of each artifact.

Restoration, one step at a time. The work of a conservator restorer can be broken into six stages:

Photographic documentation

Condition report


Preliminary testing


Treatment report.

Documentation and approach for restoration services

Artifact history. Photographic documentation and treatment reports are essential to understanding the history of a work of art. Combined they make up its “health record,” so to speak, recording the history of its transformations while describing and explaining the causes and the consequences of any previous treatments.

Guiding principles. As a rule, restoration treatments should always be:




readable / visible


carried out to ensure minimal intervention.

The Profession. All work undertaken at the Ella Tushinsky Studio fully complies with the above-stated guidelines for professional conduct.

Liens utiles / codes d’éthique

International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS):
→ Recommendations web page
ICBS (description):
→ International committee
ICBS (French chapter):
→ French chapter

Code of Ethics of the ICOM Committee for Conservation:
→ “The Conservator-Restorer: a definition of the Profession” (link)

European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organisation (ECCO) Professional Guidelines:
→ “The Profession and the Code of Ethics” (link)

Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC) and Canadian Association of Professional Conservators (CAPC):
→ Click here to download pdf

Federation Française des professionnels de la Conservation-Restauration (FFCR) – French Federation of Professional Conservatosr and Restorers:
→ FFCR website

Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF):
→ C2RMF website

Ella Tushinsky Fine Arts Conservation Restoration complies with ethics standards defined by the ECCO (European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organisation)