International Council
for Archaeozoology


ICAZ is committed to making available to the public the formal policies that govern its activities and annual reporting on its activities.

Statutes of ICAZ

The ICAZ Statutes were developed and adopted in 1976 during the first official meeting of the ICAZ International Committee. The meeting took place in September 1976 at the 9th Congress of the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (UISPP) in Nice, France. These statutes have since been amended, first in 1989 and again in 1997, 2002 and 2014. Read the Statues of ICAZ.

Professional Protocols

In September, 2008 the Task Force proposed to the Executive Committee and International Committee of ICAZ a statement of professional standards and best practices that takes the form of an ethical statement and guidelines to support the members rather than as mandates for members or for governing or supervisory agencies. These recommendations are actions that most of archaeozoologists can implement in their own conduct, regardless of working conditions. After an open comment period, these professional protocols were adopted by ICAZ on August 29, 2009. Read the Professional Protocols.

Privacy Policy

In 2013, the ICAZ Executive Committee approved a Privacy Policy, which details how ICAZ uses, and limits access to, personal information about ICAZ members in the membership database.

Health and Safety Guidelines

The Health and Safety page contains a partial list of some commonly encountered risks related to handling animal remains. Members are invited to add country/regional sources that complement the information provided on this page.

Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the governing committees of ICAZ are posted after every meeting. View a list of these documents.

ICAZ Code of Professional Conduct

All of us have looked on, from near or far, at various upsetting happenings within organizations and at conferences around the world with a sense of despair, anger or frustration. Places that should be a venue for the sharing of ideas, the building of collaborations and the nurturing of talent have been blighted by harassment, marginalization and unprofessional conduct. ICAZ has always endeavoured to be a supportive, inclusive and welcoming organization but, given the systemic failings witnessed elsewhere, the ICAZ EC and IC have increasingly felt that the expectations around professional conduct need to be formalized. We envisage the following first version of a Code of Professional Conduct as a shared statement summarizing expectations that can be adopted across ICAZ and ICAZ Working Group conferences and meetings:

The International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ) strives to create a positive, collaborative and supportive environment for all zooarchaeologists in which they can develop and thrive. As an international organization, we value diversity and acknowledge the benefit that a range of backgrounds, knowledge and experiences can bring to scholarship. To harness this diversity for the benefit of all members, and to provide a welcoming environment for all, we are dedicated to providing a harassment-free community and require that all members treat each other professionally and respectfully in all forms of communication [this includes, but is not limited to, professional conferences and workshops (face-to-face and virtual), networking, fieldwork, laboratory work, advising, emailing, texting and social media engagements]. The ethical treatment of colleagues, collaborators and communities is a central pillar of ICAZ and all members are expected to uphold the values of the organization.

First posted: June 2021. Last updated: June 2021

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