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The American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) has developeSd a Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice  that each professional conservator must follow.  This includes the level of training and professional development of a conservator, the quality and nature of the materials we use and the theory of reversibility, the degree and quality of the documentation we provide, as well as the nature of the treatment procedures allowable, among other things.

Conservation treatments are conducted only by a professional conservator. Each conservator is trained in the sciences as well as the history of art and artists; providing an understanding of material properties and artist materials which facilitate the capability to remain true to the artist’s original intent (the aesthetic and appearance that the original artist desired.) 

Our management control system monitors each phase of a project in regard to schedule, budget, quality and performance. Close communication among client, conservator, appropriate historians and conservation scientists, as necessary; to ensure the successful execution of every project.

All services are carried out in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works(AIC).

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