Criteria for Inclusion in the Conservation Register

  1. The applicant (the owner or manager of the conservation practice) should be an accredited member of a professional body or association approved by the Conservation Register Advisory Board (see note 1 at foot of page).
  2. The applicant should be able to demonstrate that he or she has continued to develop his or her professional competence following initial training (see note 2 at foot of page).
  3. If the applicant employs staff, employees must be supervised in accordance with their experience.
  4. Records of condition and conservation treatments must be made and provided to the owner of an item. (Where these records form part of the contract with the client they should be retained in accordance with statutory requirements.)
  5. The practice must maintain suitable insurance cover against all risks appropriate to its operations. Unless insurance cover for objects in their care is included as part of the conservator’s insurance policy, clients should be routinely advised in writing that such insurance is their responsibility.
  6. The practice must meet all current Health and Safety legislation including the completion of risk assessments for all processes undertaken.
  7. Practice accounts and records must be maintained in accordance with statutory requirements.
  8. Referees must be provided for four separate projects/objects conserved. All the referees must confirm that the applicant offers a conservation service of good standard in an efficient and professional manner.

Note 1

The Conservation Register Advisory Board recognises accredited status from the following professional bodies and associations. Please access the links below for further information on how a conservator-restorer can apply for appropriate professional membership and become eligible for the Conservation Register:

British Antique Furniture Restorers' Association (BAFRA) full and full specialist member
British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers (BAPCR) fellow
British Horological Institute (BHI) accredited member (ACR) (through PACR*)
Institute of Conservation (Icon) accredited member (ACR) (through PACR*)
Society of Archivists (SoA) accredited member (ACR) (through PACR*)
Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works in Ireland (ICHAWI) accredited member


* PACR (Professional Accreditation of Conservator-Restorers). Please see the Conservation accreditation section for further information

Note 2

The Conservation Register Advisory Board may contact the applicant's professional body or association at any time for proof of continuing professional development.