The International Council on Archives (ICA) believes that effective records and archives management is an essential precondition for good governance, the rule of law, administrative transparency, the preservation of mankind’s collective memory, and access to information by citizens.

The ICA is dedicated to the effective management of records and the preservation, care and use of the world’s archival heritage through its representation of records and archive professionals across the globe.


The ICA Biennial Conference takes place every two years and is the main event for that year. ICA has members in 198 different countries, as well as bringing together sections with common professional interests and regions with varying and different archival traditions. The Programme Commission focuses on key professional challenges and works to develop solutions and products to support the members in their work as well as to represent archives and records management interests, contributing advice as well as content in international cultural, heritage, governmental and technology representational bodies and initiatives. All of these separate strands of ICA’s work come together at conference time to be presented, discussed, and developed, and to inspire new initiatives and focuses for ICA bodies.

The Biennial Conferences are a new model that was validated by the ICA General Assembly on 20 October 2021 and Rome is the first such conference under this new model.