OBLIGATIONS OF THE EXPERT
The most important aspect of an art transaction, especially for those who purchase, is the certificate of authenticity. When the work of an artist no longer living is about to be sold and there is no accurate certificate of attribution, the evaluation of an expert is critical
RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
The European Art Experts Association has ethical regulations that each member must follow:
1. The expert is responsible for his/her actions both in public and court.
2. The expert cannot submit an appraisal that is out of his/her field(s) of expertise, or when his/her interest would interfere with an objective assessment.
3. The expert does not submit appraisals for works of art that he/she has not personally examined.
4. There shall be no form of unlawful competition to replace a colleague who is about to receive a commission.
5. The expert called to authenticate a work must deterine whether it was previously evaluated or certified, and contact the colleague if alive.
7. An expert who has worked for an auction house cannot accept a commission from individuals or institutions for the same art previously evaluated.
8. The expert is bound by professional secrecy.