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The European Commission on Preservation and Access was established in 1994 to ‘foster, develop and support in Europe collaboration among libraries, archives and allied organisations, in order to ensure the preservation of the published and documentary record in all formats and to provide enhanced access to the cultural and intellectual heritage.’  One of the ECPA’s main objectives is to ‘collect, record and disseminate specialised information relating to new developments in access and preservation.’  The ECPA has an active publications programme and produces catalogues regularly, which can be obtained through the address above.

The Institute of Health Record Information and Management (IHRIM)

115 Willoughby Road

Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 9HR, UK

IHRIM is the professional association in the United Kingdom for medical records managers, clinical coding managers and medical archivists.  IHRIM provides certified training courses and guidance materials, and also issues a quarterly journal.

International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)

Via de San Michele 13

00153 Rome, Italy

Tel: +39 06 585 531

Fax: +39 06 5855 3349

Email: iccrom@iccrom.org

Website: http://www.iccrom.org

ICCROM is an intergovernmental organisation with ninety member states concerned with conserving all types of heritage, whether movable or immovable. ICCROM serves as a clearinghouse for information and a forum for discussion.  It seeks to integrate the conservation of cultural heritage by collecting, studying and disseminating information, coordinating research, offering consultancy assistance, providing training opportunities and promoting awareness of cultural heritage issues.

International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS)

The International Committee of the Blue Shield was established in 1996 by four nongovernmental organisations: the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).  The International Committee of the Blue Shield aims to advise on the protection of endangered heritage, to facilitate international response to emergencies, to encourage the protection of cultural property, to offer training at the national and regional level to manage and protect against disasters and to consult with other agencies on issues of preservation and protection.  As a cooperative programme of several agencies, the ICBS can be contacted through agencies such as the International Council on Archives.

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