IFLA Risk Register

for Documentary Cultural Heritage

Interior view of the Holland House in Kensington, London after bombing (1940)
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“Prevention is better than cure. Risk management can minimise the likelihood of degradation of collections.” 

- UNESCO 2015 Recommendation Implementation Guidelines

The IFLA Risk Register Toolkit works to help prevent the loss of documentary heritage collections of all kinds.

It is a record of collections, combined with a suite of tools to help collection owners recognise risks and takes steps towards risk reduction. 

The Risk Register helps identify irreplaceable documentary heritage collections, so that in the event of a human-caused or natural disaster, we have the information necessary to help secure their safety. Similar resources exist already for museums (provided by ICOM) and monuments (provided by ICOMOS).

Information held on the Risk Register is strictly confidential and will not be made publicly available.. IFLA does not make this information public, but, when necessary, will share with official cultural property protection partners such as UNESCO and Blue Shield International. 

How it Works 

The IFLA Risk Register Toolkit is comprised of three stages: Recognise, Register, and React.


Do you recognise the risks that might be present for your collection? This step will provide tools and resources to get started assessing risk and creating a risk management plan. 


Having a properly catalogued collection is vital for risk reduction. Here you can begin the application process for inclusion on the IFLA Risk Register. 


No matter your capacity level, there are most likely some steps you can take now to help reduce risk. This step provides tools, resources, and guidance to help. 

Do you have questions on how the Risk Register can help you safeguard your collections? Click here for more information.


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Last update: 23 March 2021

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