On the occasion of the presence of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations (E.C.C.O.) in Athens in 15-16 May 2022, the 1st European one-day conference on the protection of the Conservation-Restoration (CR) profession entitled “Ensuring high quality in safeguarding Cultural Heritage - The vital importance of protecting the title and regulating the profession of Conservation-Restoration in Europe” took place in 17 May 2022 at the Acropolis Museum. The conference is organized by the Association of Conservators-Restorers of Antiquities and Works of Art – Greece (ACAWA-GR) with the participation of the Directorate of Conservation Restoration of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Sports and E.C.C.O..

The aim of both the conference and the proceedings is to present the legal framework in different European countries, which are also members of E.C.C.O., for the protection of the title and the regulation of the CR profession. The main goal is to present different existing legislations and regulations at national level in order to identify the minimum requirements for the protection of the title and the profession at European level. Moreover, emphasis has been placed on identifying potential areas of improvement.