The Permanent UNIMARC Committee (PUC) was formed in 1991, in accordance with resolution No. 5 issued at the Seminar on Bibliographic Records held in Stockholm before the IFLA General Conference, August 1990. The main objective of the PUC is to control the UNIMARC format in accordance with the principles of Universal Bibliographic Control.

Since 2003 the PUC has been functioning within the UNIMARC Strategic Programme. For earlier UNIMARC activities see the Universal Bibliographic Control and International MARC Core Activity (UBCIM).

The PUC consists of a minimum of 7 and no more than 9 standing members, who are experts in UNIMARC and come from different countries and institutions having active UNIMARC experience. A maximum of 12 corresponding experts may be appointed for a two-year term by the Committee in consultation with the IFLA UNIMARC Strategic Programme to represent other geographical areas of UNIMARC expertise.



Terms of Reference

The main objective of the PUC is to maintain and develop the UNIMARC formats. In this role, the PUC

  • Maintains the UNIMARC format by discussing proposals documented by the UNIMARC Office on behalf of UNIMARC users and officially approving changes to the format. It liaises with Bibliography, Cataloguing and Classification & Indexing Sections, as well as with related Review  Groups, on matters of mutual interest.
  • Reviews the further development of the UNIMARC format to encompass new functions and new forms of materials and officially approves the results.
  • Acts as a review committee for UNIMARC documentation published by IFLA.


The Permanent UNIMARC Committee meets once a year. Reports from the official meetings are available online:

Reports of informal meetings at the IFLA General Conference:


The PUC is responsible for the preparation and dissemination of IFLA publications and other documentation regarding UNIMARC.
See the complete list of UNIMARC publications and UNIMARC formats and its updates.

Related UNIMARC and MARC Resources

UNIMARC is easy to use and provides a flexible record structure. If you are a UNIMARC user or if you would like to become one and have questions about its application or if you have suggestions to make, please contact the PUC Chair or the IFLA UNIMARC Core Activity Director.

Contact Addresses

Gordana Mazić
Chair, Permanent UNIMARC Committee

IZUM – Institute of Information Science
Prešernova ulica 17, 2000 Maribor
Tel. +386 2 252 03 31