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The Charter of International Fireworks Association--International Fireworks Association(IFA)

The Charter of International Fireworks Association

The Charter of International Fireworks Association

Chapter 1 General Rules

1.International Fireworks Association (IFA), headquartered in Liuyang, China, is a non-governmental & non-profit-making international fireworks organization registered in China dedicated to the future of fireworks.

2.IFA aims

a) To place effort to strengthen the mutual-beneficial cooperation among all segments of the fireworks industry promoting the smooth development in production, trade and use.

b) To devote itself to strengthening international cooperation in order to promote and maintain safety, quality and technology.

c) To encourage and promote safety in all aspects of the fireworks industry, including manufacturing, transportation, storage, packaging, professional displays and the use of fireworks by individuals.

d) To work to harmonize definitions standards, and regulations, government agencies, and other organizations worldwide with respect to issues involving fireworks

e) To provide information and assistance to fireworks associations, government agencies, and other organizations worldwide with respect to issues involving fireworks safety.

f) To promote the protection of intellectual property rights and to encourage all members to observe all laws and regulations relating to trade marks, patents and copyrights.

g) To sponsor international meetings to provide a forum for the discussion of fireworks safety matters, as well as other matters related to the international fireworks industry.   

h) To improve its ability of adapting to the continuously changing environment through various support systems.

i) To conduct other sustaining auxiliary activities for realization of objectives above and maintenance of the core benefits of the association.

Chapter 2 Membership

3.Fireworks organizations of china, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other countries or regions are founding members of International Fireworks Association.

4.Fireworks producers, traders, associations, research institutions and related organizations of all countries or regions can join IFA and pay membership dues by the tenets of “ equality, mutual benefits & free will”. Fireworks governing governmental institutions of all countries or regions can join IFA as observers.

5. Periodic registration mechanism is established for association members: once every two years.

Chapter 3 Organic Frameworks

6. The executive council, consisted of three representatives elected by all members, is the leading organization of the association, establishing a safety committee and a trade committee below.

7.Major authorities of the executive council:

a)  To draw up and amend The Chapter;

b)  To elect and recall the chairman, executive vice-chairman, vice chairman, secretary-general and deputy secretary-general;

c)  To draw up annual working plans and financial budgets;

d)  To arrange convening of annual meetings;

e)  To discuss and work over absorption of new members;

f)  To determine the issue of termination;

g)  To solve disputes between members;

h)  To make other important decisions.

8. The executive council has one chairman, three executive vice-chairmen and five commissioners, all elected by and responsible for the council itself. The executive council establishes a safety committee and a trade committee below it, each has one chairman responsible for reporting to the council. Chairman and every vice chairman of the executive council are elected for a term of two years, and are changed or re-elected on annual meetings.

9. IFA establishes the secretariat as its daily agency, working in Libyan. The agency is composed of one secretary-general, one deputy secretary-general and several secretaries respectively in charge of special things. The fund budget for the secretariat is discussed and determined during annual meetings of the association. During the adjournment of the executive council, the secretary general is responsible for daily works of association.

10. Major responsibilities of the secretariat are:

a) To carry out decisions of the executive council, to be responsible for and report to the executive council.

b) To handle daily works of association;

c) To make contacts with related governmental departments, international organizations and members of executive council & the association;

d) To organize and prepare for important meetings and activities;

e) To collect data on production and trade;

f) To manage the electronic website;

g) To edit and issue publications of the association;

h) To manage the finance of the association;

i)  To implement other responsibilities accredited by the executive council.

Chapter 4 Procedures for Secession or Replacement

11.Members have the right to secede the association. The member to secede should submit written application two months in advance, explain reasons for secession and gain approval by the executive council.

12.Any member to secede should inform the organization it represents in advance, and the organization should submit written notice to the chairman.

13.If a vacancy appears in the council or committee, the member organization related to the vacant position should recommend replacement in written form.

14.If any member is unable to be present at the council or committee meeting, the related member organization should appoint one replacement for attending the meeting. The appointment should be in written form, and the replacement can enjoy all rights of a formal commissioner.

Chapter 5 Procedure for Amendment

15.Only when two thirds of the members put forward the revision, the chapter can be amended.

16.Any suggestions about amending the chapter should be informed of the chairman 60 days prior to the annual meeting, enabling the chairman to ask for the comments of the executive committee.

17.Under special emergent circumstances, suggestions about amending the chapter should reach the chairman by fax 15 days ahead of the annual meeting. The chairman can approve in advance, but only when two thirds of the executive committee agree can the amendment be validated.

Chapter 6 Meeting

18.The association should hold at least one annual meeting every two years in every founding member country or region by turn. Every convention should decide where to hold the next one.

19.When one third of the members (members themselves or their attorneys) are present, the council meeting is legal. Every member has one vote right.

20.When one third of the representatives of member countries or regions (members themselves and their attorneys) are present, the convention is legal, every member country or region has only one vote right.

21.Member countries/regions or members of the council/committee can accredit attorneys to vote, but only official representatives can accredit attorneys and they should submit written materials detailing the accreditation to the chairman one day ahead of the meeting/convention.

22..Meratious cahiers should be made for the convention or the council meeting and be submitted to member organizations or members.

Chapter 7 Procedure for Termination

23.The executive council should put forward the motion for termination when the tasks of the association are accomplished, or when the association need be disbanded, or when the association   need be written off for schism, combination or other reasons.

24.The association termination motion should be voted and passed by the executive council.

25.The association is terminated after Chinese national association registration management authority finishes the write-off transaction.

Chapter 8 Fund for Activities

26.The association fund comes from:

a) Membership dues paid by all members;

b) Interests of bank deposits;

c) Voluntary subsidizes from members and donations from outside the association;

d) And revenues earned by services the association provides.

27.The membership dues standard should be discussed and determined on the association convention.

28.Any member of the association can present proposals for modifying the amount of membership dues. And the sum of the dues can be adjusted when the proposal pass the convention where the present members or efficient clients they accredits vote.

29.The association fund should be used for special purposes.

Chapter 9 Supplementary Articles

30.This chapter is implemented after discussed and passed on the association membership convention.

31.Only the executive council has the right to explain the statute.

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