ARTICLES OF CONSTITUTION
THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLOUR
NAME - STATUS - COMPOSITION
The Name: The International Association
of Colour hereafter called IAC
IAC is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1984 to serve all those
associated with colour, whether in professional, technical, aesthetic,
therapeutic, or spiritual modalities.
The membership of IAC consists of the following categories as defined by Article
4. Honorary Fellowship
6. Colour Training Centres
7. Corporate Members
8. Affiliated Bodies
objectives of IAC are:
To promote awareness of colour in all its forms.
2. To provide a forum for discussion of
colour use in relaxation and therapy.
3. To maintain appropriate professional
standards of training and practice in use of colour and light in complementary
4. To apply objective standards of
assessment to use of colour in healing and other areas.
5. To maintain a website and publish
information to the membership and general public.
6. To be fully independent body, free
from corporate interest or bias
members of IAC acknowledge the following principles governing their relationship
with the public and the medical profession:
1. The welfare of the patient is
paramount in all healing activity.
2. The services of IAC should be
available to all who are in need of them.
3. IAC therapists do not undermine or
seek to replace qualified medical or other practitioners.
4. All members are required to abide by
the IAC Code of Ethics and the IAC Constitution.
membership of IAC shall consist of the following categories:
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP is available to anyone with an interest in colour.
Associate members can vote on IAC matters by postal ballot or at the AGM. They
receive periodic publications. Subscriptions are due on 1st March or 1st
September each year.
FULL MEMBERSHHIP is available to anyone who has been through a full training
with a recognised Colour Training Centre and graduated with a Diploma.
Alternatively, an intuitive colour healer, with no professional training, who
has been established for three years or more may apply to join as a Full Member.
Approved Full Members are entitled to
add the letters MIAC (Full Member of IAC) after their surnames. Full Members can
vote on IAC matters by postal ballot or at the AGM. They receive periodic
publications. Subscriptions are due on 1st March or 1st September each year.
Full Members will be listed on the IAC Register, which is made available to the
public (via print and website), unless they request otherwise.
PRACTITIONER MEMBERSHIP is available to Full members who are professionally
qualified, and who have been in colour healing practice for a minimum of three
years. They will need to be in current one-to-one practice and produce evidence
of Professional Indemnity and
Public Liability Insurance on an annual
basis. New applicants will have to produce the names of two sponsors and the
contact details of four clients who are prepared to vouch for effective
Approved Practitioner Members are
entitled to add the letters PMIAC (Practitioner Member of IAC) after their
surnames. Practitioner Members can vote on IAC matters by postal ballot or at
the AGM. They receive periodic publications. Subscriptions are due on 1st March
or 1st September each year. Practitioner Members will be listed on the IAC
Register, which is made available to the public (via print and website), unless
they request otherwise.
HONORARY FELLOWSHIP - free lifetime membership. This status is accorded to
selected members who have made a substantial long-term contribution to IAC.
COMPLIMENTARY MEMBERSHIP - free annual membership. For individuals whom the IAC
Committee feels deserve special consideration.
COLOUR TRAINING CENTRE MEMBERSHIP is open to colour schools which incorporate
the IAC Core Curriculum currently in force in their courses and meet all
conditions. Colour Training Centres (CTCs) affiliated to the International
Association of Colour uphold the highest standards set by IAC. IAC approved CTCs
are entitled to be affiliated to the Institute for Complementary Medicine in
London (ICM) and may work towards ICM Validation and Accreditation. Each
affiliated CTC has been assessed using a standard quality control and
presentation system, and the information is updated annually. Teachers are all
qualified in their subjects, and have teaching qualifications or proven
experience. Anatomy and Physiology (to ITEC level) and Counselling Skills (min.
30 hours) must be obtained by students before diplomas are issued. Supervised
practice is a requirement of all trainings, and IAC is currently proposing 30
hours as a minimum.
Approved Colour Training Centres will
be listed together in a standard format and their details
made available to the public (via print
and website). Their details are also published in each issue
of Colourama Magazine.
CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP is open to companies whose products may be of special
interest to IAC Members (e.g. Colour and Light Therapy Equipment, Colour
Psychology Systems, Stained Glass, Gels, Fabrics, Lighting, Therapy Furniture,
Art, etc). Corporate Members will be actively promoted by IAC and will feature
on the IAC Website. Their logo will appear on the front page linked directly to
their website. IAC will also provide one free page on the IAC website for
Corporate Members. A free leaflet display service is available for IAC's
conferences. Contact details of IAC's Corporate Members are published in each
issue of Colourama Magazine.
AFFILIATED BODIES are like-minded organisations which like to network and share
data with IAC in an informal way.
of IAC may be terminated in the following circumstances:
a) Subscription arrears in excess of
b) On expulsion for good reasons by
resolution of the Committee. A resolution for expulsion shall apply only if -
Written notice of the proposal for
expulsion stating the reasons and of the meeting at which it is to be considered
have been given to every member of the Committee and to the member concerned.
The member has been given a reasonable
opportunity to reply. The issue to be decided by a majority vote of the
Committee members present, which must constitute a quorum
The member shall be given twenty-one
days notice to attend in person or by representative at the meeting, or to
submit a written representation.
A copy is available from IAC CTC's or
IAC head office on request for those who wish to make a formal complaint about
treatment or training. Each case will be treated fully and fairly.
shall pay IAC such annual subscriptions as may be determined from time to time
by the Committee. They are payable on 1st March or 1st September according to
when the initial application took place. If an application is unsuccessful, the
subscription and initial registration fee will be refunded.
20% commission is paid to all IAC Representatives who bring in new membership
STRUCTURE OF IAC COMMITTEE
shall be a democratic IAC Committee with a range of functions. IAC Members are
invited to join the IAC Committee.
Non-Executive IAC Committee
Founder President: Theo Gimbel HMIAC - a lifelong title.
(no voting right)
/ Vice-President elected by the Committee from Committee members who have
(no voting rights) served at least
three years in an executive post within IAC. Election is
ratified at the AGM by a show of hands.
A three-year term is the
norm, but can be longer.
(no voting right, unless team is undecided, as Chairperson has the deciding
Chairperson (voting right)
for Chairperson and Vice Chairperson will be chosen by the Committee from
existing executive members who have served on the Committee for at least one
year immediately prior to their selection. Their election will take place at the
AGM by a show of hands and/or postal ballot of membership. A three-year term is
the norm, but can be longer.
IAC Committee members are proposed and seconded from the IAC membership, and
elected by a show of hands at the AGM. All committee members will serve a
probationary 6 months period, during which their contributions and suitability
will be evaluated before they can be confirmed in a suitable post by an internal
vote of the Committee. A three-year term is the norm, but can be longer.
Note that the various executive
functions may be combined according to the current availability of remunerated
or voluntary Committee Members. One person one vote.
Public Relations Officer
Publications Editor, Deputy Editor
? A separate category of Independent
Consultant exists so that IAC can benefit from a range of professional
expertise. Independent Consultants, if co-opted in as Committee Members for a
particular function, have the right to vote.
? The Committee will ideally be drawn
from a wide range of disciplines and/or CTC tutors.
? The Committee shall meet as and when
necessary (discretion of the chair), and will keep in regular communication to
report progress and discuss issues.
? Minutes shall be kept of all
Committee Meetings, including the AGM, signed by the Chairperson.
? The Committee shall have the power
a) Regulate its meetings and
b) Appoint two or three signatories any
two of whom shall be responsible for writing cheques on behalf of the
? The Treasurer shall present a
statement of accounts to the Committee on request.
? All expenditure other than routine is
to be agreed in advance by the Committee.
books and records of accounting shall be kept in respect of all monies received
or expended by IAC. These must be retained for a period of seven years. A
Statement of Account and Balance Sheet shall be prepared by a qualified
accountant and presented to the membership at the AGM.
In the event of a surplus, IAC
endeavors to create reserves. If such reserves build up above £1000 the IAC
Committee will decide on new projects (such as research, website revamp, or new
promotional material) which further the promotion of light and colour therapy
and aid the membership achieve its objective. IAC must operate within existing
budgets at all times.
promotes equal opportunities. The IAC Committee can from time to time decide
which posts are remunerative, and set an appropriate hourly rate of pay.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS/OTHER MEETINGS
shall hold an Annual General Meeting open to all for the following business:
To receive the Chairman's report
2. To receive the Treasurer's report
and Statement of Account and Balance Sheet for the preceding year.
3. To elect Committee Members and
ratify acting/co-opted Committee members.
4. Only members are eligible to vote.
Members must be able to show proof of membership on request.
5. The AGM will be held in October or
November, the date to be fixed by the Committee.
6. All members of IAC shall be given
printed notice of an AGM or special meeting at least thirty days in advance.
This notice will define the meeting, give the time, date and place of the
meeting, and describe the nature of the meeting in general terms (or the
pressing issue of a special meeting). No business shall be transacted unless
there are twenty members present, which shall constitute a quorum. (Three
persons shall constitute a quorum for special business.)
7. Advance nominations for Committee
membership must be received by the Chairperson from
the membership at least 30 days before
the AGM. Nominations on the occasion of the AGM will also be accepted and
co-option considered by the Committee after the event.
8. Minutes shall be kept of all
9. The AGM Minutes will be published to
the membership at least 30 days prior to the following AGM, and usually in the
next publication following the Annual General Meeting.
holds one Colour Therapy Conference with Exhibition each year following on from
the AGM. Speakers will be asked to present a wide spectrum of subjects relating
to healing, colour and light.
organization is the responsibility of the IAC Committee. Approval will be south
in respect of the date the conference will be held, the venue, costings,
speakers and workshops, flier image and layout. All other conference-related
task such as promotion, fundraising, website upgrades, ticket administration and
decisions about the structure of the day will be at the discretion of IAC's
CONFIDENDIALITY & DATA PROTECTION
IAC Committee discussions, however conducted, are strictly confidential.
Individual members can apply for a copy of the latest Committee Meeting minutes.
non-sensitive personal membership information is stored on computer, so the Data
Protection Act does not apply. IAC Committee Members are not entitled to use the
IAC databases for their private business interests, nor can they sell or pass on
IAC databases or any content thereof (such as contact details of IAC Members) to
third parties. To prevent misuse, all IAC databases will remain with the IAC
Head Office at all times.
PUBLICATIONS AND THE IAC WEBSITE
members will receive periodic publications. If finance allows, these will
consist of one issue of Colourama Magazine each year, and a minimum of one
ColourNews Plus newsletter each year.
will provide a website to promote colour therapy and its members. Inclusion on
designated member pages is free for all paid up members of IAC. The site is
regularly updated as finances allow. These website upgrades are calculated as
part of the membership subscription fee.
AMENDMENTS TO THIS CONSTITUTION
long overdue review of the IAC Constitution has been drawn up in April 2004 and
came into force upon agreement by the Full IAC Committee to reflect the current
workings of IAC, and will be ratified at the AGM 2004. In future this
constitution may be amended by a vote of the Full IAC Committee or a special
resolution of the membership at the AGM or at a special meeting. All changes to
be ratified at the next AGM.
DISSOLUTION OF IAC
shall be dissolved only on the passing of a special resolution for that purpose
to the membership at the AGM or at a special meeting. Should there be a surplus
of monies after dissolution, a charity chosen by the Committee shall be the