Name, Site, and Aims/Objectives of the Association
Article 1. The name of the Association shall be the International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS).
Article 2. The site of the Association shall be the professional address of the current Secretary General.
Article 3. The Aims of the Association are:
a) Vision: Production of healthy crops economically and in a healthy environment for the benefit of all.
b) Goal: Stimulate the development and exchange of plant protection information among researchers, extension specialists, industrial scientists, growers, policy makers, administrators, crop protection consultants, and environmental and other interested groups.
c) Mission: Provide a global forum for the purpose of identifying, evaluating, integrating and promoting plant protection concepts, technologies, and policies which are economically, environmentally, and socially acceptable.
Article 4. To Achieve these Aims the Association shall:
a) Promote the application of the integrated pest management approach in research and in the application of the plant protection sciences;
b) Initiate and facilitate the coordination and integration of research and extension in the plant protection sciences on a regional and global basis;
c) Establish eight (8) Regional Networks Centers (RNCs) each managed by a Regional Coordinator under the policy guidance of a Regional IAPPS Council and the IAPPS Governing Board;
d) Organize meetings through the Regional Network Centers to report and discuss collaborative research and extension programs and to plan future research and pilot extension activities;
e) Provide for the organization, management, and oversight of the International Plant protection Congresses (IPPCs) as a major activity for integrating research and disseminating plant protection information and technology;
f) Sponsor a plant protection journal that will feature articles on IPM research and extension;
g) Provide, through special studies and resolutions, counsel and policy guidance for the global plant protection community;
h) Solicit individual, affiliate, associate, and corporate members as a means to effect programmatic integration within the plant protection sciences and to enhance communication among plant protection scientists.
i) Disseminate current regulatory and plant protection information on a global basis through an interactive web site.j) Promote the importance of intensified plant protection programs as a means of reducing the high losses to potential production (40+%) of major crops and increasing productivity to feed the world's growing population.
Article 5. The Association comprises three membership categories:
a) Individual Member: Any person engaged or interested in any aspect of the plant protection sciences (at the level of researcher, extension specialist, industrial scientist, private consultant, producer, farmer, etc.) may adhere to the Association through an Individual Membership.
b) Affiliate Member: Any plant protection society, association, federation or congress (international, regional, or national) may adhere to the Association as an Affiliate Member.
c) Associate Member: Any plant protection research, extension, or educational institution (international, regional, or national) may adhere to the Association as an Associate Member. [The adhering organization may also be a principal scientific academy or research council or any other appropriate institution].
Article 6. The Association adheres to the International Union of the Biological Sciences.
Article 7: The General Assembly.
a) The General Assembly constitutes the individual members and named representatives of other membership categories with voting privileges as determined when admitted to membership by the Executive Committee.
b) The General Assembly shall convene each four years at a time and place to coincide with the quadrennial International Plant Protection Congresses.
c) The General Assembly has the following functions:
To provide a forum for the discussion of the general policies and programs of the Association;
To consider matters of general interest to the members;
To provide for the presentation of honors and awards;
To approve changes in the Statutes of the Association; and
To provide for the installation of the new officers.
Article 8: The Governing Board.
a) The composition of the Governing Board and the election procedures for its membership are set forth in the By-Laws.
b) The length of service of any individual on the Governing Board shall not normally exceed three, four-year consecutive terms. The term of office of the Past President shall not be counted against this total.
c) The Governing Board may appoint any Committee, Commission, or Working Group that it deems necessary for the administrative and scientific work of the Association.
d) The Governing Board determines the admission criteria and the fees applicable to each of the membership categories.e) The Governing Board may accept and actively pursue financial support from other appropriate sources.
f) The Governing Board shall solicit nominees for and select the recipients of the "Awards of Distinction" to be presented at each IPPC.
Article 9: The Executive Committee.
a) The Executive Committee consists of the President, Secretary General, Treasurer, Past President, the Vice-President, and a representative from the Global Crop Protection Federation (GCPF).
b) The Executive Committee, to the extent practical, shall be representative of the main scientific interests of the Association. It shall conduct the affairs of the Association in accordance with decisions of the General Assembly and the Governing Board.
c) If either the Secretary General or the Treasurer should cease to be able to serve during their term of office, the President (in consultation with the Executive Committee) is empowered to appoint an acting officer until the next meeting of the Governing Board. Such an acting appointment would neither prejudice the elections for that office at the subsequent Governing Board meeting nor would it count against the total time of service on the Governing Board.
d) The Executive Committee decides on the admission of Affiliate, Associate, and Corporate Members.
Article 10: Standing Committees
a) The Governing Board is authorized to establish such standing committees as it deems necessary for the effective and efficient operation of the Association.
b) Standing committees which may be among those considered necessary by the Governing Board are cited in the By-Laws.
Regional Organizational Structure of the Association
Article 11: The Association shall comprise fifteen (15) geographic regions as follows:
- Region I – West Europe
- Region II – Eastern Europe
- Region III—North Africa
- Region IV – West/Central Africa
- Region V – East Africa
- Region VI - Southern Africa
- Region VII – West Asia
- Region IIX –South Asia
- Region IX– Central Asia
- Region X – Northeast Asia
- Region XI- Southeast Asia
- Region XII – Oceania
- Region XIII- North America
- Region XIV – Central America/ Caribbean
- Region XV - South America
: Administration of Geographic Regions.
a) A Regional Network Center (RNC) will be established in each geographic region and hosted by either an affiliate or associate member of the Association.
b) Each hosting entity for the Regional Network Centers shall nominate a candidate for the position of Coordinator. With approval by the Executive Committee, these individuals will serve as members ex officio (with vote) of the Governing Board.
Article 13: An Association Member of any category which is more than three months in arrears in payments to the association shall be considered resigned from membership in the Association.
Article 14: The Association's funds are in the care of the Treasurer. Expenditure is authorized by the Secretary General, acting in consultation with the President, for sums above a limit set by the Governing Board.
Article 15: An audit procedure shall be developed by the Executive Committee with the consent of the Governing Board. The Treasurer shall prepare accounts for each calendar year and forward them to the Executive Committee. The audited accounts shall be submitted to the Governing Board, reported to the General Assembly, and published.
Article 16: Each delegate to the General Assembly has one vote, regardless of delegate constituency or nature of the question. A delegate is defined as any individual who is a member of the Association in good standing under any of the membership categories cited above in Article 5.
Article 17: Within the framework of these Statutes, the Governing Board may draw up a system of by-laws, which can be approved and/or modified by two-thirds majority vote of the Governing Board.
Article 18: No changes shall be made in the Statutes unless a proposal to that effect is approved by the Governing Board and placed on the Agenda at least three months before the date of the General Assembly meeting and unless it is approved by two- thirds of the General Assembly Delegates present at the time of the vote.
Article 19: The International Plant Protection Congresses (IPPCs) are the main scientific meetings sponsored by Association. These congresses shall be held each four years at a site approved by the Governing Board. The Governing Board shall either exercise or delegate oversight responsibility for the congresses. The host country Organizing Committee has responsibility of generating the funds for each congress and assumes this obligation with the understanding that the Association bears no fiscal liability for the congresses. Participation in the IPPCs is open to both members and non-members of the Association (the registration fee may favor members).
Article 20: The English language shall be accepted as authoritative in the interpretation of these Statutes.
Article 21: The interpretations of the Statutes and By-laws by the Governing Board are final. The Governing Board promulgates and amends the By-laws where this is needed to clarify the Statutes or to improve the operations of IAPPS.