Regulations on Membership Obligations

The principal condition of membership of APPC is that the member firm should accept and abide by the APPC Code of Conduct.  Any breach of the Code of Conduct will be dealt with in accordance with the APPC Complaints & Disciplinary Rules & Procedures and it is an obligation of membership that each member is bound by those Procedures.

Specific membership obligations are:

  • Undertaking an annual compliance procedure in respect of the Code of Conduct (Article 11)
  • Providing four times a year to APPC the names of all relevant clients and public affairs practitioners during the previous three months for publication in the APPC Register (Article 13)
  • Paying the annual subscription set by the Management Committee (Article 20).

APPC Register

 Information in a Register Entry

  • The name of the entity that is in membership of APPC and adheres to the APPC Code of Conduct
  • Contact details for the member organisation and website address
  • The names of any countries other than the UK in which the member organisation operates
  • In the case of agency member organisations, the names of the clients on whose behalf interaction with institutions of government has taken place or to whom public affairs services (as defined in the Code of Conduct) have been provided in the quarter being registered and only those clients.   The Code of Conduct defines public affairs (PA) services as “offering any advice, representation, research, monitoring or administrative assistance predominantly related to UK institutions of government”.
  • The names of the PA practitioners who have undertaken works that requires registration

All Party Parliamentary Groups

Any APPC member providing secretariat services to an APPG must list the APPG as a client in the APPC Register, indicating the name of any organisation(s) funding or otherwise supporting the APPG.  If any such organisation is also a separate client of the member, then they should also be declared separately. This applies even where the member’s work for the APPG is pro bono.  If the APPG has no funding, then this should also be declared.

APPGs need to be registered with the Parliamentary authorities and to comply with their rules.   APPC members must be bound by and comply with the rules of the Parliamentary authorities.  The rules require that - amongst all other financial support and material benefits given to an All Party Group - the Register of All Party Groups should record both the name of the consultancy providing secretariat services to an All Party Group and, where applicable, the source of the funding for that service (ie the name of the relevant client).  The APPG Rules can be found at www.parliament.uk/documents/pcfs/pcfsgroupsrules

Non-Compliance

In the event of non-compliance with any one or more of the membership obligations, a member’s membership may be suspended or terminated.  If any one or more obligations remains outstanding after six months, the member’s membership will be deemed to have lapsed.

  • A member’s membership may be suspended on failure to provide a statement of Code compliance and may be terminated if the statement of compliance is not supplied to the Association by 1st August in each calendar year.
  • A member’s membership may be suspended immediately if the information required for the Register is not supplied to the Association by the dates determined by the Management Committee and may be terminated if not provided within two months of the date set. If the Register is published, any missing entry will be noted as a late submission and, if that is the case, that the member’s membership has been suspended.

In the event of suspension, a member is required to comply with the membership obligations, but may not claim membership of APPC nor use the APPC logo on its website or publications nor in presentations to prospective clients or other third parties.

A member’s membership may be terminated by the Management Committee in accordance with Article 20.

If a member wishes to resign his membership of the Association when a complaint has been received by the secretary, such resignation will not become effective until the complaint has been disposed of.

 

 

APPC Management Committee

August 2014

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