Articles of Association of the Asian Cellular Therapy Organization
- Ⅰ. Name, Office and Purpose
Article 1 Name
The name of this general incorporated association shall be the “Asian Cellular Therapy Organization” (a.k.a. “ACTO”).
Article 2 Office
The registered office of the ACTO is located at #803, 4-4-15 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0045 Japan.
Chairperson of Executive Committee and Secretary of ACTO are responsible for the operation of ACTO under advice from auditor.
Article 3 Purpose
ACTO is an organization for the development of cellular therapies for the patients benefit in Asian Countries under collaboration among academy, industry and regulatory authority together with other scientific society internationally and regionally.
Article 4 Activities
In order to achieve the objective set forth in the preceding article, the Association shall engage in the following activities:
- Holding academic conferences, symposium, and lectures;
- Issuing an academic journal (bulletin), these, and other publications in the future. For starting period, ACTO will share the information with members via website.
- Maintaining communication and cooperation with other national and international cellular therapy societies and other related academic associations in Japan and abroad;
- Other activities required to achieve the objectives set forth in the preceding article.
- Ⅱ. Membership
Article 5 Membership
The ACTO shall comprise of Societies/Associations countries and individuals from Asian who have paid their annual fees and agree to abide by the Articles of Association described herein. ACTO will have international membership for those who are living outside Asian countries.
For the beginning period, annual fee is not charged and annual fee will be charged after ACTO commence official journal or website information periodically.
Article 6 Annual fees
Annual fees shall be set by the Executive Committee. The annual fee for membership includes subscription to the “ACTO”. Previously paid membership fees shall not be returned for any reason whatsoever.
- Ⅲ. Executive Committee
Article 7 Members of the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is responsible for the management of the ACTO, and it includes Chairperson, the Editor-in-Chief, each subcommittees chair and Vice President of each country. Chairperson, Secretary and Auditor will be nominated by the election by the Executive Committee members. The Executive committee can nominate subcommittee for special purposes which comprises of individual members nominated by the Executive Committee.
- Ⅳ. Official meetings
Article 8 Official meetings
The ACTO shall hold its annual meetings as well as local meetings organized by regional branch. Regional branch can be organized in each country. Annual meeting shall be organized by President of ACTO and local meeting shall be organized by Vice President of each country.
Article 9 Meeting agenda
In conjunction with these annual meetings, the Executive Committee meetings shall be convened to verify, address and make decisions as required with respect to issues.
Chairperson shall provide agenda for the Executive Committee members prior to the meeting which include;
- Dates and location of forthcoming meetings
- Election of ACTO President and president elect.
- Themes/ issues to be addressed at forthcoming meetings
- Financial reporting
- Issues pertaining to “ACTO”
- Other issues
Article 10 Sponsorship for meetings
The ACTO annual meetings shall be sponsored by local organizing committee under President of ACTO in the country where annual meeting is held. Regional meeting shall be sponsored by reginal organizing committee under Vice President of the country where local meeting is held.
- Ⅴ. Revision and approval of the articles of association
Article 11 Revision and approval of the articles of association
The articles of association shall be revised for approval and/or revision at the Executive Committee meetings.
Article 12 Effective date
The Articles of Association shall be valid from November, 2013.
- Ⅵ. Budgets and accounts
Article 13 Fiscal reporting
The ACTO shall assign an official Accountant to give an accounting report for each fiscal year at the Executive Committee meetings for ACTO office operation. Accounting for annual meeting and local meeting shall be settled by local organizing committee following local regulations.
Article 14 Audit
The ACTO shall have its annual accounts regularly verified by a properly assigned auditor, prior to their submission to the Executive Committee for approval.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, these Articles of Association of the Asian Cellular Therapy Organization, a general incorporated association, shall be executed with the signature of Chairperson.