International Professional Data Recovery Association
Articles of Association – Including liability of members

Article 1: Name, Seat and Duration

1.1 The Association bears the name: International Professional Data Recovery Association, abbreviated to 'IPDRA'.
1.2 The legal seat of IPDRA is the United Kingdom.
1.3 IPDRA is founded as an association under English law, as a result of which its articles will also be subject to English law.
1.4 IPDRA is founded for an indefinite period of time.

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Article 2: Mission and Objectives
2.1 IPDRA is founded as a non-profit association for purposes reflected in the following mission Statement: 'To provide the client a true reflection of the technical Data Recovery capability and experience of the International Professional Data Recovery Association member. Such purposes shall not prejudice the non-profit status of the Members of IPDRA.
2.2 The objectives of IPDRA are as follows:
1. To promote a professional Data Recovery standard and its practitioners across the world.
2. To advise on and contribute to the development of Data Recovery in the light of the continuing evolution of Data Recovery in accordance with the missions and objectives of IPDRA.
3. To stimulate the application of Data Recovery in way that will improve the quality of work undertaken and will provide benefits to all members.

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Article 3: Membership
3.1 Categories of membership. The association recognises the following categories of members:  Fellows, Corporate, Professional, Member and Associate.
3.2 All members with the exception of Associate members are qualified to vote. Whenever these articles refer to members, all categories of members are meant, unless laid down otherwise.

3.3 Membership categories
3.3.1 Fellow Members of the IPDRA must have the following qualifications/experience:
·  System area Repair
·  Firmware Repair
·  Head Stack Changes
·  Semi Conductor Removal
·  Semi Conductor Re-Write
·  Printed Circuit Board Repair
·  Software Repairs
·  RAID Data Recovery Techniques
·  Tape Data Recovery Techniques
·  Use an ‘in-date’ Clean Facility to ISO BSEN 14644
·  Have a Secure facility in which they operate

Also
Excess of 10 years documented experience
Recommendations from 2 or more Professional Members
Must been previously a Professional Member.
3.3.2 Corporate Members of the IPDRA must have the following qualifications/experience:
·  System area Repair
·  Firmware Repair
·  Head Stack Changes
·  Semi Conductor Removal
·  Semi Conductor Re-Write
·  Printed Circuit Board Repair
·  Software Repairs
·  RAID Data Recovery Techniques
·  Tape Data Recovery Techniques
·  Use an ‘in-date’ Clean Facility to ISO BSEN 14644
·  Have a Secure facility in which they operate


Cheques to be made payable to IPDRA

Also
Excess of 4 years documented experience
Recommendations from 2 or more Members
Have 2 Professional Members in your staff

3.3.3 Professional Members of the IPDRA must have the following qualifications/experience:
·  System area Repair
·  Firmware Repair
·  Head Stack Changes
·  Semi Conductor Removal
·  Semi Conductor Re-Write
·  Printed Circuit Board Repair
·  Software Repairs
·  RAID Data Recovery Techniques
·  Tape Data Recovery Techniques
·  Use an ‘in-date’ Clean Facility to ISO BSEN 14644
·  Have a Secure facility in which they operate

Cheques to be made payable to IPDRA


Also
Recommendations from 2 or more Members
3.3.4 Member of the IPDRA must have the following qualifications/experience:
·  System area Repair
·  Firmware Repair
·  Head Stack Changes
·  Semi Conductor Removal
·  Semi Conductor Re-Write
·  Printed Circuit Board Repair
·  Software Repairs
·  RAID Data Recovery Techniques
·  Tape Data Recovery Techniques
·  Use an ‘in-date’ Clean Facility to ISO BSEN 14644
·  Have a Secure facility in which they operate
Also
Recommendations from 2 or more Members
3.3.5 Associate Member of the IPDRA must have the following qualifications/experience:
Recommendations from 2 clients
5 or more years experience within the field of IT

3.4 Criteria for admission
3.4.1 The Committee decides on the admission of new members of all categories on the basis of the following criteria: a. their ability to represent nationwide professional, scientific and technical informatics interests; b. their ability to fulfil the mission and objectives of IPDRA; c. in the case of affiliate membership, their ability to add value to IPDRA activities and to strengthen mutual recognition.


3.5 Obligations of members Fellows, Corporate, Professional, Member and Associate members are required to support fully the mission and objectives of IPDRA, to attend Committee meetings, (where possible) and to participate in activities and events sponsored by IPDRA. All categories of IPDRA members are required to pay their membership fees on time and to promote the role and reputation of
3.5.1 The annual financial liability of each member is limited to the membership fee payable to IPDRA.

3.6 Termination of membership Without Prejudice to the provision in law, membership of any category of member shall be terminated under the following circumstances:
a. by the member giving at least six months' written notice, such notice to expire at the end of the current fiscal year
b. by IPDRA giving written notice, laid down by the Committee on the basis of at least a two-thirds majority of the votes. Such notice can be given:
* in case of bankruptcy and other comparable circumstances which can cause IPDRA or the profession to be brought into disrepute
* in case of being more than one year in arrears with payment of membership fees;
* in case the requirement for membership as laid down in these articles are not being fulfilled
c. by a decision to expel a member, arrived at by the Committee on the basis of at least a two-thirds majority of the votes. In case membership ends in the course of a fiscal year, the annual membership fee shall nevertheless be payable in its entirety. A member is not entitled to terminate membership in the case of alteration of financial rights and obligations of the members, save in the way laid down above (subparagraph a) with regard to notice expiring at the end of a fiscal year

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Article 4: Organisation, Structure and Voting
4.1 Committee
4.1.1 Authority: The Committee shall enjoy all powers that are not by virtue of the law or by virtue of these articles exercised by the IPDRA.
4.1.2 Composition: The Committee shall consist of delegates of the full members. Each full member may send no more than three delegates, among whom there may be representatives from ordinary members. Two observers from each associate and affiliate member may also attend. Guests may attend by invitation, at the discretion of the Committee.
4.1.3 Quorum: The Committee shall be able to conduct business provided that a quorum of at least four of all full members are present or represented by proxy, Without Prejudice to the provisions with regard to amendment of the articles of association and dissolution. If this proviso is not met, and subject to all full members receiving one month's advance notice, another Committee meeting shall be convened within three months. For this second meeting no quorum shall be required on the understanding that decisions can be taken only on matters on the agenda as originally published.
4.1.4 Voting: Only full members shall have the vote. Other categories of membership shall have no vote. Each full member shall have one vote. This vote can be cast by the full member through one of its delegates, unless the full member has duly appointed a proxy to exercise his vote. No full member is permitted to carry more than two proxies. Voting shall be by show of hands, unless the President of the Committee decide otherwise. Voting on persons shall be by closed and anonymous ballot papers, on the understanding that voting by acclamation is permitted. Invalid and blank votes shall be held not to have been cast. Decisions shall be taken with an absolute majority of votes of the full members present or represented by proxy, unless these articles prescribe a larger majority. Full members are all members with the exception of Associate members.
4.2 Executive Committee
4.2.1 Authority: Save restrictions imposed by these articles or by law, the Executive Committee is responsible for governing IPDRA. The Committee is authorised to submit to its approval such resolutions of the Executive Committee as are clearly defined in a resolution of the Committee to that effect. A resolution of the Committee as meant in the preceding sentence can also be laid down by way of a regulation in the sense of Article 11. The Executive Committee is authorised to enter into agreements as referred to in Section 44, paragraph 2 of Book 2 of the Civil Code, subject to the Committee’s approval (which authorisation or approval will remain without external effects).
4.2.2 Composition: The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, the immediate past President and President-Elect, plus at least one but no more than three Vice Presidents, as well as a Secretary and a Treasurer. All members of the Executive Committee shall be appointed to a position. All members of the Executive Committee shall receive remuneration for expenses where funds allow.
4.2.3 Election: The members of the Executive Committee shall be appointed from the company of full members by the Committee. Each full member is entitled to put forward one or more candidates for appointment as a member of the Executive Committee. Such a candidature is not binding. Each member of the Executive Committee shall hold his seat for two years and can be re-elected twice for a subsequent period of two years. The term of office for the Past President shall be one year. A member of the Executive Committee that is re-elected shall in future be eligible for the same office. The appointment of the President shall take place at least one year prior to his taking office. Within an interval of less than three years no persons from one and the same country shall be appointed President. Members of the Executive Committee shall preferably originate from different countries. In the event of death or another reason preventing an individual from holding or continuing to hold the office of President, the President-Elect shall be asked to assume the Presidency for the balance of the original term plus the following term. If any other member of the Executive Committee fails to complete his two year term Committee shall elect (at a meeting or by postal ballot) a successor, said appointee to serve the balance of the original term plus the following term, to be considered an initial term. A member of the Executive Committee may at all times be dismissed or suspended by the Committee.
4.3 Subordinate Bodies: On the advice of the Executive Committee the Committee shall be authorised to establish subcommittees, task forces and other subordinate bodies as may be necessary to achieve the mission and objectives of IPDRA. These subordinate bodies shall be active under the supervision of the Executive Committee, to which they give account both on request and on their own initiative.
4.4 Permanent Secretariat: The Committee may authorise the Executive to appoint such staff as it deems necessary, consistent with IPDRA Mission and Objectives, and in support of IPDRA projects, products, activities and secretarial tasks.
4.5 Representation: The Executive Committee is authorised to represent IPDRA in and outside court. Two members of the Executive Committee acting jointly have full power to represent IPDRA.

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Article 5: Finance
5.1 Membership fee, to be paid in the first month of a fiscal year.
5.1.2     ‘Associate’ Members is £250.00 per year
            ‘Member’ Members is £150.00 per year
            Professional Members is £200.00 per year
            Corporate Members is £250.00 per year
            Fellow Members is Free of Charge – (they must previously have been a Professional Member)
5.2 If membership fees are not paid on time the Executive Committee may suspend the member involved until payment is made. While suspended the member involved shall not be allowed to exercise its membership rights.
5.3 The fiscal year of IPDRA shall be from 1 January to 31 December.
5.4 As much as possible funds shall be held in UK Sterling at a bank institution decided upon by the Treasurer in a country approved by the Committee.
5.5 Within six months following the end of each fiscal year the Executive Committee shall present an annual report on the state of affairs of IPDRA and its policies at the Committee meeting. It shall also to Committee submit for approval the balance sheet and a statement of assets and liabilities with explanatory notes. These documents shall be signed by the members of the Executive Committee; if the signature of one of them is missing, such is stated giving reasons for its being so. Upon expiration of the agreed term any member of IPDRA can rightfully demand from the united members of the Executive Committee that they fulfil these obligations.
5.6 Concerning the faithfulness of these documents, the Committee shall annually appoint an auditing committee of a minimum of two members who are not a member of the Executive Committee. Said auditing committee shall examine the documents and shall communicate its findings to the Committee. The Executive Committee is bound to provide the auditing committee with all the information asked for, to grant the auditing committee access to the funds and the shares, and to grant the auditing committee leave to inspect the books and records of the association.
5.7 The Executive Committee is obliged to maintain records of for a period of five years.
5.8 The Executive Committee shall be responsible for drawing up the annual draft estimate of receipts and expenses for the fiscal year to come, and for submitting said estimate to the Committee to be decided on.

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Article 6: Frequency of Meetings
6.1 A Committee meeting shall be held every six months, in the spring and autumn of each year. Both at the President's written request, as well as at the written request of more than a two-thirds majority of all full members, the Executive Committee can decide to cancel a Committee meeting, on the understanding that there shall be at least one Committee meeting every fiscal year and without prejudice to what is laid down.
6.2 At the written request of at least such a number of full members as is entitled to cast ten percent (10%) of all votes in the Committee, the Executive Committee shall be bound to call a Committee meeting within four weeks. If such a request is not complied with within fourteen days, the requesters themselves shall be authorised to call a Committee meeting in the way in which the Executive Committee convenes the members for a Committee meeting or by means of an advertisement in at least one newspaper that is widely read at the domicile of the association.

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Article 7: Official Language
As far as such is admissible in accordance with the law all documents concerning IPDRA shall be put in English.

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Article 8: Chairmanship, Convocation, Agenda and Minutes Of Committee - back to top
8.1 The Committee is chaired by the President and is conducted in the way that shall be determined by the Committee on the advice of the Executive Committee, such with due regard for the law and for these articles.
8.2 Convocations for meetings and agendas shall be distributed to the members in writing and by regular mail not less than one month and not more than two months in advance of the date of the meeting concerned.
8.3 Minutes shall be taken and shall be sent to the members within one month following the meeting to which they apply.

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Article 9: Changes to the Articles
9.1 The Articles of IPDRA cannot be amended unless by resolutions taken in a Committee meeting. Said Committee must be convened at least two months prior to the date of the meeting, informing members, furthermore, that the meeting is called to discuss changes to the Articles.
9.2 Moreover, the text of the proposed changes to the Articles shall be brought to the notice of the full members simultaneously with the convocation of the meeting. In addition, a copy of the said proposals and the full and unabridged text of the proposed changes shall be available for perusal by the full members at a place suitable to that end for a period of at least five days prior to the day of the meeting until the end of the day of the meeting.
9.3 A decision to change the Articles shall require at least a two-thirds majority of valid votes, which can be cast by full members only. If the condition referred to in the preceding sentence is not fulfilled, but if an absolute majority of those entitled to vote support the proposal, the proposal to change the Articles may still be ratified at a subsequent Committee meeting, to be called by an absolute majority of votes cast be members entitled to vote.
9.4 Changes to the Articles will not become effective until a notarial act has been drawn up. Each member of the Executive Committee is entitled to have such an act drawn up.
9.5 Changes to the Articles are to be notified to the appropriate European Institutions.

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Article 10: Dissolution
10.1 IPDRA can be dissolved by a decision of the Committee, on the understanding that such a meeting must be called at least six months prior to the date of the meeting.
10.2 In the event of dissolution the Committee shall at the suggestion of the Executive Committee decide on the destination of any surplus assets.
10.3 In the event of dissolution of IPDRA for whatever reason, the full and ordinary members shall be bound to cover in aliquots the cost of any liability of IPDRA, which liability shall be limited to the total assets vested in IPDRA at the time of dissolution. The contributions referred to in the preceding sentence shall be determined with obligatory effect by an accountant appointed by Committee at the suggestion of the Executive Committee. The accountant shall also be entrusted with the settlement of the accounts.
10.4 Following its dissolution IPDRA shall continue to exist as long as is necessary for the settlement of its accounts. In announcements and letters sent out by IPDRA the words 'in liquidation' are to be added to the name.

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Article 11: Regulations
11.1 The Committee can lay down Regulations to regulate matters for which no or incomplete rules have been laid down in the present articles. Such regulations may not be in conflict with the law - even where there is no imperative law - or with the present articles.

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