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Overall authority for the control and management of the APEC Architect framework rests with its Central Council. Typically the Central Council meets every two years. It's members are representatives of the Monitoring Committees established in the participating economies.

Constitution of the Central Council

The Central Council acts as the joint governing body for the APEC Architect framework and is composed of at least one representative from the Monitoring Committee of each  participating economy. There is no limit to the number of members appointed to the Council by Monitoring Committees but each authorised economy is entitled to only one vote.

Economies that have not yet received authorisation to maintain a section of the APEC Architect Register may appoint representatives to attend Central Council meetings as non-voting observers.

Duties of the Central Council

The Central Council has ultimate responsibility for the operation of each aspect of the APEC Architect framework. Its duties include the following:

Maintenance of the APEC Architect Register:

  • Determine standards and assessment procedures for admission, renewal and termination of the registration of an APEC Architect;
  • Oversee and coordinate all sections of the Register operated by independent Monitoring Committees,
  • Maintain the APEC Architect website;
  • Establish and apply governance systems and quality assurance strategies to review and maintain uniformity and compliance with agreed criteria.

Establishment of Monitoring Committees:

  • Determine policy concerning the composition, authorisation and responsibilities of Monitoring Committees;
  • Assess applications for authorisation of Monitoring Committees to operate a section of the APEC Architect Register, and to hear appeals;
  • Conduct reviews of registration systems and standards in authorised participating economies to ensure continued compliance;

Oversight of the Reciprocal Recognition Framework

  • Review the commitment of participating economies to the nominated categories of registration / certification requirements that they are prepared to offer APEC Architects from other economies;
  • Ensure that the reciprocal commitments recorded on websites are accurate and current.

Administration of the APEC Architect Project

  • Make provision for a Secretariat to administer the business of Council, maintain records and coordinate with Monitoring Committees;
  • Act as a communications centre to provide information, documentation and advice on all aspects of the project.

Council Proceedings

Council Meetings: The Central Council meets at least every two years, at a date and venue determined by the members, to review its procedures and criteria, consider applications for authorisation of Monitoring Committees, receive reports from participating economies, and deal with matters arising. Participating economies host the meetings on an rotating basis.

Membership: Monitoring Committee select their representatives to Central Council meetings, within the guidelines established by the Central Council.

Meeting Chair: The Central Council Meeting Chair is normally appointed by the Monitoring Committee acting as host, although this may be varied as required.

Meeting Agenda: Draft Central Council agendas are prepared by the Secretariat and circulated for comment to Central Council members, revised and re-circulated for final adoption by consensus at the start of Central Council meetings.

Meeting Quorum: The Central Council meeting quorum is two thirds of the Central Council Monitoring Committee membership.

Attendance: Monitoring Committees whose representatives fail to attend three consecutive meetings will be deemed to have withdrawn from the APEC Architect framework and may need to reapply for activation of their authorisation should they wish to continue as participants.

Decision Making: Central Council decisions in connection with changes to APEC Architect criteria and registration policy, and the authorisation or conditional suspension of Monitoring Committees require the two-third support of Central Council Monitoring Committees. Council decisions on other matters are arrived at by the consensus of members present. A Monitoring Committee must be represented in order to vote. All decisions requiring voting must be notified in advance of the meeting for precirculation with the agenda.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 20:25