Byelaws

The ABC Byelaws contain important terms and conditions relating to ABC membership, particularly in relation to publicity (section 3).

Details of past changes and archive Byelaws can be found further down this page.

Current ABC Byelaws

View 2017 ABC Byelaws

 

Byelaws - Appeals against an ABC decision

If you are a member and wish to appeal against a decision by ABC's Chief Executive, either under section 12 (Complaints Procedure) or section 13 (Review Procedure), there is a standard form which you must use to request the review of the decision by an ABC Board Panel.

The purpose of the request for review form is to ensure the appeal is linked to the allowable grounds for appeal and that it has been authorised at director level. Please refer to the relevant clauses of sections 12 or 13 which detail when and how the form is to be used.

Click here to download the request for review form

*For titles reporting under Republic of Ireland Reporting Standards any appeal to a Panel under sections 12 or 13 of the Byelaws will be referred to the Irish (ROI) Council instead of the ABC Board. In these cases please refer to the Byelaws reproduced in the appendix of the ROI Reporting Standards documents which include an explanation of this.  

 

ABC Byelaw changes:

Last Update 12th February 2014:

Changes have been made to section 5e in relation to submission of claims by a published deadline.

Previous changes, effective 1st February 2013:

The ABC Board has approved changes to the ABC Byelaws that regulate how members use ABC data or information and promote their association with ABC. 

The new Byelaws will come into effect on 1st February 2013. 
The objectives of the changes are:
• Cater for multi-platform environment
• Greater flexibility in use of ABC data or information
• Principle based approach rather than prescription
• Maintain robustness and transparency
In terms of promoting data, if what you do now is compliant then this will still be compliant after the new publicity changes come into effect.
The new Byelaws will allow greater flexibility in how you might better report ABC data or make claims as there is less prescription. However there is a greater responsibility on your part to ensure that data and claims are presented in a manner that meets the new principle of it being clear, reasonable and not likely to mislead. We therefore advise you seek advice from your ABC Account Manager to minimise the risk of infringements.

The objectives of the changes are:

  • Cater for multi-platform environment
  • Greater flexibility in use of ABC data or information
  • Principle based approach rather than prescription
  • Maintain robustness and transparency

In terms of promoting data, if what a member does now is compliant then this will still be compliant after the new publicity changes come into effect.

The new Byelaws will allow greater flexibility in how members might better report ABC data or make claims as there is less prescription. However there is a greater responsibility on members to ensure that data and claims are presented in a manner that meets the new principle of being clear, reasonable and not likely to mislead. We therefore advise members seek advice from their ABC Account Manager to minimise the risk of infringements.

View the new publicity Byelaws, effective 1st February 2013

View practical examples using the new publicity Byelaws

View the complete new Byelaws effective 1st February 2013 

Previous Changes, effective 1st September 2012:

The ABC Board has approved changes to the ABC Byelaws, effective from 1st September 2012. These changes are:

  • To cater for members who may have process products and services from ABC, including associate members. 
  • To clarify the process for appeals and complaints when these relate to standards other than those approved by ABC are involved (for example JICWEBS Reporting Standards). 
  • To generally update a number of minor procedural issues.

View details of the changes

View the new Byelaws effective from 1st September 2012 

View the Byelaws effective up to 30th August 2012

Archived Byelaws

This list only includes those archived Byelaws where there were changes to the content.