A non-profit making entity will be constituted under the title of ÇEuropean Association of Psychological AssessmentÈ as established by law (Spanish Law of Association) 191/64 (24/12/64) and complementary norms of Decree 1440/65 (20 May).
The aims of the Association are: To promote the scientific interest in and study of psychological assessment in Europe, and in order to achieve the same ends internationally, the exchange of information on this discipline among the European members and other associations throughout the world.
In order to achieve these ends, as many relevant activities as deemed necessary and approved by Governing Bodies of the Association will be carried out. These will include, for example, the promotion of periodic and non-periodic publications, the organisation of congresses and scientific meetings, the promotion of research projects, and the establishment of contacts and co-operation on a national and international level with similar researchers and scientific societies.
The headquarters of the Association will be located at: Departamento de Psicologia Biologica y de la Salud, Facultad de Psicologia, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco, Madrid, Spain, until the Members' Assembly decides otherwise. The Association will cover the ambit of Spain, as well as other European Countries, insofar as legislation permits.
The Association shall be directed and administered by an Executive Committee formed by: a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary-General, a Deputy, a Treasurer, and four Committee Members. All positions on the Executive Committee will be voluntary, unfunded, and designated by an Ordinary Members' Assembly. They will have a mandate of four years, after which they may be re-elected.
The Executive Committee will meet as often as the President deems necessary, or on the initiative or request of 3 of the other Committee Members. A quorum will be formed when 5 Committee Members are present at the first attempt, or a minimum of three members at a second, called at least one hour after the first. In both cases, a majority of votes is required for decisions to be passed. In the case of a tied vote, that of the President will be decisive.
The responsibility of the Executive Committee will be:
Decisions concerning (e) and (g) require the positive vote of the majority of the Executive Committee.
The president will have the following duties: To act as legal representative of the Association in all private or public bodies; to call, preside over and adjourn sessions of the Members' Assembly and the Executive Committee; to preside over the deliberations of both bodies, to enact the decisions of the Executive Committee; to direct payments and authorize documents, minutes and correspondence with his/her signature; to adopt any urgent measure necessary which the good government of the Association requires or, in the course of his/her activities, he/she deems necessary or convenient (with subsequent account to be given to the Executive Committee).
The Vice-President takes the duties of the Office of President in the absence of the President through illness or any other reason.
The Secretary-General will be responsible for all purely administrative work of the Association. He/she will expedite certifications, maintain the Members and Minutes Records, files and correspondence, and will be responsible for the custody of the Association's documents, ensuring the presentation of information on Executive Committee designations, Members' Assemblies and budget and balance reports to the Authorities.
The Deputy Secretary-General will assist the Secretary-General in his/ her functions, and will replace him/her in his/her absence. In the latter case, he/she will have the same duties as the Secretary-General.
The Treasurer will collect and safeguard the Association's funds, and will comply with the payment orders given by the Executive Committee or, if necessary, by the President. He shall intervene in all receipts and payments made by the Association, noting them in the Accounts Book, and will present a state of the accounts to the Executive Committee for approval.
The Committee Members will comply with their obligations as members of the Executive Committee, as well as those arising from the delegations or working groups assigned to them by the Committee.
The Members' Assembly is the supreme organ of the Association, and will be comprised of all the members.
There will be ordinary and extraordinary Members' Assemblies. The ordinary meetings will be held annually during the first semester. Extraordinary meetings will be held when the Executive Committee decides, or when proposed in writing by one third of the members, including the specific explanation of the matter to be dealt with.
Ordinary and extraordinary Members' Assemblies will be called in writing, indicating the place, the date and the time of the meeting, as well as the agenda. At least 30 days notice must be given prior to a meeting. The meeting should be postponed with the same agenda if there is no quorum. In this case, the second meeting should be no sooner than one hour after the initial meeting.
A quorum for both ordinary and extraordinary Members' Assemblies will be formed on the first meeting call, when the majority of members with voting rights are present, and on the second meeting call regardless of the number of voting members. Decisions will be taken on a simple majority of votes in an ordinary Meeting, and a two-thirds majority in the case of an extraordinary Meeting.
The role of the Ordinary Members' Assembly will be:
The role of the Extraordinary Members' Assembly will be:
Membership of the Association is restricted to people with a University Degree or equivalent who may be expected to make a substantial contribution to the development of psychological assessment, or to those who have already made such a contribution by way of research or authorship of books, articles or other published material. Applications should be sent to the Executive Committee for approval.
The Association will have the following types of members:
Membership may be withdrawn for any of the following reasons:
Full and founder members will have the following rights:
Full and founder members are obliged to:
Honorary members will have the same obligations as those of full and founder members, with exception of sections (b) and (c) of the preceding article. They will also have the same rights, except for those indicated in section (d) of Article 23. They may speak during Assemblies, but may not vote.
The financial resources foreseen for the accomplishment of the aims and activities of the Association will comprise of the following:
The ordinary annual budget limit is estimated to be Pts. 2.000.000. The Association lacks any funding heritage.
The association may be dissolved voluntarily when agreed by two thirds majority of members at an Extraordinary Members Assembly called for the purpose.
In the case of dissolution, a liquidatory commission will be nominated to finalise the Association's debts. Any amounts remaining will be distributed between one or several charitable corporations or bodies with similar scientific or charitable aims to those of this Association.
All matters not foreseen in the above Statutes will be covered by the Spanish Law of Associations (24/12/64) and complementary dispositions.
As a special condition, the first Executive Committee of the European Association of Psychological Assessment will have a mandate to serve for a period of two years only, after which its members may be re-elected.