Articles of Association of the Asian Cellular Therapy Organization

  1. 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 #B101, 2-11-4 Kami-0saki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 141-0021 Japan.
    Chairperson of Executive Committee and Secretary of ACTO are responsible for the operation of ACTO under advice from auditor.

    Article 3 Purpose

    The goals of the association are to facilitate discussion on various issues concerning cellular therapies and to upgrade the level of cellular therapy research in Asian region.

    Article 4 Activities

    In order to achieve the objective set forth in the preceding article, the Association shall engage in the following activities:

    1. Holding academic conferences, symposium, and lectures;
    2. Issuing an academic journal (bulletin), these, and other publications;
    3. Maintaining communication and cooperation with other national and international cellular therapy societies and other related academic associations in Japan and abroad;
    4. Other activities required to achieve the objectives set forth in the preceding article.
  2. Ⅱ. Membership

    Article 5 Membership

    The ACTO shall comprise Societies/Associations from Asian countries and individuals who have paid their annual fees and agree to abide by the Articles of Association described herein.

    Article 6 Annual fees

    The annual fee for membership includes subscription to the “ACTO”. Previously paid membership fees shall not be returned for any reason whatsoever.

  3. Ⅲ. Board of Management

    Article 7 Members of the Executive Board

    The Executive Board shall be the Board of Management of the ACTO, and it includes Chairs from all Board Societies/ Associations and the Editor-in-Chief and members of the Executive Board for the “ACTO”. If these nominees from the Board Societies/ Associations are also represented on the Executive Board of the “ACTO”, alternative delegates shall be recommended from these Board Societies/ Associations, and the Board of Management shall assign these Chairs by mutual vote.
The Board of Management can hold General Council meeting which comprises of individual members of the Societies/Associations. 
One delegate from all Member Societies/ Associations shall be represented on the Executive Board.

  4. Ⅳ. Official meetings

    Article 8 Official meetings

    The ACTO shall hold its annual meetings in conjunction with annual meetings to be held in its Societies/ Associations.

    Article 9 Meeting agenda

    In conjunction with these annual meetings, the Executive Board meetings shall be convened to verify, address and/or make decisions as required with respect to issues, which include;

    1. Dates of forthcoming meetings
    2. Themes/ issues to be addressed at forthcoming meetings
    3. Fiscal reporting
    4. Issues pertaining to “ACTO”
    5. Other issues

    Article 10 Sponsorship for annual meetings

    The ACTO annual meetings shall be sponsored by Societies/ Associations in which they are being held.

  5. 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 General Council as well as Board of Management meetings.

    Article 12 Effective date

    The Articles of Association shall be valid from March 1st 2017.

  6. 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 General Council as well as Board of Management meetings.

    Article 14 Audit

    The ACTO shall have its annual accounts regularly verified by a properly assigned auditor, prior to their submission to the Executive Board for approval.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, these Articles of Association of the Asian Cellular Therapy Organization, a general incorporated association, shall be executed with the hand and seals of members upon incorporation affixed hereto.

Akihiro Shimosaka