The International Association of Colour was founded in 1984. It became inactive in 1996 and was then passed to its President, Lilian Verner Bonds. After maintaining the original website as a courtesy, she decided the time was right to re-activate the organization. Since 2016 the Executive Committee has worked tirelessly to re-invigorate IAC. It was re-launched in March, 2018 after hundreds of hours of work among the Executive Committee members. We welcome both members of the old IAC and new members to the New IAC.
IAC members follow a professional Code of Ethics, and adhere to the provisions of the IAC Constitution. Both may be seen below.
The objectives of IAC are:
1. To promote awareness of colour in all its
2. To maintain appropriate professional standards of training and practice in the use of colour and light in complementary medicine.
3. To apply objective standards of assessment to the use of colour in healing and other areas.
4. To maintain a website and publish information to the membership and general public.
5. To be fully independent body, free from corporate interest or bias
IAC CODE OF ETHICS AND PRACTICE
1. I will practice only those therapies for which I am registered and insured for professional indemnity and third party liability. IAC does not accept responsibility for its members, or for any consequential liability that might arise as a result of these actions.
2. I will not treat unless requested to do so by the client/patient. As an independent specialist, I may receive patients with or without medical referral.
3. I will comply with the laws of the Country in which I practice.
4. I will detail clearly to clients/patients the course of treatment they will receive, and make no guarantees as to the outcome.
5. If I offer treatment without payment of a fee, I will work under the same professional obligation as when a fee is paid.
6. I will maintain the confidentiality of the client/patient to practitioner relationship at all times, except as required by law, or by the order of the court, or as is necessary in the public interest.
6a. The public interest is taken to mean: an individual or group of individuals, or society as a whole and would for example, encompass matters such as serious crime, child abuse and drug trafficking.
7. I will make an initial assessment of the condition of the client/patient and note this on a record card. I will keep accurate files for all clients/patients, which they retain the right to inspect.
8. I will ensure the client/patient records are properly safeguarded and not accessible to third parties in whole or in part except with the client/patients’ consent. If I discuss the case with a colleague, I will not disclose the client/patient's identity without his/her consent.
9. I will comply with the regulations regarding reportable disease which must be reported in the Country of practice, and take appropriate action as may be required by the Local Health Authorities or laws.
10. If I feel the client/patient should consult a doctor and he/she has not already done so, I will recommend them to do so. This fact must be recorded in their treatment record card and signed by them.
I will at no time countermand instructions or prescriptions given by a doctor, or advise on a particular course of medical treatment.
11. I will ensure that my actions always reflect the highest professional standards in both personal appearance and appropriate decorum. I will also take steps to enhance my processional competence and work within that competence.
12. I will never knowingly misrepresent Colour Healing, nor its curative powers.
13. I shall not use the name or emblem of IAC in any printed advertisements or printed publicity matter without indicating that it is a collective mark.
14. I will never knowingly do any harm. I will take all reasonable steps to ensure client/patient safety in compliance with the UK Health and Safety Act 7974 and current regulations or the laws of the country in which I practice.
15. I will support and co-operate with other health care professionals as appropriate and refer clients/patients to their care when necessary.
16. I will observe caution, for my own protection, when dealing with client/patients who have addictions, mental illness or mental disability who may be under a medical consultant. If possible, consultations will be in the presence of vicinity/presence of another practitioner.
17. I will always obtain a written disclaimer before treating a minor.
18. I shall maintain a professional relationship with my client/patient at all times.
19. I retain the right to refuse to treat a client/patient. No reason need be given.
20. If I work in a hospital, it will be under the auspices of the medical doctors and the code of the Area Health Authority.
21. I shall not use the title 'doctor' unless registered as a physician with the Medical Association of the country in which I live, or unless awarded a bona fide degree by a University (specified) or as provided by European Community Law or the laws of the country in which I practice.
22. I shall not address or refer to an assistant as 'nurse', unless the said assistant holds a nursing qualification in the country in which I am practicing.
23. I shall inform the client/patient that if they so wish a nurse/receptionist or their family member/friend may be present during treatment sessions.
24. Complementary practitioners offering products or a dispensing service must ensure that these items are under supervision when not locked away.
25. If I leave my place of practice permanently, I shall inform current client/patients, and the lnternational Association of Colour.
26. If I sell or otherwise transfer my interest in the practice, I shall inform all my patients/clients and name my successor, but no information on a patient shall be provided to the successor without the permission of the patient.
27. I shall make arrangements for the correct disposal of case records in the event of my death.
28. I shall undertake no publicity which would discredit the reputation of the International Association of Colour.
29. The following guidelines will be observed:
a) The lnternational Association of Colour will hold an annual register of practicing full members who will be eligible to use the initials PMIAC.
b) The PMIAC certificate remains the property of the association.
c) I agree that the International Association of Colour may de-register any practitioner found guilty, following proper and thorough investigation, of contraventions of this declaration.
THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLOUR
NAME - STATUS - COMPOSITION
The Name: The International Association of Colour is hereafter called IAC
Status: IAC is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1984 to serve all those associated with colour, whether in professional, technical, aesthetic, therapeutic, or spiritual modalities.
Composition: The membership of IAC consists of the following categories as defined by Article IV:
4. Honorary Fellowship
6. Colour Training Centres
7. Corporate Members
8. Affiliated Bodies
IAC will provide a website to promote colour therapy and its members. Inclusion on designated member pages is free for all paid up members of IAC. The site is regularly updated. These website updates are included as part of the membership subscription fee.
The objectives of IAC are:
1. To promote awareness of colour in all its forms.
2. To provide a forum for discussion of colour use in relaxation and therapy.
3. To maintain appropriate professional standards of training and practice in use of colour and light in complementary medicine.
4. To apply objective standards of assessment to use of colour in healing and other areas.
5. To maintain a website and publish information to the membership and general public.
6. To be fully independent body, free from corporate interest or bias
The members of IAC acknowledge the following principles governing their relationship with
the public and the medical profession:
1. The welfare of the client/patient is paramount in all healing activity.
2. The services of IAC should be available to all who are in need of them.
3. IAC therapists do not undermine or seek to replace qualified medical or other practitioners.
4. All members are required to abide by the IAC Code of Ethics and the IAC Constitution.
All membership applications are subject to approval by the membership Committee. The membership of IAC shall consist of the following categories:
1. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP is available to anyone with an interest in colour. Associate members can vote on IAC matters by postal ballot, email, or at the AGM. They receive periodic publications. Subscriptions are due on the first day of the month following the anniversary month of their membership.
2. STUDENT MEMBERSHIP
Open to students of colour schools or other organizations or institution that teach colour. Subscriptions are due on the first day of the month following the anniversary month of their membership.
3. FULL MEMBERSHHIP is available to anyone who has been through a full training with a
recognised Colour Training Centre and graduated with a Diploma. Alternatively, an intuitive colour healer, with no professional training and who has been established for three years or more may apply
to join as a Full Member.
Approved Full Members are entitled to add the letters MIAC (Full Member of IAC) after their surnames. Full Members can vote on IAC matters by postal ballot, by email, or at the AGM. They receive periodic publications. Subscriptions are due on 1st March or 1st September each year. Full Members will be listed on the IAC Register, which is made available to the public (via print and website), unless they request otherwise. Subscriptions are due on the first day of the month following the anniversary month of their membership. Full members are entitled to use the IAC logo.
4. PRACTITIONER MEMBERSHIP is available to Full members or others who are professionally qualified, and who have been in colour healing practice for a minimum of three years. They will need to be in current one-to-one practice and produce evidence of Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance on an annual basis. New applicants will have to produce the names of two sponsors and the contact details of four clients who are prepared to vouch for effective treatment, and who have given written permission for the applicant to divulge their names and relevant treatment details. Approved Practitioner Members are entitled to add the letters PMIAC (Practitioner Member of IAC) after their surnames. Practitioner Members can vote on IAC matters by postal ballot or at the AGM. They receive periodic information. Subscriptions are due on 1st March or 1st September each year. Practitioner Members will be listed on the IAC Register, which is made available to the public (via print and website), unless they request otherwise. Subscriptions are due on the first day of the month following the anniversary month of their membership. Practitioner members are entitled to use the IAC logo.
5. COLOUR PLUS MEMBERSHIP
This is a new innovation for IAC. It is a special section for those amalgamating colour with their main specialized skill. IAC appreciates that many people have professional proficiency in complementary medicine such as reiki, chiropractic, healing massage or in other areas such as design, and which incorporates their knowledge with colour. This membership is open to individuals, or this membership can also be held in your business or practice name. Subscriptions are due on the first day of the month following the anniversary month of their membership. ColourPlus members are entitled to use the IAC logo.
6. HONORARY MEMBERS - free lifetime membership. This status is accorded by the IAC Executive Committee to selected individuals who have made a substantial long-term contribution to colour. Honorary members are entitled to use the IAC logo.
8. COMPLIMENTARY MEMBERSHIP - free annual membership. For individuals whom the IAC Committee feels deserve special consideration.
9. COLOUR TRAINING CENTRE MEMBERSHIP is open to colour schools which incorporate the IAC Core Curriculum currently in force in their courses and meet all conditions. Colour Training Centres (CTCs) affiliated to the International Association of Colour uphold the highest standards set by IAC. Each affiliated CTC is assessed using a standard quality control and presentation system, and the information is updated annually. Teachers are all qualified in their subjects, and have teaching qualifications or proven experience. Anatomy and Physiology (to ITEC level) and Counselling Skills (min. 30 hours) must be obtained by students before diplomas are issued. Supervised practice is a requirement of all trainings, and IAC is currently proposing 30 hours as a minimum. Approved Colour Training Centres will be listed together in a standard format and their details made available to the public (via the website). Their details are also published in each issue of Colourama Magazine. A small charge is made to cover IAC’s assessment. Subscriptions are due on the first day of the month following the anniversary month of their membership. CTC members are entitled to use the IAC logo.
Colour schools who do not wish to apply for Colour Training Centre Membership are welcome to advertise their schools on the IAC website.
10. CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP is open to companies or businesses whose products may be of special interest to IAC Members (e.g. Colour and Light Therapy Equipment, Colour Psychology Systems, Stained Glass, Gels, Fabrics, Lighting, Therapy Furniture, Art, etc). Corporate Members will feature on the IAC Website. Their logo will appear on their listing and linked directly to their website. A free leaflet display service is available for IAC's conferences. Contact details of IAC's Corporate Members are published on the IAC website. Subscriptions are due on the first day of the month following the anniversary month of their membership.
Membership of IAC may be terminated in the following
a) Subscription arrears in excess of thirty days.
b) On expulsion for good reasons by resolution of the Membership Committee. A resolution for expulsion shall apply only if -
1. Written notice of the proposal for expulsion stating the reasons and of the meeting at which it is to be considered to have been given to every member of the membership Committee and to the member concerned.
2. The member has been given a reasonable opportunity to reply. The issue to be decided by a majority vote of the Membership Committee members present, which must constitute a quorum.
c.The member shall be given twenty-one days notice to attend in person or by representative at the meeting, or to submit a written representation.
A copy is available from IAC’s head office on request for those who wish to make a formal complaint about treatment or training. Each case will be treated fully and fairly.
Members shall pay IAC such annual subscriptions as may be determined from time to time by the Executive Committee. They are payable on the first day of the month following the month when the initial application took place. If an application is unsuccessful, the subscription and initial registration fee will be refunded.
A 20% commission is paid to all IAC Representatives who bring in new membership subscriptions.
STRUCTURE OF IAC COMMITTEES
There shall be a democratic IAC Committee with a range of functions. IAC Members are
invited to join the IAC Committees.
Executive IAC Committee
Chairperson (no voting right, unless team is undecided, as Chairperson has the deciding vote)
Vice Chairperson (voting right)
Candidates for Chairperson and Vice Chairperson will be chosen by the Committee from existing executive members who have served on the Committee for at least one year immediately prior to their selection. Their election will take place at the AGM by a show of hands and/or a postal ballot or email of membership. A three-year term is the norm, but can be longer.
New IAC Committee members are proposed and seconded from the IAC membership, and elected
by a show of hands at the AGM. All committee members will serve a probationary 6 months period, during which their contributions and suitability will be evaluated before they can be confirmed in a
suitable post by an internal vote of the Committee. A three-year term is the norm, but can be longer.
Note that the various executive functions may be combined according to the current availability of remunerated or voluntary Committee Members. One person one vote.
Current committee positions are:
Chief Executive Officer
Public Relations Officer
Publications Editor, Deputy Editor
1. A separate category of Independent Consultant exists so that IAC can benefit from a range of professional expertise. Independent Consultants, if co-opted in as Committee Members for a particular function, Independent Consultants have the right to vote.
2. The Committee will ideally be drawn from a wide range of disciplines and/or CTC tutors.
3. The Executive Committee shall meet as and when necessary (discretion of the chair), and will keep in regular communication to report progress and discuss issues.
3. Minutes shall be kept of all Executive Committee Meetings, including the AGM, signed by the Chairperson.
4. The Executive Committee shall have the power to:
a) Regulate its meetings and proceedings
b) Appoint two or three signatories, any two of whom shall be responsible for writing cheques on behalf of the Chairperson/CEO.
5. The Treasurer shall present a statement of accounts to the Executive Committee on request.
6. All expenditure other than routine is to be agreed in advance by the Executive Committee.
Proper books and records of accounting shall be kept in respect of all monies received or expended by IAC. These must be retained for a period of seven years. A Statement of Account and Balance Sheet shall be prepared by a qualified accountant and presented to the membership at the AGM.
In the event of a surplus, IAC endeavors to create reserves. If such reserves build up above £1000 the IAC Committee will decide on new projects (such as research, website revamp, or new promotional material) which further the promotion of light and colour therapy and aid the membership achieve its objective. IAC must operate within existing budgets at all times.
IAC promotes equal opportunities. The IAC Executive Committee can from time to time decide which posts are remunerative, and set an appropriate hourly or flat rate of pay.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS/OTHER MEETINGS
IAC shall hold an Annual General Meeting open to all for the following business:
1. To receive the Chairman's report
2. To receive the Treasurer's report and Statement of Account and Balance Sheet for the preceding year.
3. To elect Committee Members and ratify acting/co-opted Committee members.
4. Only members are eligible to vote. Members must be able to show proof of membership on request.
5. The AGM will be held in October or November, the date to be fixed by the Committee.
6. All members of IAC shall be given email notice of an AGM or special meeting at least thirty days in advance. This notice will define the meeting, give the time, date and place of the meeting, and describe the nature of the meeting in general terms (or the pressing issue of a special meeting). No business shall be transacted unless there are twenty members present, which shall constitute a quorum. (Three persons shall constitute a quorum for special business.)
7. Advance nominations for Committee membership must be received by the Chairperson from the membership at least 30 days before the AGM. Nominations on the occasion of the AGM will also be accepted and co-option considered by the Executive Committee after the event.
8. Minutes shall be kept of all meetings.
9. The AGM Minutes will be published to the membership at least 30 days prior to the following AGM, and usually in the next publication following the Annual General Meeting.
IAC has the option to hold one Colour Therapy Conference with Exhibition each year to follow on from the AGM. Speakers will be asked to present a wide spectrum of subjects relating to healing, colour and light.
Conference organization is the responsibility of the IAC Committee. Approval will be both in respect of the date the conference will be held, the venue, costing, speakers and workshops, flier image and layout. All other conference-related task such as promotion, fundraising, website upgrades, ticket administration and decisions about the structure of the day will be at the discretion of IAC's conference facilitators.
CONFIDENDIALITY & DATA PROTECTION
All IAC Committee discussions, however conducted, are strictly confidential. Individual members can apply for a copy of the latest Committee Meeting minutes.
Only non-sensitive personal membership information is stored on computer. Members may opt out of any except the basic information in their Membership Panel, or to have no Membership Panel at all. IAC Members are not entitled to use the IAC databases for their private business interests, nor can they sell or pass on IAC databases or any content thereof (such as contact details of IAC Members) to third parties. To prevent misuse, all IAC databases will remain with the IAC Head Office at all times.
PUBLICATIONS AND THE IAC WEBSITE WWW.IAC-COLOUR.ORG.UK
All members will receive periodic electronic publications. These will consist of one issue of Colourama Magazine each year, and a minimum of one ColourNews newsletter each year.
AMENDMENTS TO THIS CONSTITUTION
This constitution may be amended by a vote of the IAC Executive Committee or a special resolution of the membership at the AGM or at a special meeting. All changes to be ratified at the next AGM.
DISSOLUTION OF IAC
IAC shall be dissolved only on the passing of a special resolution for that purpose by the membership at the AGM or at a special meeting. Should IAC be dissolved, all unused membership subscriptions are to be refunded to the members involved. And, should there be a surplus of monies after dissolution, a charity chosen by the Executive Committee shall be the benefactor.