Membership Terms & Conditions

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Membership

1.1 AFI’s annual membership fee is dependent upon company turnover, based upon the following: 

Band Turnover

  • A  Associate Member – Entry level (reduced benefits)
  • B Up to £750k turnover
  • C £750k to £1.5m
  • D £1.5m to £3m
  • E Over £3m (Premium Membership)
  • F  Affiliate Member – Service or ancillary product provider only (turnover n/a)

1.2   AFI’s current membership fee for each band is available on the AFI website

1.3 Membership runs from January 1st to December 31st each year. 

1.4   Members joining before 30th June will pay for their first year’s annual membership pro‐rata based  upon the number of months (full or part) to year end. 

1.5   Members joining after 30th June will pay pro‐rata for the remainder of the current year plus the  following year.

1.6   Renewal will be in January and subsequent years’ membership will run from January to December. 

1.7   Payment can be made by BACS transfer, or cheque. 

1.8   Membership fees are not refundable once paid. 

1.9   All AFI members must meet and maintain the requirements of the AFI Code of Practice (CoP).  Membership is granted once the member has provided evidence of meeting the CoP via a completed  application form, a satisfactory credit and trading standards check, and receipt of satisfactory supplier and customer references.

1.10  Once the necessary entry criteria have been met and evidenced, membership becomes active    following final approval and sign‐off by the Chief Executive. 

1.11   Membership fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Members will receive at least one month’s notice  of any changes to the fee, which will become active at their renewal. 

1.12  Members are required to display the AFI logo on any letterheads and promotional material including  websites and advertisements. 

Benefits

2.1   A list of current member benefits and services is available upon request, or at all times on the AFI website.

2.2   Benefits and services may change in order to provide best value and suit the needs of members and  their marketplace. Members will receive at least one month’s notice of any changes, which will  become active following the expiry of the period of notice. 

2.3   Entry Level (Band A) Associate membership  (see paragraph 6) is designed for the smaller company  whose reduced annual subscription gives access to a reduced number of AFI benefits and services,  specifically those which are designed to help them develop and grow. Full details are available on request or on the website

2.4   Full Members (Bands B‐D) can access ALL benefits and services free of charge.

2.5   Benefits, including the use of the AFI Logo, are only available to the member whilst a current  subscription is in force.  

Renewals 

3.1   The renewal fee is due within 7 days of invoice. Invoices are raised at the end of each calendar year  and dated January 1st (of the new year). 

3.2   Renewal requires that members complete an Annual Declaration of continued eligibility, i.e. to  declare their ability to continue to meet the requirements of AFI’s Code of Practice. 

3.3   It is the responsibility of the member company to keep AFI’s updated of any changes in their  circumstances or contact details, and in particular any issue likely to affect their ability to maintain the  AFI Code of Practice. 

3.4   AFI accepts member declarations in good faith and cannot be held responsible for any consequence  of inaccurate or false information provided. You may lose your subscription and membership (without  refund) if information provided is false or inaccurate. 

3.5   Late payment of renewal fees may result in an additional administration fee (currently of £15). 

3.6   Any queries regarding membership/renewal payments must be made immediately to the Chief  Executive. 

Resignation of membership 

4.1   Members wishing to resign must provide a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice, in writing, addressed to the  AFI Chief Executive. 

4.2   Member benefits, including the use of the AFI logo, cease on the last day of the notice period and  may not be used from that date forward. 

4.3   Resignation must include a declaration that the former member has removed all references to the  Association from its printed and electronic stationery, livery and advertising media. 

4.4   The misuse of logos denoting membership of, or approval by, an organisation can result in a  commercial advantage enabling business to be acquired unjustly, and will therefore constitute a  breach of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. 

4.5   AFI reserves the right to enforce removal of logos and pursue prosecution for any such misuse or  Misrepresentation. 

4.6   NOTE – member fees will remain due until the date of removal of all references to the association  from the former member’s corporate stationery, livery and advertising media. 

Standards 

5.1   Members must abide by the AFI Code of Practice at all times. 

5.2   Any change in status related to eligibility for membership must be notified to the Chief Executive in  writing immediately. All cases will be considered on an individual basis. 

Associate Membership 

6.1   Any person, company or organisation who does not fulfil the criteria for Full membership may apply  to become an Associate Member of the Association and will be required to comply with all other Terms & Conditions as set out herein. Any Associate Member that has been trading for more than two  years must apply to the Association for Full Membership. 

6.2   Associate Members will not be eligible to vote at meetings or stand for election to the Board They  may be co‐opted to the Board or Sub‐Committees but without voting rights. 

6.3    Associate Members are not eligible for all the benefits of membership, see website for full details. 

Sub Groups 

7.1  ASSOCIATION OF SAFETY FENCING CONTRACTORS (ASFC)  A person, firm or company shall be eligible to apply for ASFC Full Membership if their business or a  department of or their business complies with membership qualifications and additional qualifications  as follows: 

7.1.1   Shall be Quality Assured to BS EN ISO 9001:2000 or any revisions thereof, and to the  requirements of the current issue of the Sector Scheme Document 2B for The Supply,  Installation and Repair of Vehicle Restraint Systems. 

7.1.2   Shall be a Full Member of the Association. 

7.2  ELECTRIC SECURITY FENCING FEDERATION (ESFF)  A person, firm or company shall be eligible to apply for ESFF Full Membership if their business or a  department of their business complies with membership qualifications and additional qualifications as  follows: 

7.2.1   Shall be Quality Assured to BS EN ISO 9001:2000 or any revisions thereof, and to the  requirements of the current issue of the Sector Scheme Document 2A for The Design and/or  Supply, Installation and Repair of Fences ‐ category Electric Fencing. 

7.2.2   Shall be a Full Member of the Association and comply with the current version of the ESFF  Code of Practice (PAS 47). 

7.3  ENVIRONMENTAL NOISE BARRIER ASSOCIATION (ENBA)  A person, firm or company shall be eligible to apply for ENBA Full Membership if their business or a  department of their business complies with membership qualifications and additional qualifications as  follows: 

7.3.1   Shall be Quality Assured to BS EN ISO 9001:2000 or any revisions thereof, and to the  requirements of the current issue of the Sector Scheme Document 2C for the Design, Supply,  Installation and Repair of Environmental Noise Barriers (Structural). 

7.3.2   Shall be a Full Member of the Association. 

7.3.3   Shall demonstrate capability to supply noise barrier products tested and assessed in  accordance with BS EN 1793 Parts 1 and 2 Road traffic noise reducing devices – Test method  for determining the acoustic performance or any revisions thereof. 

7.3.4   Shall demonstrate capability to supply noise barrier products categorized against the criteria  contained in BS EN 1794 Parts 1 and 2 Road traffic noise reducing devices – Non‐acoustic  performance or any revisions thereof.  [NB: A supplier of environmental noise barriers in this context is a person, firm or company  who manufactures or fabricates noise barrier products, or who installs noise barriers using  noise barrier products manufactured or fabricated by another supplier.]

7.4  GATE AUTOMATION AND ACCESS BARRIER ASSOCIATION (GAABA) 

7.4.1   Shall be Quality Assured to BS EN ISO 9001:2000 or any revisions thereof.  

7.4.2   Shall be a Full Member of the Association. 

7.4.3   Shall be an installer, manufacturer or supplier of electrical/mechanical automated gate  and/or access barrier systems and shall supply and/or install the same to the current  statutory regulations and all applicable Codes or Practice. 

Affiliate Membership 

8.1   The Board may recommend any person, company or organisation who does not fulfil the criteria for  Full or Associate membership to apply for Affiliate Membership of the Association providing that only  a minor part of their business activities, products or services is in the Fencing Industry. Affiliate  Members will be required to comply with all other Rules and Regulations as set out herein. 

8.2   Affiliate Members will not be eligible to vote at meetings or stand for election to the Board. They may  be co‐opted to the Board or Sub‐ Committees but without voting rights. 

8.3   Affiliate Members renewal of their Membership is subject to review on an annual basis. 

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