C H A R T E R
With Terms of Reference
RAFCAP acts as the scientific expert committee on frequency issues for the Asia- Pacific radio astronomy and related sciences.
The mission of RAFCAP is
In the pursuit of these tasks, RAFCAP will interact with the relevant major bodies and supranational entities at the Asia-Pacific and international level.
RAFCAP Committee Members are required to maintain links with their national observatories involved in radio astronomy and with their national radiocommunications administrations.
The Committee Members are appointed for a three-year term, normally renewable, after appropriate consultation with RAFCAP and with the respective national bodies.
The Chairperson of RAFCAP is appointed in response to his/her nomination by the RAFCAP Committee. The term of the RAFCAP chair is three years with possible extension.
The Committee shall be responsible for the appointment of a Secretary to support the Committee in its activities, and undertake any other activities the Committee may require.
Member institutions of RAFCAP – supporting the meetings of the Committee – should be involved in radio astronomy, or related sciences.
New member institutions are accepted after consultation with RAFCAP and the existing institutions.
The Committee shall normally hold at least one plenary meeting per year at which all business items are considered. The committee meetings are convened by the RAFCAP Chairperson. Additional meetings or teleconferences are convened as appropriate.
The Committee may establish procedures as necessary to meet its mission.
The Committee, if it is deemed necessary, may draw up a set of detailed regulations for its modus operandi, in line with the Charter.
The costs of the Committee's activities are financed by the member institutions. Contributions from other bodies - such as national research agencies and institutes, or other institutions – may also be sought.
RAFCAP finances are regularly audited by one of the RAFCAP member institutions.
The Committee reports, as appropriate, to the RAFCAP member institutions.