Royal Charter and By-laws

IChemE was awarded a Royal Charter in 1957. A Royal Charter is an instrument of incorporation, granted by the Sovereign, which confers independent legal personality on an organisation and defines its objectives, constitution and powers to govern its own affairs.

IChemE’s Royal Charter and By-laws are the governing documents that define the Institution’s purpose, powers and duties. Over time, as the Institution’s activities and processes evolve, then so too must these key documents. The Royal Charter and By-laws are kept under continual review, to allow any necessary amendments to be brought forward on a regular basis.

The changes shown in the document below were circulated to Voting Members together with the Notice convening the 2022 AGM. A poll in relation to the proposed By-law changes was held the results declared at the Annual General Meeting held on 14 June 2022 as follows:

Special Resolution (changes to By-laws)  

  • Votes in favour – 704 votes; 87.6% of votes cast
  • Votes against – 40 votes; 5% of votes cast
  • Abstentions – 60 votes; 7.4% of votes cast

As the Special Resolution was passed, the amendments will now be submitted to the Privy Council Office to obtain final approval from Her Majesty The Queen.