IPC OPERATIONAL STRUCTURE

The IPC is composed of a General Assembly, Governing Board, Management and various Committees

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General Assembly 

The General Assembly is the supreme governing body of the IPC. It is responsible for defining the vision and general direction of the IPC. It shall also: 

  • Elect the President, the Vice President, 10 Members at Large 
  • Consider and approve the IPC's budget and the IPC membership fee policy 
  • Consider and approve the policy and procedures for nomination and election of Governing Board members 
  • Decide on motions proposed to it in accordance with the Constitution and the Regulations 
  • Hear and receive the reports of the Governing Board and CEO 
  • Approve and admit full members in the IPC 
  • Consider and approve the financial reports and audited accounts and thereby discharge the Bodies of the Organisation 
  • Consider and approve the bylaws outlining the Members' rights and obligations 
  • Approve amendments to the IPC Constitution 
  • Receive and approve the minutes of the previous General Assembly 

The General Assembly meets once every two years and is composed of: 

International Federations (IFs) 

IFs are recognised as the sole representative of a Paralympic sport. They have the right, among others, to submit motions; attend, speak and vote at meetings; nominate candidates for appropriate IPC Bodies; and participate in IPC activities.  

In addition, IFs can conduct their own competitions and propose the programme for their respective Para sport in the Paralympic Games for approval by the IPC.   

National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) 

NPCs are the national representatives for the worldwide Paralympic Movement. They have the right, among others, to submit motions; attend, speak and vote at meetings; nominate candidates for appropriate IPC Bodies; and participate in IPC activities.  

In addition, NPCs can enter their athletes into the Paralympic Games, subject to compliance with the Constitution and Regulations.

International Organisations of Sport for the Disabled (IOSDs) 

IOSDs are independent organisations recognised by the IPC as the sole representatives of a specific impairment group. They have the right, among others, to submit motions; attend, speak and vote at meetings; nominate candidates for appropriate IPC Bodies; and participate in IPC activities.  

In addition, IOSDs can conduct their own competitions, subject to the Para sport calendar.  

Regional Organisations (ROs) 

ROs represent IPC members across specific areas of the world. They have the right, among others, to appoint delegates to speak on their behalf at IPC meetings. They do not have the right to vote, submit motions, or nominate candidates for election at meetings of the IPC. ROs can propose candidates for membership within IPC Bodies and participate in IPC activities.  

In addition, ROs act as a liaison to the IPC within their region, and coordinate sanctioned regional competitions. The IPC currently recognises five Regional Organisations.