3.5 Secondary rules

A society may choose to adopt rules that go beyond the matters required by society legislation. Rules that are not statutory may still be registered with the FCA, or they can be maintained as secondary rules by the society, without the approval of the FCA. Most model rules contain rules that go beyond the statutory matters addressed in Section 4.2. However, any amendments to rules registered with the FCA must be approved by the FCA even if the rule concerned does not address a statutory matter. 

Secondary rules, which can also be called regulations, standing orders, or bye-laws, are usually developed to improve the functioning of the society. It is a matter of good practice that copies of secondary rules are made available to all members, and changes to secondary rules should be approved at a general meeting.

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