Confidentiality policy of ICA

According to art. 13 para. 1 and 2 of Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Regulation on Data Protection) (Official Journal of the European Union L 119, p. 1) – hereinafter: GDPR, in force from 25 May 2018, we inform:

1) The administrator of your personal data is the INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION FOR ACOUSTICS with domicile in Spain, Calle Serrano 144, E-28006, Madrid (hereinafter referred to as: ICA).

2) Your personal data will be processed in order to establish contact (including keeping the internal contact register to enable the Administrator contact with persons submitting inquiries via e-mail) and to establish, defend or pursue claims, which is the legitimate interest of the ICA referred to in art. 6 par. 1 lit. f GDPR.

3) The recipients of your personal data will only be entities authorized to obtain personal data on the basis of law and third parties cooperating with the ICA.

4) Your personal data will be stored until the end of the period of limitation of possible claims.

5) ICA would like to inform you that you have the right to:

  • requesting access to personal data;
  • rectification of personal data;
  • erasure of personal data – with the exception of data provided and processed in periods required by law;
  • restrictions on the processing of personal data;
  • object to the processing of personal data;
  • withdrawal of consent at any time by e-mail to the following address:; the withdrawal of the consent shall not affect the lawfulness of the processing which was carried out on the basis of the consent prior to its withdrawal;
  • lodging a complaint to the Supervisory Body.

In order to exercise the rights, set out above, please contact the Secretary General.

6) Providing personal data is voluntary, but failure to provide data will result in the inability to contact.

Approved by ICA Board July 2021


This outlines the International Commission for Acoustics (ICA) conflict of interest policy as it relates to all elected and appointed members on the ICA Board. It is not the intent of this Policy to eliminate all situations which may give rise to a conflict of interest, but rather to enable all members of the ICA Board and the General Assembly to recognize situations that may create a conflict of interest, and therefore ensure that such situations are properly disclosed in advance. This disclosure must be made before any vote which could potentially lead to a result influenced by a conflict of interest.

Statement of Policy

No member of the ICA Board shall use his or her position, or the knowledge gained therefrom, in such a manner that a conflict arises between the interests of the ICA and his or her personal interests or the interests of other organizations. Each ICA member has a duty to place the interest of the Commission foremost in any dealings with ICA and has a continuing responsibility to comply with the requirements of this policy.

If an elected or appointed member has an interest in:

  • a proposed transaction with the ICA in the form of a significant personal financial interest in the transaction; or
  • any organization involved in such a transaction; or
  • holds a position of trustee, director, employee or officer in such an organization

then he or she must make full disclosure of such an interest before any discussion or negotiation of such transaction, and if deemed a significant conflict of interest by the affected member or by the Board, they shall abstain from any vote in connection with the matter. This applies to all issues, but especially in relation to any financial matters, including grants and awards, and the congress selection process.


To implement this policy members of the Board shall make appropriate disclosures before any relevant Board or general assembly discussion or voting.

Approved by ICA Board January 2011

Statement of Policy

It is the policy of the International Commission for Acoustics (ICA) that all participants in ICA activities, particularly the ICA congresses, will enjoy an environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. As a professional organization, the ICA is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas. In pursuit of that ideal, ICA is dedicated to the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all members regardless of any other reason not related to scientific merit. Harassment, sexual or otherwise, is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of ICA congresses. Violators of this policy will be subject to discipline.

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Behavior and language that are welcome/acceptable to one person may be unwelcome/offensive to another. Consequently, individuals must use discretion to ensure that their words and actions communicate respect for others. This is especially important for those in positions of authority since individuals with lower rank or status may be reluctant to express their objections or discomfort regarding unwelcome behavior. Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature. It refers to behavior that is not welcome, is personally offensive, debilitates morale, and therefore interferes with work effectiveness. The following are examples of behavior that, when unwelcome, may constitute sexual harassment: sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions; verbal comments or physical actions of a sexual nature; sexually degrading words used to describe an individual; a display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; sexually explicit jokes; unnecessary touching.

Definition of Other Harassment

Harassment on the basis of any other protected characteristic is also strictly prohibited. This conduct includes, but is not limited to the following: epithets, slurs, or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts; denigrating jokes and display or circulation of written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group.

Definition of Discrimination

Discrimination refers to a bias or prejudice resulting in denial of opportunity or unfair treatment regarding selection, promotion, or transfer. Discrimination is practiced commonly on the grounds of age, disability, ethnicity, origin, political belief, race, religion, sex, i.e., factors which are irrelevant to a person’s competence or suitability.

Definition of Retaliation

Retaliation refers to taking some action to negatively impact another based on their reporting an act of discrimination or harassment.

Scope of Policy

This policy applies to all attendees at ICA activities, including scientists, students, guests, staff, contractors, and exhibitors, participating in the scientific sessions, tours, and social events of any ICA congress or other activity.

Reporting the Incident

Any individual covered by this policy who believes that he or she has been subjected to harassment should contact an ICA Officer which includes President, Vice-President, Past-President, Secretary General, and Treasurer. The individual reporting the incident is not required nor expected to discuss the concern with the alleged offender. All complaints will be treated seriously and will be investigated promptly. Confidentiality will be honored to the extent possible as long as the rights of others are not compromised.

The Investigation

Once a report is received, the Secretary General will inform the President (or other Officer if the complaint involves the President). The Secretary General or President will oversee the conduct of the investigation which may be conducted by the Secretary General, other appropriate staff, legal counsel, or an external consultant.

In most cases, the complainant will be interviewed first and the written complaint reviewed. If the complainant has not already filed a formal written complaint, he or she will be asked to do so.

The details of the complaint should be provided to the alleged offender by the investigator.

The alleged offender should be given a reasonable opportunity to respond to the evidence of the complainant and to provide his or her own evidence.

If the facts are in dispute, further investigatory steps may include interviewing those named as witnesses.

If, for any reason, the investigator is in doubt about whether or how to continue, he or she will seek counsel from the President or Secretary General.

When the investigation is complete, the investigator will report the findings to the President and Secretary General, along with a recommendation for further action.

Retaliation is Prohibited

The ICA will not tolerate any form of retaliation against persons who file a complaint or assist in the investigation. Retaliation is a serious violation of this policy and, like harassment or discrimination itself, will be subject to disciplinary action.

Disciplinary Action

Individuals engaging in behavior prohibited by this policy as well as those making allegations of harassment in bad faith will be subject to disciplinary action. Such actions range from a verbal warning to ejection from the meeting or activity in question without refund of registration fees and the reporting of their behavior to their employer. Repeat offenders maybe subject to further disciplinary action, such as being banned from participating in future ICA congresses or other activities.

Appeal & Questions

In the event that the individual who reported the incident is dissatisfied with the results of the investigation, he or she may appeal to the President (or another Officer if the complaint involves the President). Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Secretary General or other ICA Officer.

Interim policy approved by the ICA Board 31 May 2018 to be based largely on the ASA Harassment Policy.