UK and Australian members to be gain cross-over privileges from 2015.
The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) and The Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA) have signed an agreement allowing fellows to transition between organisations from the start of 2015.
This cross-association agreement is designed to begin a “new era of advanced co-operation,” according to a statement by Gem-A.
The agreement, which was signed by GAA patron Terry Coldham FGA and GAA president Katrina Marchioni FGAA at Gem-A’s annual graduation ceremony on November 3, recognises the equivalent status of the Association’s two diplomas and allows fully-paid members of either organisation to become fellows of their sister association.
Gem- A president Harry Levy FGA co-signed the agreement, alongside chairman Jason Williams FGA FDA, with the process witnessed by CIBJO president Dr Gaetano Cavaileri.
GAA president Katrina Marchioni commented "This historic agreement between our two associations signals the start of an exciting new era for our members. One in which we will not only continue to strengthen our already strong relationship in education.
"Now we can offer general membership benefits as well, I look forward to receiving my first copy of a Gem-A publication. By working more closely together we have the opportunity to create a much stronger global presence for both associations."
Gem-A chief executive officer James Riley FGA DGA, added: “For many years, the GAA and Gem-A have been working alongside one another in our education practices, but these connections have not extended into membership services. As there is both a historical and practical connection between the two associations, it only seems sensible for an agreement to exist whereby the membership services of each association can be provided to members of the other association.”