P401: Governance arrangements for BSC Panel Alternates

To clarify the governance arrangements for BSC Panel Alternates in respect of their contribution to quoracy and voting at BSC Panel meetings. This will help to address ambiguity within the existing arrangements.

Formal title: Governance arrangements for BSC Panel Alternates

Current Status

Initial Written Assessment
Assessment Procedure
Report Phase
With Authority
Awaiting Implementation


Existing provisions are ambiguous on BSC Panel Alternates contribution to a quorum. Likewise in respect of the contribution of BSC Panel Members or Alternates attending by teleconference or similar means to a quorum.

Existing provisions have the potential to unduly concentrate power in an individual and undermine the rules relating to quorum and robust decision-making.

This ambiguity presents potential risks to the robustness of BSC Panel Governance.

Amend Section B to clarify that:

  • A quorum is based on the number of individuals present; and
  • Alternates may only stand in for a single Panel Member, thereby only casting one vote in the case that they are a Panel Alternate and only casting two votes in the case that the appointed Alternate is also a Panel Member.


P401 was approved by the BSC Panel at its meeting on 12 March 2020 and was implemented on 8 April 2020. 

The Modification was sent directly to Report Phase and a 14WD Report Phase Consultation is being carried out from 18 February 2020 to 6 March 2020.  

P401 was raised by the BSC Panel at its  meeting on 13 February 2020 where the IWA was presented.

Next Events

P401 was implemented on 8 April 2020.


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