RFS Form Changes

Following statutory instruments introduced in September 2018, changes have been made to the forms relating to Industrial and Provident Societies, Friendly Societies and Trade Unions.

See Irish Statute Book website:

New Form and Fees Regulations

September 2018: Changes have been made in relation to Industrial and Provident Societies Forms, Friendly Societies Forms and Trade Union Forms.

August 2018: Changes have been made to the fees provisions for all areas of The Registry of Friendly Societies (RFS). Changes have been made to the Industrial and Provident Societies fees as well as those for Friendly Societies and Trade Unions. Fees are being reduced for most forms.  Please see webpages for updated information: Industrial & Provident Society Fees, Friendly Societies Fees and Trade Union Fees.

The option to file certain RFS documents online will be introduced in the coming months and further updates will be added to the website and ezines will issue in relation to this.

Citation Change - Statutory Auditor Requirement

Following changes introduced in the Companies (Statutory Audits) Act 2018, the citation for the Industrial and Provident Acts is now 1893 to 2018 and the citation for the Friendly Societies Acts is now 1896 to 2018. Changes that relate to these Acts are set out in Part 3 to the 2018 Act. References to "public auditors" have been replace by "statutory auditors". Section 1441 Companies Act 2014 is repealed.

Industrial and Provident Societies

Changes have been made to the forms for the application to register an amendment to the rules of an Industrial and Provident society.

Form B: An application to register a partial amendment of rules must be made by the secretary of the society and must be sent to the Registrar, accompanied by:
(a) a statutory declaration in Form C; and
(b) two copies of the proposed new rulebook (complete) as it has been altered following the changes.  The new rules must be signed by three members and the secretary (both copies). It is no longer required for the old registered rules to be submitted.

Form D: Application to register a complete amendment of rules must be made by the secretary of the society & must be sent to the Registrar, accompanied by:
(a) a statutory declaration in Form C; and
(b) two copies of the proposed new rulebook (complete) as it has been altered following the changes.  The new rules must be signed by three members and the secretary (both copies). It is no longer required for the old registered rules to be submitted.

Form K: A change was also made to form K, notice of the change in registered office -  it is no longer required for the old address to be entered in.

Friendly Societies

Changes have been made to the forms for the application to register an amendment to the rules of a friendly society.

Form B: An application to register a partial amendment of rules must be made by the secretary of the society and must be sent to the Registrar, accompanied by:
(a) a statutory declaration in Form C; and
(b) two copies of the proposed new rulebook (complete) as it has been altered following the changes.  The new rules must be signed by three members and the secretary (both copies). It is no longer required for the old registered rules to be submitted

Form D: Application to register a complete amendment of rules must be made by the secretary of the society & must be sent to the Registrar, accompanied by:
(a) a statutory declaration in Form C; and
(b)  two copies of the proposed new rulebook (complete) as it has been altered following the changes.  The new rules must be signed by three members and the secretary (both copies). It is no longer required for the old registered rules to be submitted

Form H: A change was also made to form H, notice of the change in registered office -  it is no longer required for the old address to be entered in.

Trade Unions

Changes have been made to the forms for the application to register an amendment to the rules of a trade union.

Form C: An application for the registration of a partial alteration of rules must be made by seven members of the trade union and accompanied by the following documents:
(a)  two copies of the proposed new rulebook (complete) as it has been altered following the changes each copy being marked O and signed by each of the applicants It is no longer required for the old registered rules to be submitted and
(b) A statutory declaration in Form D

Form F: An application for the registration of a complete alteration of rules shall be made by seven members of the trade union and accompanied by two printed copies of the new rules, each copy being marked P and signed by each of the applicants; and the Registrar before registering the new set of rules shall ascertain that it provides for all matters which, by the Trade Union Acts 1871 to 1990 are to be provided for by the rules of a registered trade union.

Form M: A change was also made to form M, notice of the change in registered office -  it is no longer required for the old address to be entered in.