Terms and Conditions

Terms of Use

Welcome to www.hkife.org, the institution of fire engineers in Hong Kong. To ensure a safe, enjoyable environment for all of our users, we have established our Terms of Use. They spell out what you can expect from us and what we expect from you. Please note that by accessing any area of www.hkife.org, you agree to be bound and to abide by these Terms of Use. We also strongly advise you to see our full privacy policy statement. www.hkife.org is owned and operated by The Institution of Fire Engineers (Hong Kong Branch). Any reference in these Terms of Use to www.hkife.org shall include reference to The Institution of Fire Engineers (Hong Kong Branch) and their officer-bearers.

Compliance with laws

The Institution of Fire Engineers (Hong Kong Branch) is a society incorporated under the laws of Hong Kong. We operate in Hong Kong and comply with all the laws and regulations of Hong Kong. All our activities and membership offerings are in compliance with all the requirements and specifications under the laws of Hong Kong. We are not in a position to guarantee compliance with specific local requirements or specifications under the local jurisdictions of customers.

Membership Subscription and Professional Examinations Terms

All membership subscriptions and professional examinations are subject to these terms.

Our trademarks, service marks and copyright

The following trademarks and service marks belong to The Institution of Fire Engineers (Hong Kong Branch) and all rights in them are reserved: HKIFE(Hong Kong Branch), 消防工程師學會(香港分會), www.hkife.org. These and other HKIFE(Hong Kong Branch) or www.hkife.org graphics, logos, service marks and trademarks of The Institution of Fire Engineers (Hong Kong Branch) may not be used without the prior written consent of The Institution of Fire Engineers (Hong Kong Branch). All other trademarks, product names, company names and logos appearing on www.hkife.org are the property of their respective owners. All content on our site, including design, text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, software and audio clips; any improvements or modifications to such content; any derivative works thereof; the collection, arrangement and assembly of all content appearing on www.hkife.org, are the exclusive property of www.hkife.org and are protected by Hong Kong and international copyright and other applicable intellectual property laws. All software used on our site is the property of www.hkife.org or its software suppliers and is protected by Hong Kong and international copyright and other applicable intellectual property laws.

Use of Site

This site may currently only be used for online communications between HKIFE and its members. You may not distribute or commercially exploit the site or any part of its content (whether by reproduction, retransmission, dissemination, sale, broadcast, circulation, republication, amendment, re-delivery using “framing” or similar technology or otherwise). Any use of the on-line communication features of this site may only be used for lawful purposes and you may not post or transmit any material which is objectionable (whether harmful, threatening or otherwise); www.hkife.org reserves the right (but without the obligation or liability) to prohibit or remove any such material.

Transaction currency

Unless other specified, all online transactions made through www.hkife.org are settled by Hong Kong Dollar (HKD).


Resale Purpose is Not Permitted

All membership and activities are for members’ use only and shall not be commercially resold. www.hkife.org may refuse any membership or enrolment of activities which it suspects is for commercial resale.

Payment Security

PayDollar is a leading, secure and reliable international payment service provider to banks and online merchants since 2000. Customers’ payment details are securely transmitted to the acquiring bank, card and payment companies for real-time transaction authorisation using 256-bit Extended Validation Certificates (EV) SSL transaction encryption. PayDollar supports CVV/CVC check as well as 3-D secure authentication of Visa and MasterCard namely: Verified By VISA, MasterCard SecureCode for added security protection for both customers and merchant.

Cancellation of Membership

The request for membership cancellation request should be sent to secretary@hkife.org.hk. The management committee of the HKIFE will confirm and record the membership cancellation during the earliest committee meeting. All unused subscription will be refunded to the individual member through the payment method he/she used.

Suspension of Membership

A reminder notice will be sent to a member when his/her subscription was 30 days past due. A final reminder notice will be sent to a member when his/her subscription was 45 days past due.

If the subscription which is due for payment was unpaid for 60 days, the membership will be temporarily suspended. During the membership suspension period, member is not entitled to enrol any HKIFE activities and other membership benefits.

Reinstatement of Membership

A member whose membership was suspended by reason of unpaid membership subscription, may submit a request to the management committee for reinstatement of membership. All unpaid membership subscription should be settled before submitting the request.

Termination of Membership

If the subscription which is due for payment was unpaid for 180 days, the management committee may consider the termination of the membership of a member during the committee meeting. Member with terminated membership shall submit a new membership application for reinstatement of membership.


The site and its content are provided on an “as is” basis without warranties of any kind, whether express or implied (except only as may be implied by applicable law). www.hkife.org is only providing a venue for the sale of products on its site and shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages (including damages for loss of profit or intangible loss related to your use of the site or use of any of the products purchased at its site). Please read all information, warranties or warnings provided by the manufacturer owner or seller of the products on or in the product packaging and labels before using any product purchased on www.hkife.org. www.hkife.org shall not be liable for the accuracy, fitness for a particular purpose or quality of such products or reliability of any information provided by any manufacturer owner or seller of such products and it is your responsibility to evaluate such information.

Although www.hkife.org uses reasonable efforts to have the colors of the images of its merchandize displayed as accurately as possible on the site, we do not warrant that the color will be accurately displayed by your monitor.

Indemnity and Limitation of Liability

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless www.hkife.org from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs (including reasonable legal fees) arising from any breach of these Terms of Use or any other activity by you in connection with your use of the site. You further agree that www.hkife.org shall not be held liable howsoever for your use of the site and you agree to waive all claims that you may have against www.hkife.org for any loss or damages you may sustain in connection with your use of the site. In the event that this disclaimer is unenforceable, the total liability of www.hkife.org, if any, for losses or damages shall not exceed the fees you paid for the particular service or product upon which liability is based.

Links to other sites

Occasionally, www.hkife.org may make available a link to a third party’s web site. These links will let you leave www.hkife.org. The linked sites are not under www.hkife.org control and www.hkife.org is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites. www.hkife.org is not responsible for webcasting or any other form of transmission received from any linked site. www.hkife.org provides the links only as a convenience. www.hkife.org does not endorse the site or its use or contents.

Our Privacy Policy

You agree to our use of information about you as described in our privacy policy.


www.hkife.org may terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the site, without notice, for any conduct that www.hkife.org, in its sole discretion, believes is in violation of any applicable law or is harmful to www.hkife.org or a third party.


www.hkife.org may deliver notices to you by means of electronic mail, a general notice on www.hkife.org or by post. You may give notice to www.hkife.org at any time by means of electronic mail to www.hkife.org or by post to the following address: P.O. Box No.98649, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Modification of Terms

These Terms of Use (including the order terms contained in the Help page) may be modified from time to time. You should therefore read these Terms of Use and the order terms before you place any order.

Governing Law

These Terms of Use (including the order terms contained in the Help page) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. You irrevocably agree that the courts of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any claim or dispute concerning or arising from these Terms of Use and the order terms.

These Terms of Use were last updated on Feb 2021