The Council has the ultimate responsibility for the governance of PIARC. It is composed of delegations from member states, each led by a First Delegate. The Council elects the officers, the Secretary General and the members of the Executive Committee. The Council meets once each year.
The PIARC General Secretariat is located in Paris. It is composed of salaried support staff and staff seconded by various member countries.
It provides a secretarial service for the Council, the Executive Committee and the Commissions and services to the Technical Committees.
There are PIARC National Committees in 45 member countries.
National Committees contribute to the dissemination of PIARC outputs, organize local activities such as meetings, conferences and seminars, and undertake some membership services and administration duties in their own countries.