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BYLAWS (Draft)  OF  INTERNATIONAL  ASSOCIATION  FOR  BURN INJURY   

APPENDIX  1                                                            NAME OF ASSOCIATION

                                          

Section 1. The name of the organization should be International Association for Burn Injury (hereinafter referred to as IABI).

 

APPENDIX  2                                                     MISSION AND OBJECGTIVES

 

Section 1. Mission and Objectives.

The IABI is founded along with the new situation of burn injury, that is, burn patients in developed countries are dramatically reduced while the precaution consciousness and preventive mechanism in developing countries and regions still have much room for improvement. With its nonprofit nature, IABI intends to improve the average precaution consciousness of burn injury, especially in developing countries and regions, and to provide a platform for medical staffs, organizations, institutions and individuals to exchange information and share knowledge of management, so as to improve the current situation of burn injury in an all-around way.

 

The objectives of IABI are as follow:

a.       To boost the management and research of burn injury and improve the recovery rate of burn patients all over the world.

b.      To cope with governments and organizations, especially in developing countries and regions, to improve people’s precaution consciousness, thus to minimize the harm and causalities caused by burn injury.

c.       To provide training courses for volunteers, medical staff and organizations.

d.      To help build an affordable standards of diagnosis, management and prevention of burn injury in developing countries.

         

       A world without burn injury is a dream long desired by human being, while to us, it is the ultimate goal rather than purely a dream. Let’s do it together, to make the world a better place to be.

 

APPENDIX  3                                                                MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1. Eligibility

Physicians, therapists or nurses with related medical license in good standing are eligible to join the association. Students who study in medical school are also eligible to apply for the member of this society.

 

Section 2.  Types of Membership

 

A.      Preliminary Member:

 

Requirement:

Preliminary Members shall be Physicians at the level of Residency and Internship or nurses and therapists at corresponding level.

 

Responsibility and commensurate authorities:

a.      Be in accordance with the bylaws and constitutions of IABI.

b.      Be in accordance with society’s policy and decisions.

c.       Uphold the reputation of society.

 

B.      Advanced Member

 

Requirement:

Advanced Members shall be Physicians at and above the level of Fellowship and Attending physician or nurses and therapist at corresponding level.

 

Responsibility and commensurate authorities:

a.      Be in accordance with the bylaws and constitution of IABI.

b.      Be in accordance with society’s policy and decisions.

c.       Uphold the reputation of society.

d.      Be provided with free access to electronic version of Burns and Trauma Journal.

 

C.      Senior Member:

Senior Member refers to members who are successful in the academic part and (or) the administration part. Senior member has the only right to be elected as board of trustees and regional directors. He or she shall meet at least one of the requirements below:

 

Requirements:

a.      Have at least 15 years’ working experiences in medical field and attain the title of attending physician or corresponding title.

b.      Get at least 5 recommendations from the House of Delegates.

c.       Have published at least 6 articles in world-renowned medical journals[1] and willing to spare his/her time to participate the administrative work of the society.

 

Responsibility and commensurate authorities:

a.      Be in accordance with the International Laws and the bylaws of IABI.

b.      Be in accordance with society’s policy and decisions.

c.       Uphold the reputation of society.

d.      Be provided with hard-copy of Burns and Trauma Journal.

e.      Has the right to vote and to be elected as board of trustees and regional directors

 

D.     Emeritus member

Emeritus Member shall be Physicians, Therapist or Nurses who have paid dues for 25 years and work less than 20 hours per week.

 

Responsibility and commensurate authorities:

a.      Be in accordance with the International Laws and the bylaws of IABI.

b.      Be in accordance with society’s policy and decisions.

c.       Uphold the reputation of society.

d.      Be awarded with certificate of Emeritus Member.

e.      His/her name shall be listed on member section of the official website of IABI and the yearbook of IABI.

f.        Become a life member of IABI who is free of member dues.

 

E.      Honorary Member

Honorary Member shall be those who has done outstanding contribution to the development of IABI or those who has made distinctive impact in the field of Burn Injury. Every Past-President automatically become the Honorary Member of IABI. In other cases, the title of Honorary Member shall be passed by the House of Delegates.

 

Responsibility and commensurate authorities:

a.      Be in accordance with the International Laws and the bylaws of IABI.

b.      Be in accordance with society’s policy and decisions.

c.       Uphold the reputation of IABI.

d.      Be provided with hard-copy of Burns and Trauma Journal.

e.      Be awarded with Certificate and Medals of Honorary Member by IABI.

f.        Become a life member of IABI who is free of member dues

 

F.       Medical Student Member.

Medical Student Member shall be those studying in formal medical school with an interest to be specialist in the field of burn injury. While applying for this kind of membership, he or she shall be required to offer the study certificate to prove his/her current status.

 

Responsibility and commensurate authorities:

a.      Be in accordance with the International Laws and the bylaws of IABI.

b.      Be in accordance with society’s policy and decisions.

c.       Uphold the reputation of IABI.

d.      Without the right to vote and to be elected.

e.      Have free access to the any academic videos posted on the website of IABI and have chance to discuss academic problems with expert in the field of Burn Injury worldwide.

    

G.     Supportive Member

Corporations or organizations which support the development of IABI shall have a representative as the supportive member of IABI.

 

Responsibility and commensurate authorities:

a. Be in accordance with the International Laws and the bylaws of IABI.

b. Be in accordance with society’s policy and decisions.

c.  Uphold the reputation of IABI.

d. Have the right to vote but ineligible to be elected

 

     Section 3. Membership dues.

     The membership dues shall be certain amount of money approved by the committee of trustees.

     For Regular Members and advanced members, their annual membership dues shall be fully paid.

     For Regular Members and advanced members, if he/she is in less-developed countries, he/she could apply for exempt of membership dues which comes into effect on the approval of the House of Delegates.

     For Supportive Members, their annual membership dues shall be waived.

     The membership fees for Medical Student Members shall have the three following situations: a. if he/she still works while studying in medical school, the membership dues shall be half-paid; b. if he/she is a post-graduate student, the membership fee shall pay 20% of the total membership dues; c. if he/she is a graduate student, the membership fees shall be exempted.

    

Section 4. Withdrawal and Reinstatement

Any member of IABI, by his/her own wills, could withdraw from IABI by filling the withdrawal form provided on IABI official website and send it to our address. The withdrawal shall be approved within 15 days

Any membership shall remain inactive due to failure of payment of membership dues. Any inactive member shall reclaim its membership by paying his or her membership dues.

 

Section 5. Disqualification and Expulsion

The revoke or suspension of his/her medical license shall lead to the expulsion of membership.

Members, excluding trustees, delegates, and officers of nominating committee shall be expelled by no less than (includes) 60% of quorum of House of Delegates.

 

 

APPENDIX  4                                                                    CHAPTER

 

Section  1. The establishment of Chapter is to better facilitate the regional and cross-regional communication. Chapter, as a branch of IABI, can considerably improve the efficiency of IABI’s routine administration and, on the other side, provide a more approachable platform for its members within certain region.

 

Section  2. The Chapter shall be composed by Delegates and Director. The exact number of Delegates shall be the quotient of the number of members (excluding medical student member and supportive member) in that region divides the total number of members (excluding medical student member and supportive member) rounds up to the nearest whole number. Every Chapter shall have one single director.

 

Section  3. Charter.

The Board of trustees shall issue charters to all chapters and the Chapters could made amendments on basis that their constitutions and bylaws are consistent with the Constitution and Bylaws of IABI. The amendments shall be subject to the approval of Board of Trustees before they come into effect.

 

Section  4. Quorum and Election.

No less than (includes) 60% of total number of member who has the right to vote shall constitute the quorum. The Election shall be held every two year, either in an electronic way or by holding a conference at certain place which is the decision of the Chapter. For online secretive ballot, IABI shall provide technical support for creating pages serving that purpose.

 

Section  5. Terms and Vacancies

The Terms for delegates and Directors shall be two years and can only be consecutive once.

If there is a vacancy, either delegates or director, an interim meeting shall be held immediately to selectalternate delegates or director.

 

Section  6. Removal of Officers

The Chapter may, by a three-quarters vote of its voting members, remove from office any delegates or director of delegates who has been shown to have violated the Bylaws and Constitutions of IABI; violate the principle of justice and fairness; willfully or repeatedly neglected his or her official duties or responsibilities.

 

APPENDIX  5                                                          Board of Trustees

 

Section  1. The Board of Trustees serves as an executive body of IABI, and is responsible for the routine administrative affair and other duties assigned by the House of Delegates.

 

Section  2. The Board of Trustees shall be composed of President, President-Elect, Past-Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary, Speaker, and vice-speaker and regional director.

 

Section  3. Responsibility and commensurate authorities:

A.   Responsible for the routine administration of IABI

B.   Formulate policies which will be subject to the approval of House of Delegates.

C.   Other duties assigned by the House of Delegates.

D.  Verify the validity of the expulsion of certain Delegate.

 

Section  4. Terms and Vacancies.

The President shall serve for a term of three years and therefore the President-Elect shall be elected every three years. The term of office for Treasurer, Secretary, Speaker and Vice-speaker shall be three years. The term of office of each Chapter’s director shall see Appendix 4 section 5.

 

Section  5. Quorum and Voting

Meetings and conference requires the all presence of the Board of Trustee. Policies, expulsions, etc. shall not come into effect if it fails to get 70% vote.

 

Section  6. Appointment

The Treasurer, Secretary, Speaker and Vice-Speaker shall be nominated by the President and the four officers shall be then subject to the vote of the House of Delegates. If the vote of any nominee from the President hasn’t passed, then the nominating committee shall nominate new candidates until the new officer is elected.

 

 

APPENDIX 6                                                            Duties of Officers

 

Section 1.  The officers of society shall be President, President-Elect, Past-Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary, Speaker, and Director of Chapter.

 

Section  2.  President.

The President is the chief officer of the society. The President shall have the following responsibilities and commensurate authorities:

a.  Be in accordance with the Bylaws and Constitutions of IABI.

b.  Make the annual report to all members of the society at the annual meeting.

c.  Preside over the routine work of IABI and formulate plan during the term of office.

d.  President at the conclusion of his or her term shall have a term of one-year as Immediately-Past-President to assist the President-Elect with his or her work.

 

Section  3.  President-Elect.

The President-Elect shall have the following responsibilities and commensurate authorities:

a. Be in accordance with the Bylaws and Constitutions of IABI

b. Succeed to the office of President automatically at the end of the term as President-Elect.

c.  Succeed to the office of President whenever there is a vacancy in the office of   the President during the term of office as President-Elect

d. Provide assistance to the President during his or her term as President-Elect.

 

Section  4.  Past-President.

Former President after his or her retirement from the office automatically becomes the Past-President. The Past-President shall have the following responsibilities and commensurate authorities:

a.      Be in accordance with the Bylaws and Constitutions of IABI

b.      Propose advices and ideas to the committee of trustee

c.       Vote as a member of the committee of trustee.

d.      Become the Honorary Member of the IABI

 

     Section  5. Treasurer.

The Treasurer shall have the following responsibilities and commensurate authorities:

a.      Be in accordance with the Bylaws and Constitutions of IABI

b.      Administers funds due the society, including bequests, endowments, sponsorship and membership fee.

c.       Make annual fiscal report of the IABI to the committee of trustee.

d.      Provide advices and suggestions on IABI’s future investment and donation as a reference to the board of trustee.

e.      Supervise expenditure and disburse funds from the treasury if approved by the committee of trustee.

f.        Subject society’s financial account to audit if for this purpose

g.      Shall be authorized the power to sign the check or counter-signature to the other person if approved by the committee of trustees.

h.      Vote as a member of the committee of trustees.

 

         Section  5. Secretary.

The Secretary shall have the following responsibilities and commensurate authorities:

a.      Be in accordance with the Bylaws and Constitutions of IABI

b.      Be Responsible for the maintenance of membership, including expulsion of member approved by the committee of trustee.

c.       Provide assistance to President’s routine administration of the society.

d.      Responsible for the liaison and communication within the society.

e.      Another duties assigned by the President.

 

    Section  6. Speaker.

The Speaker shall have the following responsibilities and commensurate authorities:

a.      Be in accordance with the Bylaws and Constitutions of IABI

b.      Attend Press Conference on behalf of the society and answer media’s question.

c.       Make announcements or replies publicly on behalf of the society.

d.      Preside over the conference of the Board of Trustee.

 

         Section  7. Vice-speaker.

The Speaker shall have the following responsibilities and commensurate authorities:

a.      Be in accordance with the Bylaws and Constitutions of IABI

b.      Assist the speaker with his/her work.

 

     Section  8. Director of Chapter

a.      Be in accordance with the Bylaws and Constitutions of IABI.

b.      Have the right vote as a member of Board of Trustees.

c.       Liaise the executive committee with Chapters.

 

 

APPENDIX  7                                                         House of Delegates

 

Section  1. The House of Delegates is responsible for supervising the policy that the Board of Trustees made and deciding whether the expulsion of certain trustee is in accordance with the Bylaws of IABI or the title of Honorary Members shall be approved to grant certain people.

 

Section  2. The House of Delegates shall be composed of the Delegates from the seven chapters, excluding the director of each Chapter.

 

Section  3. Responsibilities and commensurate authorities:

a.      Be in accordance with the Bylaws of IABI.

b.      Supervise the policies formulated by the Board of Trustees and vote for them.

c. Verify the validity of the expulsion of certain Trustee.

d.      Vote for the approval of the title of Honorary Member.

e.      Other duties not covered in the Bylaws.

 

Section  4. Terms and Vacancies.

House of Delegates shall serve for a term of two years and shall be staggered that half of delegates will be replaced annually.

If there are vacancies in the House of Delegates, the vacancies shall be filled by the delegates from the region.

 

Section  5. Quorum and Voting

No less than (include) 60% of Delegates constitutes a quorum. The Voting process could be made either in an electronic way or by holding conference at certain place which is the decision of the Chapter. For online secretive ballot, IABI shall provide technical support for creating pages serving that kind of purpose. Any resolution shall not come into effect if it fails to get 70% vote from delegates participating the online or off-line meeting.

 

Section  6. Removal of Officers

a. The House of Delegates may, by a three-quarters vote of its voting members, remove from office any trustee who has been shown to have violated the Bylaws and Constitutions of IABI or have misconducts such as leakage of confidential information or negligence of his or her duties and responsibilities. .

b. The House of Delegates may, by a three-quarters vote of its voting members, remove from office any officer of nominating committee who has been shown to have violated the Bylaws and Constitutions of IABI or have misconducts such as leakage of confidential information or negligence of his or her duties and responsibilities.

 

APPENDIX  8                                                      NOMINATING COMMITTEE

 

Section  1. The Nominating Committee is responsible for nominating the candidate for President and President-Elect as well as the candidate for Honorary Member of IABI.

 

Section  2. The Nominating Committee is composed of delegates elected from Chapters. Every chapter, regardless of the number of members, shall elect two delegates as member of the Nominating Committee.

 

Section  3 Responsibilities and commensurate authorities:

a. Be in accordance with the Bylaws and Constitutions of IABI.

b. Nominate the candidate for President and President-Elect

c.  Nominate the candidate for Honorary Member of IABI.

d. Nominate the trustees when deemed necessary.

 

Section  4. Terms and Vacancies.

The officer of Nominating Committee shall serve for a term of three years and every year 1/3 of officers of Nominating Committee shall be re-elected.

If there are vacancies in the Nominating Committee due to officer’s mental or (and) physical inability or resignation, the vacancies shall be filled by the election of the officer’s Chapter.

 

Section  5. Quorum and Voting

No less than (include) 60% of Nominating Committee constitutes the Quorum. For President Candidate, each time the Nominating Committee is only allowed to nominate 2 eligible members from two different regions. Besides that, only one of two candidates shall come from the same region consecutively. Any resolution shall not come into effect if it fails to get 70% vote from officers participating the online or off-line meeting

 

APPENDIX  9                                                                    MEETING

 

Section 1.  A member meeting shall be held annually in certain place decided by the Board of Trustees.

Section 2.  An interim meeting shall be held on the call of President to handle emergencies.

 

Section 3.  An annual internal meeting shall be held for the Board of Trustees and House of Delegates as the summary of the work having done during the last year and outlook for the future work.

 

 



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