Last revised: 19 June 2013
Article I - Name, Purpose, Scope
Article II - Membership
Article III - Officers and Duties
Article IV - Committees
Article V - Biennial Meeting
Article VI - Dues and Fee
Article VII - Ethics and Discipline
Article VIII - Resignations
Article IX - Dissolution
Article X - Amendments
The name of the Regional Organisation shall be "The Asian Pacific Craniofacial Association ( APCA)".
A. to furnish leadership and foster advances in craniofacial surgery, especially in the Asian-Pacific region;
B. to afford a forum for the exchange of knowledge pertaining to the practice of the above;
C. to stimulate research, investigation and teaching in the methods of preventing and correcting congenital and acquired craniofacial deformities;
D. to enhance the study and practice of craniofacial surgery;
E. to afford recognition to those who have contributed to craniofacial surgery by extending to them membership of the Society.
F. to develop links with similar Craniofacial Societies both regionally and internationally;
G. The Association will not be involved in the politics of any country.
Craniofacial surgery is that specialty in medicine which includes the investigation, preservation and restoration of craniofacial form and function by medical and surgical means.
There shall be four classes of membership in the Society: Founder, Active, Associate and Honorary.
Membership in the Society is by invitation.
Membership is a privilege and not a right and it is contingent upon continuing compliance with the by-laws of the Society. No person shall be elected or remain a member of the Society unless he or she is of good moral character and adheres to accepted principles of medical ethics.
Membership in the Society shall be limited and the candidates to be nominated for membership shall be determined at the Society Meeting by the Officers and Council Members.
A. Those people who have been actively proposing the foundation of the Association and who are present at the inauguration or their written nominees, all of whom need to be actively involved in the management of craniofacial deformity.
They will have all of the rights and duties of active members.
A. QUALIFICATIONS: ACTIVE MEMBERS
B. RIGHTS AND DUTIES: ACTIVE MEMBERS
A. QUALIFICATIONS: ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
B. RIGHTS AND DUTIES: ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
A. Honorary members shall be individuals whom the Society deems worthy of special honor because of notable contributions in the field of craniofacial surgery or because of long activity in the interests of the Society. They are not required to attend meetings or pay dues and they cannot vote or hold office in the Society.
A. ACTIVE, ASSOCIATE AND HONORARY MEMBERS
a. a completed application signed by the sponsors
b. copies of operative reports of all craniofacial procedures performed in the 24 months immediately preceding the date of the application
c. a list of clinical team members
d. a list of publications and scientific contributions including full curriculum vitae
A. Completed applications for Active and Associate membership must be submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer by a date three months before the Executive Business Meeting
B. Active and Associate members may submit a request in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer for transfers to inactive membership.
All new members shall be sent a certificate of membership signed by the President, Secretary-Treasurer and Council and a copy of the By-Laws of the Society.
The officers of the Society shall be the President, Secretary-Treasurer, and one Council member from each country in the Asian pacific region.
A. No member shall be eligible for office who has not been an active member of the Society for at least five years (this does not pertain to the Founding members).
B. A term of office shall begin at the close of the next Biennial Meeting.
C. The President and Secretary-Treasurer may not serve more than three consecutive terms in the same office.
D. The terms of office for all office holders will be two years.
E. At the Executive Meeting a candidate shall be nominated for each office. Additional nominations may be made from the floor.
F. Election of officers shall be made by ballot of the voting members m attendance at the meeting and a majority shall elect.
G. In the event of the death, resignation or incapacity of the President, the Secretary-Treasurer automatically becomes the President to fill out the remainder of the term. The latter would also continue in their role as Secretary-Treasurer.
A. THE PRESIDENT
B. THE SECRETARY-TREASURER
C. THE COUNCIL
The President may appoint Committees for the transaction of certain business if so proposed by the Executive Committee of the Society.
A Biennial Meeting of the members of the Society shall be held at the time and place designated by the Officers and Council. The Biennial Meeting shall consist of a meeting of the Executive Committee and a meeting of the voting members with scientific, business, and social program.
All elections shall be held at the biennial business meeting unless otherwise specified by the By-Laws.
Special meetings may be called by the Officers and Council and notices must be sent by mail to all members at least 60 days prior to the date of the meeting. Business to be transacted at a special meeting will be stated in the notice.
At least 50% of members eligible to vote constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at a meeting.
An Executive Business Meeting shall be held any time at the discretion of the President.
All meetings of the Society shall be conducted according to these By-Laws and parliamentary procedures according to Robert's Rule of Order, Revised.
A. Presentation and acceptance of minutes of previous meeting.
B. Report of Secretary-Treasurer
C. Committee Reports
D. Election of members
E. Election of Officers
F. Installation of President
G. Unfinished business
H. New Business
The entrance fee for new members shall be determined by the Officers and Council.
Biennial dues for members and the method of payment shall be determined by the Officers and Council.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall notify all members in arrears of dues. Members delinquent for more than two years may be dropped from membership by action of the Officers and Council.
Guest fees and registration fees for the Biennial Meeting shall be determined by the Executive Council.
A special assessment may be recommended by the Executive Committee. It must be voted upon at an Executive Business Meeting and must be approved by two thirds before it can be levied on the members of the Society.
All disciplinary actions of members shall be by the Officers and Council which may censure, reprimand, suspend, expel, or otherwise discipline a member.
A. Failure to comply with the requirements contained in the By-Laws of the Society.
B. Conviction of a felony.
C. Suspension or revocation of licence to practice medicine.
D. Unauthorised use of the Society's name, logo or other symbols on stationery, publications, symposia advertisements, printed material or in any other manner.
E. Immoral, dishonorable or unprofessional conduct considered prejudicial to the best interest or inconsistent with the purpose of the Society.
Any complaints against a member, or members, and all requests for disciplinary action against a member, or members, shall be made in writing and addressed to the President of the Society who shall submit such complaints to the Executive Committee at the next scheduled meeting.
A. If fewer than three-fourths of the Officers and Council at such meeting vote in favor of investigation of the charges for disciplinary action, the complaining member shall be notified that no action will be taken and the matter will be closed.
B. If at least three-fourths of the Officers and Council present at the meeting votes in favor of the investigation of the charges for disciplinary action, a date shall be set to consider these charges and the Secretary-Treasurer shall notify the member in question by registered/certified mail of the charges against him/her and shall specify the date, place and time of the meeting when the charges will be considered.
C. Any such hearings may be conducted in a formal or informal manner as the Officers and Council in their sole discretion decide and they may limit the amount of time allotted to any person appearing before it.
D. If at least three-fourths of the Officers and Council present at the hearing vote in favor of disciplinary action, the Secretary-Treasurer shall notify the member, within five days, of the disciplinary action to be taken by registered/certified mail.
The membership status of any person involved in a disciplinary hearing shall not be altered during the pendency of the proceedings.
Any member may withdraw from the Society after fulfilling all obligations and giving written notice of such intention to the Secretary-Treasurer. This notice shall be presented to the Officers and Council at the first meeting following its receipt. The Officers may accept or reject the resignation.
In the event of dissolution or final liquidation of the Society, all of its assets remaining after payment of its obligations have been made or provided for shall be distributed to and among such corporations, foundations, or other organizations operated exclusively for scientific and educational purposes consistent with those of the Society, and shall be designated by the Officers and Council.
All proposed amendments to the By-Laws must be signed by three voting members and submitted in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Society at least six months prior to the next Biennial Meeting.
The Secretary-Treasurer must notify the voting members by mail of the proposed amendment at least three months prior to the next Biennial Meeting.
A. a two-thirds affirmative vote of the voting members by secret ballot at the Biennial Meeting.
OSTEOTOMIES (eg. in craniosynostosis)