• Article 1: Name and Headquarters 
  • Article 2: Purpose of Association 
  • Article 3: Fund Raising 
  • Article 4: Members 
  • Article 5: Admission of Members 
  • Article 6: Termination of Membership 
  • Article 7: Rights of Members 
  • Article 8: Obligations of Members 
  • Article 9: Executive Bodies of Association 
  • Article 10: General Assembly of Members and its Task 
  • Article 11: General Assembly of Members and its Obligations 
  • Article 12: Board, Outside Representation 
  • Article 13: Election of Board 
  • Article 14: Committee of Board 
  • Article 15: Auditors 
  • Article 16: Settlement of Disputes out of Corporate Conditions 
  • Article 17: Dissolution of Association

Article 1: Name and Headquarters
The Association goes by the name of "International Association of Surgical Prosthetics and Epithetics" (IASPE), in German "Gesellschaft für Chirurgische Prothetik und Epithetik", its headquarters being located in Linz City. The Association is not aimed at obtaining profits. Any possible cooperate assets shall be used for covering the items as listed under article 2. The funds of the Association shall be used exclusively for the cooperate purposes as specified in the present Statute. In case of resignation from or dissolution or liquidation of the Association, none of its Members shall be entitled to lay any claims on the corporate assets. No individual shall be allowed to incur any administrative charges other than those relating to the purpose of the Association or to take advantage any excessive benefits.

Article 2: Purpose of Association
The Association is intended for scientific and practical promotion in the line of surgical prosthetics and epithetics. This goal shall be achieved by means of

  1. assemblies and other events 
  2. participation in meetings held by other societies including those established abroad 
  3. personal contacts and correspondents among members as well contacts between them and the Association. 
  4. personal contacts with local and foreign experts in related fields 
  5. support of research work in the specific field as well as in related branches.

Article 3: Fund Raising
The funds required for achieving the aforesaid goal shall be raised by:

  1. Membership fees 
  2. specific allocations 
  3. proceeds from events

Article 4: Members
The Society shall comprise associated, ordinary and honorary members.

  1. In principle, new members are admitted as associates to the Association. Any person working in the various branches of medicine and medical engineering can become an associate member provided that he or she pays the admission fee as well as the yearly membership fee, and provided also that he or she recognizes the purpose of the Society. 
  2. Each associated member may be appointed ordinary member at the earliest after a one-year membership. 
  3. Honorary membership shall be granted to outstanding personalities whose work has considerably promoted the progress in the field of our society.

Article 5: Admission of Members
Admission of an associate member is subject to an application to be submitted by the candidate. The application shall be presented to the Board. Should the aforesaid application be endorsed in writing by at least three Board Members, the same shall be passed on for deliberation by the next annual General Assembly. The candidate shall be considered admitted if his or her application is approved unanimously be secret balloting or if it is found that no more than two members of the Board have objected. Appointment of honorary members is subject to a unanimous decision to be taken by the annual General Assembly.

Article 6: Membership is terminated by

  1. death of member 
  2. voluntary resignation 
  3. Said resignation shall be presented in writing to the Board not later than 14 days prior to the annual General Assembly, and shall go into effect at the end of the respective year. 
  4. by cancellation
    Said cancellation shall be effected if a member has been in arrear on his membership fee by more than one year notwithstanding three reminders. The Society shall have the right to collect the fees which have become due until that date. 
  5. by exclusion
    The same shall be carried out if a proposal to that effect is approved by the General Assembly with a 2/3 majority. A proposal for exclusion may be handed in if a member causes damage to the Society by his or her behaviour or if he or she deliberately acts contrary to its purpose. A proposal for exclusion may be presented also in the event such adverse intention and the disparagement of the Society as well as of its members is proven.

Article 7: Rights of Members

  1. All members are entitled to take part in the events of the Society. 
  2. All ordinary and honorary members have the active right of voting. The passive right of voting is reserved to ordinary members only.

Article 8: Obligations of Members

  1. All members shall safeguard the interests of the Society, comply sit the Statute and, as far as possible, take advantage of their rights. 
  2. All members, including the associates, shall pay a yearly membership fee, the amount of which will be fixed by the annual General Assembly by a 2/3 majority for the following calendar year. 
  3. The members are committed to inform the Board on any professional changes, in particular appointments and changes of address. 
  4. In the event an ordinary member is appointed honorary member, his obligation to pay the membership fee is null and void. In case a member retires, the annual membership fee will be reduced to half the amount normally due. This does not affect the rights of the member.

Article 9: The Executive Bodies of the Association are

  1. the ordinary and extraordinary General Assembly of Members 
  2. the Board 
  3. the Committee of Organisation 
  4. the two auditors

Article 10: General Assembly of Members and its Task
An annual assembly of members shall take place at least once a year. The date of the same shall be intimated to each of the members not later than four weeks before. Extraordinary general assemblies shall be convened by the Board, for which purpose invitations shall be forwarded at least two weeks prior to the date as set. The invitations to the General Assembly shall also state the agenda. Proposals to the General Assembly must be received by the Board not later than 3 days before the date as fixed. Decisions shall be limited to the items as stated in the agenda, except for those requiring an extraordinary General Assembly. The ordinary General Assembly has a quorum already if attended by 1/3 of the members entitled to vote, it being understood that the term "participation" shall denote the following: Each member having the right to vote may represent another member not attending the Assembly but having the right to vote, provided that a hand-written mandate has been received by the General Assembly. In the event the General Assembly has no quorum, the said General Assembly shall take place 15 minutes later, the decision being valid regardless of the number of members taking part. The General Assembly of Members takes its decisions by simple majority. This does not apply to modifications and amendments to the Statute which require a 2/3 majority. Neither does this provision cover the items specified herein which are subject to a particular decision by majority.

 Article 11: General Assembly of Members and its Obligations
The General Assembly shall accept and deliberate on 

  1. the annual report of the President 
  2. the financial report of the Treasurer 
  3. the Auditor´s report as well as the discharge of individual Board members 
  4. elect the Board members and Auditors 
  5. deliberate on 
    1. the admission of members 
    2. the appointment of honorary members 
    3. applications 
    4. modifications and amendments to the Statute 
    5. the dissolution of the Association

Article 12: Board, Outside Representation
The Board consists of

  1. the President 
  2. the Vice-President 
  3. the Secretary-General 
  4. the Treasurer 
  5. the Secretary of Science 
  6. up to five councillors 
  7. the successor to the President upon expiry of the first half of the functional period

All functions are honorary.
The Board is committed to deal with regulations not covered by the activities to be carried out by the General Assembly. In urgent cases that do not allow any delays, the Board is entitled to take decisions that are normally up to the General Assembly of Members. The individual members shall be notified on such decisions. The consent by the members may be obtained in writing or on the occasion of the next General Assembly of Members by voting. This does not include the decisions as specified under article 11 sub-items d) and e). Votes of no confidence may be put forward against the Board of individual members thereof. Written proposal including their arguments must be signed by three members. Following such proposal as duly presented, the Board shall convene an extraordinary General Assembly in two weeks time. Once a proposal is approved, the new election shall take place immediately. The President represents the Society in public and chairs the assemblies. The President signs important documents, especially legally binding documents, together with the Secretary-General and/or the Secretary of Science. The President shall provide for the annual "International Symposium". The Secretary of Science is the head of the committee responsible for the selection of topics on the occasion of the annual Symposium, i. e. he is responsible for coordinating the programme with the President. He is also in charge of cooperating with the individual media, the public authorities, their representatives, political officials and of contacting other associations as well as maintaining existing relations with the same. Furthermore, he shall, together with the Secretary-General, convene the Board meetings and assemblies of members as well as the annual General Assemblies including the agenda in coordination with the President, and sign notifications on behalf of the Board. The Secretary of Science is responsible toward the President and other Board members. The Treasurer is solely entitled to sign up for current receipts and expenditures up to a sum of ATS 10,000.--, while any transactions exceeding that amount are subject to the consent on the part of the President or his deputy. In case of any disagreement within the Board, a decision shall be taken by simple majority. In the event of any parity of votes, it is up to the President to decide. The Board has a quorum if the President and half of the Board members are present. In urgent cases, a Board decision may be taken also by telephone calls.

Article 13: Election of Board
The Board is elected for a two-year period.
The election covers:

  1. the President 
  2. the Vice-President 
  3. the Secretary-General 
  4. the Treasurer 
  5. the Secretary of Science 
  6. up to five councillors 
  7. the successor to the Presidency

Sub-item 7.1
The successor to the Presidency is co-opted to the Board upon expiry of the first half of the mandate.
Sub-item 7.2
Co-optation to the Board does not depend on the number of coucillors elected; the successor to the Presidency as elected is therefore an extraordinary member of the Board and entitled to vote in the event of decisions to be taken by the Board.
Sub-item 7.3
The successor to be co-opted has an advisory function unless he is specifically empowerde by the President or liable to act in his function as determined by the Board.
Sub-item 7.4
The outgoing President completes the Symposium as organised by himself so that by day´s end he introduces to the participants the new President and officially his functions to him.
Since the Society is established in accordance with the Austrian law, at least 2/3 of the Board members must be Austrian nationals. Should any foreigner be elected President, his deputy must be Austrian and shall act as Executive President in Austria.

Article 14: Committee of Organization
The Committee of Organisation makes arrangements for the "International Symposium for Surgical Prosthetics and Epithetics". Arrangements to this effect are made by a local Committee. The Chairman of the Committee of Organisation is an extraordinary member of the Board. Non-members may also be hired as secretaries of the meeting. Their salary is determined on a preliminary basis by the Chairman of the Committee and voted upon by the General Assembly.

Article 15: Auditors
The two auditors are appointed for a two-year period by the annual General Assembly. They verify the financial report of the Treasurer who, in turn, undertakes to submit his annual report to the auditors.

Article 16: Settlement of Disputes out of Corporate Conditions
Any disputes arising out of the corporate provisions shall be subject to the ruling of the annual General Assembly. Each party shall appoint two representatives who are solely entitled to make their points to the Assembly. The members decide by simple majority. In case of any parity of votes, the decision shall be taken by the Board.

Article 17: Dissolution of Society
The dissolution of the Society first of all requires a proposal signed by more than 50 percent of the ordinary members. To begin with, the proposal is deliberated on by the Austrian members. In case a 2/3 majority is attained, the proposal goes through to the annual General Assembly. In this event a ¾ majority is required. Should no majority be obtained from the Austrian members, the proposal shall be deemed to be rejected. In case of dissolution, the assets of the Society shall be used for scientific purposes to be decided upon by the Assembly of Members.