Constitution and Bylaws of the Arab Division of IAP
Article I - NAME
This Society shall be called the Arab Division of the IAP.
Article II - OBJECTIVES
The aim of the society shall be the advancement of pathology through:
Promotion of communication between pathologists in the Arab region in particular and pathologists worldwide.
Coordination with allied sciences.
Encouraging research in pathology and pathologic techniques.
Publication of journals and reports for dissemination of scientific work in the different fields of pathology, both on the regional and international levels.
Holding meetings and congresses for exchange of scientific information and ideas.
Promoting teaching of pathology at the undergraduate level and postgraduate education to pathologists and other members of the medical and paramedical professions.
Article III - MEMBERSHIP
Membership shall be international in scope and shall consist of the following categories: active members, junior members, associate members, emeritus members and honorary members. These classes shall be defined in the Bylaws.
Election to active, junior and associate membership shall be by approval of the Executive Committee of an application by a candidate, accompanied by letters of recommendation by two active members of the Division or a Councilor of the home country. Election to honorary membership shall be by approval of the International Council upon written recommendation from the Division. Any person elected to any class of membership by the Division automatically shall be a member of the same classification concurrently in the Academy.
Article IV - Officers, Division Council and Executive Committee
The Officers shall be a President, a President Elect, a Secretary and a Treasurer. One person may hold the offices of Secretary and of Treasurer at the same time and shall, when this occurs, be known as Secretary-Treasurer.
Division Council: The Division Council shall be composed of the Officers, the
Immediate Past President, and Councilors from each Arab Country represented in the Division.
The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers and the Past President. The Executive Committee shall have the power to act for the Division Council when the latter is not in session.
Article V - TRANSACTION OF BUSINESS
A quorum of the Executive Committee shall consist of three (3)
officers, provided all Executive Committee members have been notified
no less than thirty days or have waived such notice and time of notice by
an instrument in writing.
A quorum at a business meeting of the Division Council shall consist of
half the number of Executive Committee and Council members plus one.
A quorum at a general business meeting of the Division shall consist
of the members present, of whom at least three (3) shall be officers
and ten (10) Councilors.
The Secretary shall maintain a central point for the transactions of the
Division and shall coordinate its activities.
All meetings of the Council shall be conducted in accordance with Roberts
Rules of Order Revised, Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Edition.
Article VI - AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
Any member of the Division can submit a proposal for amendment of the Constitution and Bylaws. Amendments shall be submitted to the Secretary in writing for consideration by the Executive Committee. The proposed amendment and the recommendation of the Executive Committee shall be submitted to the Council either at the business meeting or by correspondence. If approved by the Council, it will be submitted to the general membership either at the business meeting or by correspondence. A two-third majority of vote of the members of the Division voting thereon by ballot on form to be prepared by the Secretary together with a copy of the substance of the proposed amendment. The ballot shall be mailed to each member eligible to vote and be returned to the Secretary not later than sixty (60) days after being mailed by the Secretary. Upon its final approval, the amendment will be reported to the International Council of IAP.
Article VII- MISCELLANEOUS
The Constitution and Bylaws of this Division shall not, in any of its articles,
contradict the general rules and regulations laid down in the Constitution
and Bylaws of the International Academy of Pathology, Inc.
No part of the net earnings of the Division shall inure to the benefit of or be
distributable to its members, officers, or other private persons, except that the
Division shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensations
for services rendered to it and to make payments and distributions in promoting
the objectives set forth in Article II.
Upon the dissolution of the Division, the Council shall after paying or making
provisions for the payment of all liabilities of the Division dispose of all of assets of the Division to the I.A.P. In case the I.A.P. has been dissolved, the assets will
be disposed to charitable organizations and/or scientific societies.
Article I - MEMBERSHIP
Active members shall normally consist of (a) those who hold the degree of Doctor of Medicine, M.B.Ch.B. or their international equivalent and are following a career in pathology, or (b) graduates in veterinary or dental surgery or doctors in allied biological sciences who have demonstrated an interest in pathology.
Junior members shall consist of those who hold the degree of Doctor of Medicine, M.B.Ch.B or their international equivalent, and who are actively engaged in formal training in Pathology. Junior membership shall be limited to the period of formal training, not to exceed five (5) years, at which time this membership shall automatically terminate.
Associate members shall consist of those who hold the degree of Doctor of Medicine, or M.B.Ch.B. or its international equivalent, who are not engaged in pathology or an allied biologic sciences, but who have demonstrated an active interest in pathology or an allied biologic science, all as shall be determined by the Executive Committee.
Persons distinguished for eminent services to medicine and especially to the cause of pathology and to this Division may be elected as Honorary members by the Executive Committee. Honorary members shall be exempt from membership fees.
Emeritus members shall consist of those in good standing in the Division and who have attained the age of 65 or who have retired from the medical profession. Emeritus member shall be exempt of membership fees.
The annual membership dues of the Division, as determined by the Executive Committee, shall be payable in advance to the Treasurer. Members delinquent in payment of dues for two consecutive years may be dropped from membership at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
Junior and Associate Members shall pay nominal dues determined by
the Executive Committee. Honorary and Emeritus Members will be
exempt from dues.
Continuation of membership of the Division by persons residing outside the Arab World for more than two years will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
Pathologists residing outside the Arab World are eligible to become active members of the Division upon the approval of the Executive Committee and provided they pay the membership dues.
Article II - OFFICERS, AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The term of the offices of the President and the President-Elect shall be two years. The term of the offices of the Secretary and Treasurer shall be four years and they shall be eligible for re-election.
Should any office other than that of President or that of President-elect become vacant, the office shall be filled by the Executive Committee for the remainder of the term. If the office of President shall become vacant, the President-elect shall thereupon become President completing the unexpired term of the President as well as serving the following two-year term as President.
President : The President shall preside over regular business meetings and will serve as a Chairperson of the Executive Committee and of the Council. The President shall appoint and charge all individuals and committees as specified in the Bylaws. The President shall be responsible for the organization of the agenda for meetings of the Executive Committee and the Council, and for the annual business meetings. The President shall perform all duties usually incident to the office of President and such as other duties as may be assigned to the President by the Division Council.
President Elect: The President-Elect shall perform any and all duties assigned by the President or by the Division Council. In the absence or incapacity of the President, the President-Elect shall perform the duties of the President.
Secretary: The Secretary shall be responsible for any over-all communications with members of the Division in addition to the other duties usually pertaining to that office. The Secretary shall keep minutes of the meetings of the Executive Committee, the Council and the general business meeting. These minutes shall reflect accurately all matters discussed and decisions made and shall be subject to approval by the President within not more than thirty (30) days following such meetings. In coordination with the President, the Secretary shall be responsible to submit reports of all scientific and business activities to the International Council through the Secretary of the I.A.P.
Treasurer: The Treasurer shall perform all duties usually incident to the office of Treasurer and such duties as may be assigned by the President or by the Division Council. The Treasurer shall oversee the funds of the Division, its financial policies and the preparation of an annual budget for approval by the Division Council. The Treasurer shall also provide a complete financial report at the annual general business meeting.
Duties of Officers and Division Council
Division Council: The Division Council shall govern the activities of the Division, shall be responsible for its fiscal viability and shall be responsible to establish the policies with reference to which the business of the Division is conducted. Such policies shall be consistent with the stated purposes of the Division. The duties of the Council shall include ratification of all contracted arrangements made by the Executive Committee and ratification of annual reports of the officers and all committees.
The number of the Counsilors shall be determined by a resolution of the Division Council and approval of the general membership. In the absence of contrary resolution, the number of Counsilors shall be one from each Arab Country represented in the Division. An Arab country is defined by its membership in the League of Arab Countries. The Counsilor shall be elected by the Division members in each country through the local pathology society. In the absence of a local society, the Council may appoint representatives of these countries, not to exceed one Councilor per each country. Each country will also nominate an alternate representative to serve on the Council should the Council member is unable to attend the annual meeting.
The Council shall have power to co-opt any member of the Division to attend the Council Meeting but the co-opted member shall not have the power to vote.
Term : The term of the Counsilor shall be two years. A Councilor is eligible
for reelection for one consecutive term.
Annual Meeting : There shall be an annual meeting of the Council prior to the annual business meeting of the general membership. No notice thereof shall be required.
Qorum : A quorum at a business meeting shall consist of half the number of Executive Committee and Council members plus one. The vote of a simple majority at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Council.
Removal of Councilors : Any counsilor elected by the local Society's members may be removed by the Council whenever, in the judgment of the councilors, the best interest of the Division will be served thereby.
Vacancies : Any vacancy occurring in the Council may be filled by appointment by the President of the Division. A counsilor appointed or elected to fill a vacancy shall serve for the unexpired term of his predecessor in office but shall remain eligible for election to a full term.