To achieve the maximal benefit and harmony of the society and the value of human, there is no discrimination of race, religion, and politic discrimination; and hereto, there is no relating proposal that will have negative effects on members’ benefit.
I. Name, Region, Objectives and Membership of the Association
- Article 1 - Name
- Under the name of the“Asia-Pacific Urogynecology Association (APUGA)”, an association to be governed by the Constitution is hereby established. The name of this organization shall be the “Asia-Pacific Urogynecology Association”, hereinafter referred to as “the Association”.
- Article 2 - Region
- Asia-Pacific area refers to countries in Asia and the Pacific Rim. Any association in this region and in the field of urodynamics, incontinence, female voiding dysfunction, neurourology and pelvic floor disorders can apply to join the Association. The Association shall be maintained in Taiwan and may have offices, either within or outside of Taiwan. The principle office of the Association for transaction of business of the Association can be in a different location and will be supervised by the Association’s Secretary-Treasurer.
- Article 3 - Objectives
The objectives of the Association are:
- to promote women’s health and the quality of health care in low urinary tract, pelvic floor and sexual functions and relating medical science. Hereto, the Associates shall provide but not limited to the following actions as combined to its resources;
- to promote/encourage interdisciplinary collaborations in basic and clinical/applied medical knowledge, research and specialty training in the field of Urogynecology and the functions of pelvic floor and sex in Asia-Pacific region;
- to encourage interdisciplinary communication and collaboration between societies around the world;
- to contribute to the standardization of terminology and evaluation of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the field of Urogynecology and urodynamics;
- to represent affiliated societies whenever joint scientific action is appropriate;
- to establish and maintain relations with other organizations and to promote activities which further expands the objectives of the Association;
- to improve the quality of care of female pelvic dysfunction in each/pan-Asian country.
- Article 4 - Duration and Languages
- The duration of the Association shall be unlimited. The official working language of the General Assembly, Executive Board and other committees shall be English.
- All languages used in member societies shall be considered of equal standing. Important documents and proceedings will normally be translated into the languages used in member societies. The member societies concerned shall be responsible for the translation.
- Article 5 - Membership
- Membership in the Association shall consist of regular and honorary members.
- The Membership of the Association shall include those societies or organized working groups in the Asia-Pacific region with an interest in Urogynecology, pelvic floor and sexual functions and their relating science. They must have a constitution, which conforms to the objectives as specified in Article 3 of the Association’s Constitution. Furthermore they must be non-profit making bodies and have a Constitution in accordance with their national laws.
- The privileges of voting and holding office shall be limited to one delegate nominated by each Society which holds membership of the Association.
- Applications for memberships shall be made to the President of the Association at least 3 months prior to the General Assembly of the Association.
- The following information should be submitted in the application for membership: constitution of the organization, composition of the Executive Board and names and addresses of members. Applications will be scrutinized by the Executive Board of the Association and submitted for permission to the Board of Trustees.
- Article 6 - Application for Membership
A society which was not affiliated with the Association at the time of its formation can apply to the Association for membership by:
- Submitting an application and the current membership list to the President of the Association together with a copy of its Constitution as stipulated in Article 5.
- Declaring its intention to abide by the Constitution of the Association.
- Undertakes to make financial contributions in such form and within such time limits as may be decided by the General Assembly.
- The Executive Board of the Association will first discuss the application and the Board of Trustees will make the decision. All decisions are final and the Board shall not be required to state the reason for its decision.
- Article 7 - Loss of Membership
Membership of the Association shall be lost after a vote by the Board for any of the following reasons:
- By voluntary withdrawal, subject to a period of notice to be fixed by the Bylaws (see Bylaw 1)
- By being in arrears or defaulting on the default in payment of contributions to the Association over a period of time to be fixed by the Bylaw (see Bylaw 2)
- In pursuance of a decision made by the Board of Trustees on the basis of a report made by the Executive Board. The decisions will be carried by complete majority of the Board of Trustees
- The name of an associated member will not be changed base on reasons of philosophical, religious, political or racial nature.
Any member society excluded from the Association may appeal to the Board of Trustees for reinstatement if the circumstances under which the suspension or exclusion took place no longer apply. The appeal must be made in writing to the Chairman of the Board with adequate documentation supporting the reasons for reinstatement.
II Dues, Contributions and Funds
- Article 8
- The Association is a non-profit making scientific association. At the discretion of the Executive Board and after due approval by the Board of Trustees, member Societies have to pay annual dues. The amount of which is specified by the Board of Trustees after proposal by the Executive Board and laid down in the By-Laws (See By-Law 3).
- Default in the payment of annual subscriptions for a period exceeding three years will result in the societies concerned immediately losing their voting rights at the Board of Trustees and the right to participate in the Executive Board. Restoration of voting rights will become effective on resumption of payment of contributions and settlement of arrears as set out in Article 7.
- The Association may accept funds such as contributions, grants or donations from institutions, foundations and other sources for the purpose of promoting the objectives of the Association.
- The finances of the Association shall be used exclusively to promote the objectives set out in Article 3, and for the proper management of the administrative expenses of the Association.
- In the event of dissolution of the Association, all funds then remaining after due provision for outstanding obligations shall be donated for the promotion of research and education in the field of Urogynecology, pelvic floor and sexual functions and their relating science.
- The Association shall not assume any financial responsibility in the organization of national or international congresses or courses. The host member society is required to deliver ten percent of the registration fee and ten percent of the net profit, if any, of the annual or regional meeting of APUGA to the Association.
III. Organization and Management
- Article 9 - Organizational structure
The organizational structure of the Association consists of:
a. The General Assembly
b. The Executive Board
c. The Board of Trustees
- Article 10 - General Assembly
- The General Assembly is the supreme authority of the Association. It shall be composed of delegates from each affiliated society or association and the members of the Executive Board.
- Article 11 - Meetings of the General Assembly
- The General Assembly shall meet in regular session on the occasion of each Annual Congress organized by the Association.
- The agenda of the General Assembly shall be drawn up by the Executive Board.
- Member societies may submit items for the agenda in writing to The President. The President shall be responsible for distribution of the final agenda to the member societies before the General Assembly.
- The President of the Association shall act as Chairman of the General Assembly and the Officers of the Association shall be the Officers of the General Assembly.
- Article 12 - Functions of the General Assembly
- The General Assembly shall receive reports of the Executive Board and the general activities of the Association. These shall be distributed to the member societies together with the agenda.
- The Executive Board shall have the responsibility of reporting any decisions made by board members to the General Assembly regarding the election of Officers, membership of the Executive Board and the Chairmanship and membership of the next Association Committees.
- Article 13 - The Executive Board
The Executive Board shall consist of five Officers, the President, the Vice-President, the Past-President, the Secretary General and the Treasurer, and the Chairman of Board of Trustee.
The Executive Board shall be elected at Board meeting every two years. The Officers shall serve for a maximum period of 4 years.
The President shall be nominated and elected by the Board of Trustee and shall take office for a term of two years and may be eligible for re-election, but the maximum period of serving shall not exceed but inclusive of four years.
In the event of the President not being able to continue in office, the President-elect shall succeed and serve until the next General Assembly.
The Vice-President and the Treasurer shall serve for a term of two years. They shall be eligible for re-election for the same office.
Powers of the Executive Board
The Executive Board may, when necessary, exercise the power of the Board of Trustees during the interim period. Decision by the Executive Board may be made by a majority, thereof, of the Committee, and such decisions may be made by any form of communication, including the telephonic, between members thereof, without the necessity of a meeting, All decisions made by the Executive Board shall be minuted in writing and distributed to the Board of Trustees for their approval. The Executive Board will serve as the Finance committee and the Membership Committee.
The Executive Board shall be responsible for
- the management of the affairs of the Association;
- the organization of annual congresses, regional and other scientific meetings;
- the establishment of the annual budget and the use of any available funds. The Executive Board shall determine the actions and expenditures necessary to achieve the objectives of the Association;
- the submission to the General Assembly of proposals for the establishment of standing and ad hoc committees necessary for the activities of the Association. The Executive Board shall receive reports from these committees.
- the preparation of the agenda for the General Assembly.
- the existence of the adherence to special ethical guidelines for the relationship between the Association and related industry. These guidelines shall be prepared by the Executive Board and a copy shall be kept by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
- ensuring that the Articles of the Constitution are adhered to correctly;
- The Executive Board shall have the power to co-opt up to a maximum of four persons who may contribute substantially to the work of the Board. These members shall serve for a maximum of four years and shall not have voting rights.
- Article 14 - The Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees shall consist of a total of seven to nine representatives including the Nominating Committee that consists of three members, two from the original founding members, namely, from The Foundation for Women’s Health and Urogynecology of Taiwan (FWHUT) and the other from Taiwan Urogynecology Association (TUGA). The Nominating Committee will invite the third representative from member societies to its own committee. The Nominating Committee nominates two board members from FWHUT and one board member from TUGA to stand in the board committee. The rest of the board members are nominated from each society and approved by the chairman of trustees. Each society would not have more than one board member, except for the Board Members appointed directly from the founders, who is nominated from Nominating Committee.
To ensure perseverance and continuity in the operation of the Association at the initial period, the initial trustee representatives will serve for the starting 3 years (until the year 2017).
The following terms of 4-6 representatives from each country shall be nominated and invited by The Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees shall be re-elected every three years after 2022 with at least half of the Board representatives.
Duty of the Board of Trustees
- The Chairman of Board of Trustees (BOT) shall be a member of the Executive Board with full voting privileges.
- The Chairman of Board of Trustees shall be responsible for the management of the Association.
- The Chairman of Board of Trustees shall be an ex-official member of the Board of Trustees and all committees.
- In the event of sudden vacancy arising from the position of the Chairman, the Board of Trustees reserves the right to elect a new Chairman from the members of The Board of Trustees.
- The Board of Trustees will serve to give guidance and advice to the Executive Board.
- The Board of Trustees will oversee the conduct and discipline of the General Assembly and the Executive Board.
- The Board of Trustees will audit the accounts of the Association and chair any disciplinary matters. It aims to encourage renewal of members to the Executive Board and the BOT.
- The Board of Trustees will determine the organization of the annual meeting through its relevant committees.
- The Board of Trustees reserves the right of electing and deposing the President and the Vice President.
- The Board of Trustees should draft yearly event calendar, report, budget, and a final statement.
- The Board of Trustees will nominate the President Candidates of Executive Board through the Nominating Committee.
- The applications of new member societies should be approved by the Board of Trustees.
- The recognized APUGA training centers will be issued training certifications from the Board of Trustees.
- Representing the Association
- The President shall perform all duties usually associated with the office of Chairman of Trustees including the appointment and direction of all committees authorized by the Board of Trustees.
- The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Association, and convene the International Meeting.
- Article 15 - Responsibility of third parties
- In respect of all acts involving third parties, the Association shall be validly represented by its Chairman or by one or more representatives duly appointed to that effect by the Executive Board. The Chairman may choose to delegate other Officers of the Executive Board the responsibility to represent the interests of the Association.
- Article 16 - Honorary Membership
- The Association will, from time to time, honor individuals with outstanding and significant contributions to Urogynecology and its relating medical science by election to Honorary Membership of the Association on the advice of the Executive Board. The number of election to Honorary Membership shall be limited to two each year. Proposals for candidature of Honorary Membership should be forwarded in writing with adequate documentation to the President at least six months before the Executive Board where the decision may be taken.
IV. Amendments to the Constitution and Dissolution of the Association
- Article 17 - Amendments to the Constitution
Any proposal for amendment to this Constitution must be submitted to the Executive Board at least three months before it meets. The proposal must come from the Executive Board or from at least one quarter of the member Societies.
In no case shall the Constitution be amended unless the amendment was adopted by two-thirds majority of the Board of Trustees.
- Article 18 - Administration
- The Association shall be organized and administered according to the Constitution and Bylaw. The Bylaw may be added to, amended, altered or repeated by the Association at a General Assembly as prescribed.
- Article 19 - Dissolution of the Association
- A decision to dissolve the Association shall be taken by the Board of Trustees at a special meeting called for that purpose. The meeting must be composed of at least two thirds of all votes allotted to the member Societies. Should this quorum not be reached, the General Assembly shall be reconvened within 12 months. This subsequent the Board of Trustees may make a valid decision irrespective of the number of votes represented at the meeting. In no case may the Association be dissolved unless agreed to by a simple majority of the votes represented at the Board of Trustees and complete majority of the Executive Board. This was summoned to take the decision.
- In the event of the Association being dissolved under the above provision, or as a result of a legal or judicial process, the General Assembly shall appoint two or more commissioners charged with the liquidation of shall be final only after approval of the liquidation accounts by the member Societies which shall be consulted in writing. The decision must be agreed to by a simple majority at the Board of Trustees.
- After payment of any debts, the net assets of the Association shall be distributed to non-profit associations of a medical, educational or charitable nature at the discretion of the Executive Board.
- Article 20 - Approval of Bylaw
- The Bylaw of the Association shall be drawn up by the Executive Board and submitted for approval by the Board of Trustees.
- 1. Withdrawal of Membership
- Pursuant to Article 6, notice of withdrawal of membership of the Association shall be given to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at least six months before the forthcoming General Assembly. Withdrawal shall become effective only from the date of the General Assembly when the matter is decided. Contributions up to that date shall be paid.
- 2. Loss of membership
- Pursuant to Article 6, loss of membership by default in the payment of subscriptions will be determined when arrears of the contributions are outstanding three full years after the first notice has been received from the Treasurer.
- 3. Subscription fees
- There will be no annual subscription fees till 2015.Thereafter, the fees structure shall be determined by the Board of Trustees. The member Societies shall pay an annual membership fee no later than July 1st of each year. If the transfer of foreign currency is not feasible, the annual fees may be deposited in an official bank in the member Society’s country. Such money must be accessible to the Association.
- 4. Auditing Body
The Executive Board shall appoint an accountant to audit the accounts of the Association. It shall also appoint an Auditing Sub-Committee consisting of three members, none of whom shall be an Executive Officer or a member of the Executive Board. This sub-committee shall serve for a period of three years.
The Treasurer shall ensure that the relevant documents are made available to the authorized auditor not less than three months before the General Assembly and the audit report shall be available to the Auditing Sub-Committee not less than six weeks before the General Assembly.
The appointed sub-committee shall present a written report to the General Assembly on their findings and recommendations.
The fiscal year shall run from 1st January to 31st December.