STATUTES OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF PAEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDIC SOCIETIES
ARTICLE I. THE FEDERATION
The International Federation of the Paediatric Orthopaedic Societies (I.F.P.O.S) was officially founded on April 13, 1996, in Prague. The head office is located at the Santobono Hospital, Orthopaedic Department, Via Mario Fiore, Naples. The office could change address if so decided by the Board.
ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSES
The objectives of this Federation are to promote and to increase relations between paediatric orthopaedists around world. This will lead to the advancement of paediatric orthopaedics in clinical practice, scientific research, teaching and training for the diseases of the locomotor system during the growth period.
The purpose of IFPOS is to unite paediatric orthopaedics societies, associations, study groups and individual surgeons throughout the world.
IFPOS wishes also to coordinate the international scientific activities in this field.
IFPOS is also designed to assist national societies, study groups or individual surgeons in their efforts to develop paediatric orthopaedics.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1 - QUALIFICATIONS: All paediatric orthopaedic organizations can be grouped in this Federation. They can either be associations, societies or study groups. These organizations can be regional, national or supra-national.
SECTION 2 - INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP: Such regional, national or supra-national organizations or study groups will become members of IFPOS by application. They should be well established organizations and known for their contribution to paediatric orthopaedics. Their individual members will become members of IFPOS and participate in all its activities if they wish to do so.
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ARTICLE IV. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, ASSEMBLY OR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
A) BUSINESS ASSEMBLY is composed of the President, Vice President
Votes: in the Business Assembly, the national societies or groups are allowed to have one vote. The international societies as EPOS, POSNA, will have 3 votes.
B) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE is nominated by the Business Assembly. It is composed of:
The Executive Committee will be in charge of the Federation for a 3 years term.
The 12 members of the Executive Committee will be composed as follows:
C) GENERAL ASSEMBLY:
ARTICLE V. ACTIVITIES
The Executive Committee of the Federation shall hold its annual Board Meeting and Business Assembly at the time of one of the Meeting of one of the three main constitutive groups: AMERICA (including North and South America), ASIA/OCEANIA and EUROPE (including East and West Europe and Africa). The Federation shall hold its scientific meeting every 3 years rotating in these 3 areas; itâll be combined with the scientific meeting of the hosting region. The conditions and financial arrangements shall be negociated. If other groups are founded in the future, the Federation will have the same position face to them.
The Federation may scientifically support national or international meetings after consulting the Committee. In return, a report of the meeting will be sent to the Secretary.
The Executive Committee will nominate a Scientific Committee composed by 9 members, three of each area, in order to coordinate the various scientific activities of the Federation. A Chairman will be nominated among the members of this Scientific Committee.
ARTICLE VI. FUNDS
The funds of the Federation shall be derived from meetings as well as from any legacies, gifts or donations from representative organizations. Having no true source of income, the Society is considered to be without financial gain.
ARTICLE VII. OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
The official language for all activities of the Federation shall be English.