Policies and Procedures

SECTION 1 – IFMBE LOGO

The IFMBE logo is a registered trademark owned by the IFMBE. Any form of use of the logo must be submitted for approval and any form of use which has not received such approval shall be considered as unauthorized use of the logo.

1.1 Incorporation the IFMBE Logo into Another Design

Upon approval by the IFMBE President, the IFMBE logo may be incorporated in the design of awards or for similar purposes, provided that the total logo is used without modifications.

1.2 Use in Conference Announcements and Publications

Conferences meeting the requirements in section 2.1 and 2.2 may display the IFMBE logo in their announcements or publications.

SECTION 2 – CONFERENCES

This section delineates the role of IFMBE in conferences, defines the requirements for managing a conference sponsored by IFMBE and provides guidelines for partnership in conferences organized by other organizations. These include conferences whose purpose is to promote the mission of IFMBE.

2.1 Sponsorship

IFMBE may sponsor conferences that are consistent with the mission and bylaws of the organization. The term “conference” in this section refers to conference, meeting, workshop or symposium.

Sponsorship indicates complete responsibility for technical, financial and administrative elements of the conference. In the technical area, IFMBE will plan the scope of the program, plan the sessions, organize panel discussions, invite special speakers and review and select contributed papers. In the financial area, IFMBE will prepare the conference budget, monitor the financial affairs and prepare the final financial report. IFMBE will be responsible for local arrangements, publicity, public relations and publications. IFMBE sponsored conferences are financially accountable to the IFMBE Administrative Council.

2.2 Conference Affiliations

IFMBE may be affiliated with conferences of its national society members or conferences of non-IFMBE organizations and entities that have substantial and continuing interest in the field of Medical and Biological Engineering. In all cases, the conference objectives must be consistent with the mission and bylaws of IFMBE. Prior to final IFMBE approval, notification will be given to the Chair of the National Secretaries Council on any pending request for co­sponsorship, cooperation or endorsement. The Chair will circulate the request to member organizations for response within thirty days, should they wish. The Administrative Council shall appoint one of its members or its designee to function in a liaison capacity with the conference organizers in order to provide close communication between the federation and the conference.

Types of conference affiliation:

2.2.1 Co-Sponsorship

Co-sponsorship indicates a shared significant involvement in the financial, technical, publicity and administrative elements of the conference as defined under sponsorship. Financial involvement may be either in the form of a loan and/or a grant to the conference. In either case, a portion of the conference surplus is to be shared with IFMBE. The portion to be shared is to be negotiated prior to approval of the co-sponsorship. Co-sponsorship must be approved by the Administrative Council at its regular meeting in time to be incorporated into the annual budget of the Federation for the coming year. A request for co-sponsorship must be accompanied by a list of conference officers and the conference budget. In addition to the individual functioning in a liaison capacity, the IFMBE shall have a representative on the Conference Budget Committee (see section 2.4.3)

All conference announcements and publications must include a statement acknowledging IFMBE’s co-sponsorship. Local or regional co-sponsored conferences must include participation by the local national society holding membership in IFMBE.

2.2.2 Cooperation

Cooperation indicates direct involvement in the organization of the technical program and encouraging members to submit papers and to attend the conference. Cooperation by IFMBE entails no financial involvement in the conference. The president is authorized to approve the cooperation of IFMBE with the conference. All such actions must be reported to the IFMBE Administrative Council at its following meeting.

All conference announcements and publications must include a statement acknowledging IFMBE’s cooperation. Local or regional conferences which are in cooperation with IFMBE must include participation by the local national society holding membership in IFMBE

2.3 Endorsement

IFMBE may provide endorsement for conferences. Endorsement indicates that IFMBE approves the conference and its objectives but has neither financial involvement in the conference nor direct involvement in the organization of the conference or its technical program. Endorsement by IFMBE may be used to publicize the conference and to help solicit financial support. The president is authorized to provide endorsement. All such actions must be reported to the IFMBE Administrative Council at its following meeting.

SECTION 3 – CONFERENCE FINANCES AND ADMINISTRATION

3.1 Financial Arrangements for Co-sponsored Conferences

This section provides guidelines for financial and administrative arrangements between the IFMBE and conferences co-sponsored by the Federation. The term conference in this section refers to conference, meeting, workshop, symposium, or other professional or educational event. The term Federation refers to the IFMBE. This section delineates the financially related responsibilities and obligations of an entity organizing a conference, which is co-sponsored by the IFMBE and outlines several possible financial models that can be adopted. The objective is to encourage financial responsibility and to ensure financial viability of the conference. A secondary objective is to create financial surplus for the entity organizing the conference and for the IFMBE. The share of surplus to be retained by the IFMBE shall be commensurate with the level of the Federation’s potential financial exposure. At the same time, however, any arrangement must strive to minimize the financial risk to the IFMBE.

 

3.1.1 Approval of conference budget

Co-sponsored conferences with a budget exceeding $100,000 (US) must have their budget approved by the IFMBE Administration Council. The budget shall be submitted to the Administration Council for approval at its regular meeting in time to be incorporated into the annual budget of the Federation for the coming year. If the budget of the conference is less than $100,000 and the fiscal exposure of IFMBE is minimal, approval may be obtained from the Conference Committee, except in such cases where the IFMBE is providing a loan to the conference.

 

3.1.2 Budget expectation

The conference budget must be based on a non-deficit expectation. It shall include a projected surplus of approximately 15-20% of the total conference budget.

 

3.1.3 Financial reporting

For the last six months leading to the conference, monthly financial statements will be made available to the IFMBE Finance and Conference Committees. A final financial report is due no later than 90 days after the conclusion of the conference if the conference budget is less than $250,000 US and no later than 12 months after the conclusion of the conference if the budget is more than $250,000 US, to allow time for a professional audit.

 

3.1.4 Pre-conference loan

Co-Sponsored conferences may receive an interest-free loan to enable the organizing entity to launch the conference. A loan must be repaid in full no later than 180 days after the conclusion of the conference.

 

3.1.5 Financial obligations

For conferences initiated by the IFMBE, a percentage of the income derived from registration fees shall be retained by the Federation. A conference receiving a loan from the IFMBE shall also return a percentage of the conference surplus to the Federation. The fraction of the surplus to be returned to the Federation is to be negotiated and agreed upon before the conference budget is approved by the Administration Council.

 

3.1.6 Conference surplus

Conferences co-sponsored by the IFMBE shall return to the Federation a portion of the conference surplus. That portion can be either a percentage of the surplus in proportion to the financial stake in the conference by the IFMBE, a fixed amount of money, or a combination of a fixed amount of money plus a percentage of the surplus. The formula is to be negotiated and agreed upon before the conference budget is approved by the Administration Council.

 

3.1.7 Registration fee structure

Conferences co-sponsored by the IFMBE shall charge members of IFMBE affiliated organizations at least 25% lower registration fee than that charged to registrants who are not members of an IFMBE affiliated entity or the co-sponsoring entity.

 

3.1.8 Conference audit

All conferences co-sponsored by the IFMBE must be audited if their budget is in excess of $100,000. If the budget is between $100,000 and $250,000, the audit can be performed by a suitably qualified volunteer. The volunteer must not be part of the conference organization. If the budget exceeds $250,000, the audit must be performed by a professional audit firm. The cost of the audit shall be included in the conference budget.

3.2 Conference Administration

3.2.1 Membership on Conference Finance Committee

Conferences co-sponsored by the IFMBE shall include on the Conference Budget Committee either a member of the IFMBE Conference Committee, its designee or a designee of the Administration Council.

 

3.2.2 Promotional material

Conferences co-sponsored by the IFMBE shall submit all promotional material for approval by the IFMBE conference committee or another body designated by the Administration Council.

 

3.2.3 Copyright of conference digest

For conferences initiated by the IFMBE, all copyrights shall be the property of the Federation. For conferences that are co-sponsored by the IFMBE, the Federation shall participate in the income derived from the publication of the conference digest and also receive an agreed upon number of free copies of the digest.

3.3 Special Allotments

This section lists special free arrangements that are expected of conferences co-sponsored by the IFMBE.

 

3.3.1 Complimentary hotel rooms and air transportation

Conferences co-sponsored by the IFMBE which receive complimentary hotel rooms and/or air transportation, shall allocate to the IFMBE a share of the complimentary benefits in proportion to the financial stake by the Federation.

 

3.3.2 Function rooms

Conferences co-sponsored by the IFMBE shall provide the Federation complimentary rooms for holding meetings of administrative nature such as council, committees, general assembly, office space for equipment and/or social functions. These meetings can take place just prior to, during, or just following the conference.

 

3.3.3 Booth space

Conferences co-sponsored by the IFMBE shall receive adequate complimentary exhibit space for promotion, information dissemination and/or recruitment purposes.

 

3.3.4 Official ceremonies

Conferences co-sponsored by the IFMBE shall allocate time in the opening and closing ceremonies for addresses by the IFMBE president or his/her designee.

 

3.3.5 Awards

If necessary, conferences co-sponsored by the IFMBE shall provide time during the closing ceremonies or during a special awards ceremony for the presentation of IFMBE awards.

3.4 Other Provisions

3.4.1 Conference Cancellation

In the event that a conference being co-sponsored by the IFMBE is considered for either postponement or cancellation, the conference chair/s shall advise the IFMBE Secretary-General of the intention to initiate such postponement or cancellation. The request shall include a financial statement from the conference budget committee detailing expenses incurred thus far and expenses still to be incurred. An appropriate course of action will then be established by the IFMBE Officers, in consultation with the conference chair/s, conference organizing committee and conference budget committee. In the case of cancellation, a financial report from the conference budget committee will be due 60 days after the decision to cancel the conference is taken.

 

3.4.2 Benefit/risk Assessment

The IFMBE shall perform a risk-benefit assessment prior to entering into co-sponsorship of a conference. This assessment shall be used to guide decisions relating to the nature and degree of IFMBE support. This approach is particularly useful for conferences which are strategically desirable, yet financially risky; for example, co-sponsorship of an event in a developing country, particularly if other sources of support may not be available or may not materialize. In such situations, the decision may be taken to proceed with IFMBE support if the risks have been identified and quantified and the potential benefits outweigh the risks involved.

 

3.4.3 Conference Insurance

The IFMBE strongly recommends that conferences co-sponsored by IFMBE shall include conference insurance coverage in their budget. Such insurance would provide protection against a financial loss in the event a conference is canceled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.

SECTION 4 – AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

The IFMBE shall recognize individuals who make exceptional contributions to the field of medical and biological engineering or provide outstanding service to the profession and to the IFMBE. The IFMBE encourages the formation of nominating committees in geographical regions, specialized divisions, working groups and technical working entities to recognize such individuals and forward their names to the appropriate committee for consideration.

The committees shall nominate for recognition by the IFMBE individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in research, education or services for the benefit of the profession; made significant enhancements to the interests and activities of the Federation or the profession; or effected extraordinary accomplishments that enhance health and quality of life for all people around the world. A nomination shall include a curriculum vitae with a detailed proposal addressing the criteria for the award.

All awards shall be coordinated by an IFMBE Awards Committee. The chair of the Awards Committee shall be a member of the Administrative Council, selected by the Administrative Council at its regular meeting. Members of the committee shall be appointed by the Chair from among the membership of the IFMBE’s constituent organizations. The Committee responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to reviewing proposals for new awards and reporting their decision and recommendation to the Administrative Council for the Council’s Decision. The Committee shall also be responsible for appropriate scheduling and for assisting in seeking funds for the awards. The establishment of an award requires the approval of the Administrative Council by a majority vote.

Once an award has been established, the President shall appoint a chair of a committee to manage the award. Members of the committee shall be appointed by the Chair from among the membership of the IFMBE’s constituent organizations. The committee shall be responsible for soliciting and evaluating nominations and recommending the recipient(s) to the Administrative Council.

Final approval of all award recipients shall be the responsibility of the Administrative Council. Approval shall be by a majority vote of voting members attending the regular meeting of the Council or, if a mail ballot is used, by a majority of members who vote within the allotted time.

4.1 IUPESM Merit Award

The IUPESM confers two Merit Awards to recognize a medical physicist and a biomedical engineer.

The IUPESM bylaws delineate the procedure for this award. This section describes the portions applicable to the IFMBE.

 

4.1.1 Title

The award shall be called the IUPESM Award of Merit and shall consist of a plaque and expenses to travel to the World Congress to present an address (not to exceed $2,000. US).

 

4.1.2 Reason

The Award is to recognize a Biomedical Engineer who has established a distinguished career in Biomedical Engineering.

 

4.1.3 Criteria

The primary criteria for nominating an Awardee are

– The nominee should have exerted a significant impact upon the science and scientific practice of Biomedical Engineering,
– The nominee has significantly influenced the development of the profession of Biomedical Engineering,

-The nominees’ activities in national and/or international organization for Biomedical Engineering have been meritorious.

 

4.1.4 Nominations

Nominations may be made by IUPESM or IFMBE

A Curriculum Vitae is to be submitted together with the proposal with special attention to the criteria under 4.1.3.
Nominations have to be submitted to the Chairman of the Merit Award Committee, at least 12 months prior to the next World Congress.

 

4.1.5 Committees

The Award Committee shall consist of two subcommittees chaired by the Vice President of the IUPESM

Each subcommittee shall consist of 3 representatives of each member organisation.

Each member shall have one vote, except for the Chairman who votes only to break a tie.

 

4.1.6 Selection

Each Award Subcommittee selects one Awardee for submission to the President of the IUPESM. This selection is to be submitted 6 months prior to the forthcoming World Congress.

 

4.1.7 Presentation

The IUPESM Awards of Merit will be awarded on the occasion of the forthcoming World Congress. The Awardees shall be notified by the President of the IUPESM at least 4 months prior to the Congress.

 

4.1.8 Financial

The IFMBE, IOMP and the IUPESM and the organisers of the World Congress will provide reasonable financial support for the participation of the Awardees in the Congress.

4.2 Otto Schmitt Award

4.2.1 Description

For exceptional contributions to the advancement of the field of medical and biological engineering.

 

4.2.2 Eligibility

Must be a member of an IFMBE affiliated organization.

 

4.2.3 Prize

Plaque, Travel funds to attend the World Congress.

 

4.2.4 Schmitt Committee Chair

Appointed by the President.

 

4.2.5 Schmitt committee

At least 4 additional members selected by the Chair from the membership of the IFMBE’s constituent organizations.

 

4.2.6 Schedule

Nominations due to the Otto Schmitt Committee by December 1 of the year preceding the World Congress.

 

4.2.7 Selection criteria

Innovation, Leadership, Seminal contributions to medical and biological engineering.

 

4.2.8 Presentation of award

Presentations at the IUPESM Congress. Additional presentations at regional events are recommended but no additional funds will be allocated.

 

4.2.9 Publicity

In IFMBE publications, in publication of affiliated societies and other, as appropriate.

4.3 Vladimir K. Zworykin Award

4.3.1 Description

For outstanding research contributions in the field of Medical and Biological Engineering.

 

4.3.2 Eligibility

Must be a member of an IFMBE affiliated organization.

 

4.3.3 Prize

Plaque, Travel funds to attend the World Congress.

 

4.3.4 Zworykin Committee Chair

Appointed by the President.

 

4.3.5 Zworykin committee

At least 4 additional members selected by the Chair from the membership of the IFMBE’s constituent organizations.

 

4.3.6 Schedule

Nominations due to the Vladimir Zworykin Committee by December 1 of the year preceding the World Congress.

 

4.3.7 Selection criteria

Innovation, outstanding research contributions to medical and biological engineering.

 

4.3.8 Presentation of award

Presentations at the IUPESM Congress. Additional presentations at regional events are recommended but no additional funds will be allocated.

 

4.3.9 Publicity

In IFMBE publications, in publication of affiliated societies and other, as appropriate.

4.4 Fellow, International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering

The International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (The Academy) is an individual member organization of the IFMBE. Its purpose and operation are defined by its Bylaws.

 

4.4.1 Membership

There are two categories of membership in the Academy: Fellow and Fellow Emeritus.

 

4.4.2 Election to the Academy

Fellows shall be persons who have distinguished themselves in the field of medical and biological engineering. A person shall be qualified to be a candidate for Fellow who has made identifiable contributions in one or both of the following categories:

Important contributions to the theory or practice of medical and biological engineering.
Demonstration of unusual accomplishment in promoting the field of medical and biological engineering.

Fellows shall have participated in and contributed to education and academe, industry, government, and/or health care. Technical and professional interests of the Fellows should reflect the diversity of the field of medical and biological engineering. Fellows shall be appropriately representative of all the member societies of IFMBE.

 

4.4.3 Nominations

Candidates for Fellow may be recommended by any member of the Academy, i.e. Fellows or Fellows Emeritus, or by any member society, division, and working group of IFMBE.

 

4.4.4 Elections

The Committee on Membership of the Academy shall select nominees for election from the candidates submitted. Election of Fellows shall be determined by a mail ballot of existing Fellows. Election shall be by a 2/3 majority of ballots received by the time specified in the ballot instructions.

 

4.4.5 Schedule

An election shall be conducted once every three years, at least six months prior to the International Congress.

 

4.4.6 Fellow Emeritus

Fellow Emeritus status may be conferred upon Fellows who meet the following criteria:

They have been Fellows in good standing.
They are fully retired or have emeritus status from a university; are fully retired from business or industry; are at least 65 years of age; or have been a Fellow in good standing for at least 10 years

 

4.4.7 Announcement of Election

At the IUPESM Congress. Additional presentations at regional events are recommended.

 

4.4.8 Publicity

In IFMBE publications, in publication of affiliated societies and other, as appropriate.

4.5 Honorary Life Members

The IFMBE confers the title of “Honorary Life Member” to a select group of individuals. Honorary Life membership is defined in the IFMBE Constitution.

 

4.5.1 Criteria

The title of Honorary Life Member is bestowed on individuals who have rendered exceptional service to the Federation.

 

4.5.2 Nomination

Candidates for Honorary Life membership shall be made to the IFMBE Nominating Committee. Nominations can be made by any member of an affiliated entity of the Federation, by the IFMBE Administrative Council or by the IFMBE Awards or Nominating Committees.

 

4.5.3 Endorsement

Honorary Life members shall be recommended for election from the list of nominations. The Nominating Committee shall forward its recommendations to the Administrative Council of the IFMBE for endorsement. Endorsement by the Administrative Council shall be by a majority vote of the voting members of the Council.

 

4.5.4 Elections

Election of Honorary Life members shall be determined by a mail ballot of members of the General Assembly.

 

4.5.5 Schedule

Honorary Life members can be nominated at any time. Candidates for election shall be recommended at a meeting of the Nominating Committee and forwarded for Council action at its regular business meeting. Election by members of the General Assembly shall be conducted at least 3 months before the IUPESM Congress.

 

4.5.6 Announcement of Election

At the IUPESM Congress. Additional announcements at regional events are recommended.

 

4.5.7 Publicity

In IFMBE publications, in publication of affiliated societies and other, as appropriate.

IFMBE Charter for Specialized Division

1. Introduction

1. This document is to give guidance for the formation and conduct of Specialized Divisions of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering.

2. The current development in Medical and Biological Engineering leads to a need for intensive work in specific areas but, even more, to the need for linking structures for the dissemination and exchange of information between interested people.

3. The Federation has decided to facilitate these developments by the formation of Special Divisions of the Federations, under its Constitution and By-laws.

2. The Role of a Specialized Division

A Specialized Division of the Federation may be set up to be concerned with a specific area of Medical and Biological Engineering. Basic and applied research, development, implementation of methods and techniques, and/or organization within the field may be covered by a Division, which must have a clearly defined function and long term objectives.

3. Objectives

The objectives of a Specialized Division shall be:

a. To stimulate research and application of new developments within a special field of Medical and Biological Engineering.

b. To improve co-operation and exchange of information between interested and competent persons working in different countries.

c. To promote collaboration between specialists including those belonging to other scientific societies and, in particular, to medical societies.

d. Other objectives as approved by the Administrative Council for each Specialized Division.

4. Activities

The activities of a Specialized Division may include:
– Planning, promoting and organizing specialized meetings, educational courses, and publications.

a. Organizing joint sessions and other activities during the meetings of other scientific bodies.

b. Preparing international documents such as guidelines, specifications, procedures and standards, in collaboration with the Publications Committee of the Federation.

c. Promoting the exchange of appropriate individuals between research groups and other institutions.

d. Establishing or contributing to the establishment of documentation systems.

e. Undertaking projects in its own special field.

f. On request, acting as a consultant body to the Administrative Council of the Federation.

g. If requested by the Administrative Council to do so, acting as a liaison body with other international organizations.

5. Initiation and establishment of a Specialized Division

0. A proposal for a Specialized Division may be made by the Administrative Council, the General Assembly, a Member organization, or a committee of the Federation. Such a proposal must outline the field of interest of the proposed division and must be sent to the Secretary-General. The Secretary-General will forward it to the Administrative Council and all the Member organizations, with a request for views and for a nomination of an individual who might be asked to serve on the board of such a Division if it were established, and who would be willing to serve, if elected.

 

1.If there appears to be general approval of the concept of a Specialized Division for those with an interest in the proposed topic, the Administrative Council shall appoint a Coordinator to prepare the final proposal for the establishment of the Division.

 

2. With the assistance of the Coordinator, a provisional board shall be set up. Member organizations will then be asked to vote on the nominations previously received for the seven members of the provisional board. The Administrative Council may designate up to two co-opted members to the Board.

 

3. The provisional chairman of the proposed Division will be selected by the Administrative Council from among the successful candidates and co-opted members forming the Board, on the advice of the Co-ordinator and of the Specialized Division and Working Groups Committee. The Board will then proceed to appoint a secretary and treasurer from among their members.

 

4. In conjunction with the provisional Board, the Co-ordinator will then draw up a final proposal which will include:
a. the title and scope of the Division
b. a provisional plan of activities with an estimate of the required financial support for the
first fiscal year and an indication of financial consequences for future years.
c. a recommendation as to whether the Division shall be established for a fixed term of years or indefinitely, and.
d. the provisional membership of the Board.

 

5. If the proposal is approved by the Administrative Council, the Division shall be established and the Board confirmed.

 

6. The Secretary-General shall write to all Member organizations asking them to participate in the activities of the Specialized Division.

6. Organization of a Specialized Division

0. Membership
A Specialized Division is composed of individuals (members) within the Affiliated Societies of the Federation who have an interest in the special topic of the Division. In addition, individuals who are not members of any of the Affiliated Societies of the Federation can become full members of the Division. They are called Corresponding Members. Organizations which are not members of the IFMBE or its Affiliated Societies can also become full members of the Division. These are Called Associated Organizations. Individuals and organizations wishing to become members of the Division must send a written application to its Board. Based on its recommendation the Administrative Council of the Federation accepts or rejects the application. An annual membership fee is charged from Corresponding Members and Associated Organizations. The fees for Associated Organizations are based on the IFMBE Affiliate Society fee structure. The fees for the coming year are proposed by the Division Board and set annually by the Administrative Council while processing and approving the Division budget (see section 8 Financial support).

 

1. The Board
The affairs of a Division are administered by a Board consisting of:
a. Chairman
b. Secretary
c. Treasurer
d. four Board Members and
e. at most two co-opted Members designated by the Administrative Council for a specific term.

 

2. Elections
1. Election procedure
a. The elected members of the Board of a Division shall be elected by the IFMBE General Assembly and by the Delegates of the Corresponding Members At Large and of the Associated
Organisations of that Division from a list of nominated members put forward by the Nominating Committee of that Division.
b. At least 120 days before each Ordinary General Assembly Session the IFMBE Secretary-General shall notify the secretaries of each Member Organisation of listed Delegates and shall request notification of any amendments. (NB. The Delegates of IFMBE Member Organizations will be asked to vote in the IFMBE election AND in the Division elections. The Delegates of the Corresponding Members At Large and of the Associated Organisations of a Division being non-IFMBE affiliated can only vote in the election of the Division in question) He shall also request from them the names of any of their individual members which they would wish to have considered for nomination for Board membership of that Division.
c. The Secretary-General shall forward to the Chairman and each member of the Nominating Committee of a Division a list of the Delegates and of the suggested names.
d. In preparing the list of nominated candidates the Nominating Committee shall first consider the list transmitted. It is then open to the Nominating Committee to add further names to the list from the individual membership of the Membership Organisations of a Divsion, if the Committee considers this to be in the interest of the Division.
e. From that list the Nominating Committee shall prepare a final list of individuals for presentation as nominated candidates. If feasible the list should provide at least twice the number of candidates as there are vacancies in the Board of a Division. The consent of each candidate to be nominated shall be obtained in writing by the Chairman of the Nominating Committee before the list is presented.
f. The final list shall be presented to the IFMBE General Assembly at its Ordinary Session and to the Delegates of the Corresponding Members At Large and of the Associated Organisations of that Division. Voting shall be by simple majority, any tied vote being determined by the vote of the presiding officer of the IFMBE General Assembly.
g. In case a Board position(-s) becomes unfilled, due to a resignation or other circumstances, between two sessions of the General Assembly the position(-s) shall be filled by the candidate(-s) of the previous ordinary election who received the most votes of those unelected.
h. The Board shall elect its Officers from amongst its members.
i. In determining the number of Delegates of the Corresponding Members At Large and of the Associated Organisations of a Division the same formula is to be applied as for IFMBE Member Organisations (§S12 of IFMBE Byelaws).

 

2. Nominating Committee
Immediately after each Ordinary Session of the IFMBE General Assembly a Nominating Committee shall be established consisting of a Chairman and three members. These appointments shall be done by the IFMBE Administrative Council after consultation with the current Board of the Division in question. The members of the committee shall be Members, Corresponding Members or Associated Members of that Division. The Nominating Committee is responsible for preparing and presenting to the next Ordinary Session of the IFMBE General Assembly and to the Delegates of the Corresponding Members At Large and of the Associated Organisations a list of candidates eligible into the Board of that Division. The Nominating Committee is considered to be dissolved following the election of new Board members of that Division. Membership of a Nominating Committee shall be as widely representative as is feasible.

 

3. Terms of Office
The term of office of any Board Member is six years. A Board Member who has been elected Officer may hold that office for three years. After the initial setting up, the first Officers may hold office for six years. No Member of Officer may be re-elected immediately upon the completion of his/her term Between elections, the Board shall fill Officer vacancies from its elected and co-opted Members, and other vacancies from unsuccessful nominees according to majority. These Members will serve only to the time of the next election. In order to initiate alternate terms of office, the three of the seven originally elected Board Members who received the least majorities will serve till the next election. They cannot run for re-election immediately after completion of their first three-year term. The remaining members of the Board will serve full six-year terms. The terms of the co-opted members are decided by the Administrative Council.

 

4. Regulations
The Board shall formulate guidelines for its activities within the framework of the Constitution and By-laws of the Federation. These must be approved by the Administrative Council.

 

5. Reporting
The Board is responsible for all activities of the Specialized Division. At least once a year a written report covering policy, plans, what has been achieved, membership numbers, and income and expenditure shall be prepared and submitted by the chairman to the Administrative Council.

 

6. Liaison
The Vice-President of the Federation or an appointed member of the Administrative Council will act as Liaison Officer with the Specialized Division and may attend the meetings of the Specialized Division.

7. Publications

0. A Specialized Division shall prepare a report of each seminar or conference held under its auspices and may also publish monographs in the field of concern of the Division. This publication shall be either a separate IFMBE publication or a publication in the Federation Journal. The Division shall be responsible for the editing of the publication. In the case of a separate IFMBE publication, the publication shall be presented to the Publications Committee for approval. The purchase price will be established by the Publications Committee, and the eventual revenues will accrue to the IFMBE. Copies of the publication shall be given without charge to the members of the Administrative Council, the Publications Committee and the Federation Journal editor, where appropriate.

1. If the publication is to be published in the Federation Journal, this shall be submitted to the editor of the Journal.

2. If a seminar or conference is organized by a Division in cooperation with other societies, the organizers shall publish the report in a joint publication, the cost and eventual revenues being shared between the organizers. Copies of the reports shall be distributed without charge to the Council, Publication Committee and editors of the cooperating societies.

3. If the papers presented in the seminars or conference are to be published, each organization has the first right of publication of the papers presented by members of their society and/or presented on their invitation.

8. Financial support

0. Approval of the establishment of a Specialized Division places responsibility with the Federation for financial support of the Specialized Division up to the extent indicated by the Administrative Council in its approval. The extent of the financial support may be modified at the yearly review of the Division. The Administrative Council shall be responsible only for the financial support which it has authorized.

 

1. The Board of the Division shall be responsible for preparing an estimate of costs for each fiscal year in advance, together with a long term estimate of future expenditures, and for submitting an annual application to the Administrative Council for funding.

 

2. The Board of a Specialized Division may be authorized by the Administrative Council to seek financial assistance for its activities from other sources, for example, through revenues from meetings of special topics arranged by Member organizations following an initiative by the Division. Such funding may not impose conditions on the activities of the Division which would contravene those laid down in this charter or the Constitution and Bye-laws of the Federation.

9. Dissolution

The Administrative Council of the Federation may dissolve a Specialized Division at any time if the Division has completed its task or does not conform to the conditions of this charter or fails to achieve satisfactory progress towards its objectives.