CONSTITUTION


CONSTITUTION OF THE IUA
 
Text of the modified constitution approved by the Extraordinary General Assembly held on September 7, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. The text of the previous modifications was approved by the General Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic on July 2, 2012; in Lisbon, Portugal on June 25, 2006; in Rome, Italy on May 24, 2004; and in Rochester, Minnesota, USA on September 14, 1983. (Translation of the French text of the constitution deposited at the "Prefecture de Police de Paris" on December 9th, 1983.) 

Article 1

By the subscribers to the present statutes an association is founded entitled "International Union of Angiology (IUA)". It is ruled by the French law of 1901 decreed August 16, 1901, Law number 81 909 of October 9, 1982. The following subtitle describes the constituents of the organisation: "A Society for Vascular Medicine, Surgery and Endovascular Interventions". 

Article 2: Goal

The goal of the Union is to stimulate and disseminate, at an international level, scientific knowledge in the whole field of angiology; moreover, the Union facilitates propagation of all documents and knowledge on angiology through the different media, by organisation of congresses, seminars, national and international meetings and by publication of a journal as well as by textbooks on angiology. The Union will stimulate research as well as clinical work in angiology in the different countries. Furthermore, it will set up committees or commissions to handle different activities of the IUA.
 
Article 3: Headquarters

a) The headquarters of the Union is located at "Collège Français de Pathologie Vasculaire, Maison de l'Angiologie, 18 rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris, France". The address can be changed within the "Department" in Paris by the decision of the Administrative Board. In case it is transferred outside the "Department", an extra-ordinary General Assembly has to be called in order to make a decision on this point by a majority of votes.
b) The Executive Board establishes the site of the Administrative Secretariat of the IUA.

Article 4: Official languages

The official languages of the International Union of Angiology are English and French. 

Article 5: Members

The Union is composed of members interested in angiology. There are 8 groups of members. 

a) Honorary members
These are members who have rendered significant services to the Union. They have to be approved by the Administrative Board and pay no annual fee. 

b) Corporate members
Corporate members are those companies or industries who pay an annual fee determined by the Executive Board each year, or as subsequently determined by the General Assembly at the beginning of each year.
Corporate members are those companies or industries who pay an annual fee determined by the Executive Board.

c) Full members
Full members are those who pay an annual fee at the beginning of each year. This fee is determined by the Executive Board and includes the subscription to the official journal of the IUA. 

d) Emeritus members
A full member of the IUA can apply to the Executive Board to become an Emeritus member at age 65. Membership fee for Emeritus members is reduced by 50%.

e) Associate members
Associate members are those who do not hold a medical degree or PhD (for example, vascular technologists, vascular nurses). The annual fee is determined by the Executive Board.

f) Associate societies or organisation members
This category includes national or international scientific societies or organisations dealing with practical or theoretical aspects of vascular disease. Each society or organisation will pay an annual fee and nominate one representative who is a full member of the IUA to the Administrative Board.

g) Institutional Members 
Institutional members are those members from the same institution whose fee is paid by the institution. Each group of 3 members pays the Institutional fee and receives one journal subscription. 

h) Fellows of the International Union of Angiology (FIUA)
The title of Fellow of the International Union of Angiology (FIUA) may be conferred on members who have fulfilled scientific, clinical and other criteria for the title as determined by the Executive Board.

Article 6: Admission of membership

Admission of membership to the Union is approved by the Executive Board. 

Article 7: Membership

Membership in the IUA comes to an end by:
1) Resignation.
2) Dismissal. This is decided by the Executive Board because of non-payment of the membership fee or other serious reason as judged by the Executive Board. The member is invited to defend his/her case during a meeting of the Executive Board with possibility of redress at the next General Assembly if notification is sent by the member within two months of receipt of the letter of dismissal. Dismissal approved by the General Assembly is considered irrevocable.

Article 8: Finances

Income sources of the Union are as follows:
1) Membership fees.
2) Donations and income from publication of the journal or other means of publication.
3) Income from activities of the Union.
4) Grants coming from state or public institutions.
5) Funds from chapter and world congresses, the amount to be determined by the Executive Board in conjunction with the Organising Committee for the congress.
6) Any other resources authorised by legal or regulatory rules.

Article 9: Administrative Board

The Union is guided by an Administrative Board consisting of the National and Society Delegates and the Executive Board.

a) National and Society Delegates
National delegates to the Administrative Board are elected in the following way: each national group of members elects for a period of 2 years one or more national delegates depending on the total number of national members. One national delegate is elected per 200 full members of a national group and a supplementary delegate will be elected for each additional 200 or fraction of 200 members. 
National and international societies or organisations associated with any aspect of angiology can nominate a delegate to the Administrative Board for a period of 2 years.

b) Chapters 
1) European Chapter 
2) North American Chapter
3) Latin American Chapter 
4) Asian Chapter 
5) Australian and New Zealand Chapter
6) North African and Middle East Chapter
7) Southern African Chapter
8) Chinese Chapter
9) Multinational Chapter

For Chapters 1 to 9, a Secretary is nominated by the Administrative Board for a period of 2 years from among the national delegates. The Secretaries of the Chapters are voting members of the Administrative Board and are invited to meetings of the Executive Board.
Chapter 9 includes multinational vascular societies and organisations. Each Multinational Chapter society or organisation nominates a representative who serves as a voting member of the Administrative Board and is also invited to meetings of the Executive Board, subject to that society paying the annual fee for the associate society or organisation (Article 5f) and the representative being a full member of the IUA.

c) The Executive Board 
The Administrative Board elects an Executive Board for a period of 2 years. 
The Executive Board is composed of 15 voting members:
1) President
2) Nine Chapter Vice-Presidents
3) Secretary General
4) Associate Secretary General
5) Treasurer General
6) Associate Treasurer General
7) Immediate Past-President 

Past Presidents of the Union remain as non-voting members of the Executive Board as Advisors of the Board. 
Past Presidents aged more than 70 years and still active, may be nominated Honorary President on proposal of the Executive Board, and can participate as non-voting members of the Executive Board. 
The Chief and Executive Editors of the Journal (International Angiology), the Secretaries of Chapters 1 to 9 and society and organisation representatives of the Multinational Chapter are members of the Administrative Board and are invited to the meetings of the Executive Board as non-voting members. 
Advisors to the President are voting members of the Administrative Board but non-voting members of the Executive Board.

d) The President Elect
The President Elect is the President of the next IUA World Congress. He/she is elected among the Vice-Presidents by the Executive Board and approved by the Administrative Board. 

e) Absence or incapacity of the President
The President Elect is authorised to take over the functions of the President and to decide on the necessary items. If the President Elect is incapacitated, he/she is replaced by another member of the IUA Executive Board.

f) Non availability of Administrative Board member
The Administrative Board can nominate a temporary replacement, with the next General Assembly deciding on a permanent replacement. The term of the temporary member to the Administrative Board nominated in that way ends at the time when normally the term of the replaced member expires.

Article 10: Meeting of the Administrative Board

The Administrative Board meets once every year, convened by the President. The decisions of the Administrative Board are taken by a majority of votes. In case of equality of votes, the vote of the President is casting. 

a) The President 
The President convenes meetings of the Executive Board and the General Assembly. He/she represents the IUA in all its activities in civil life and has all powers in that respect (for example, to appear in proceedings to defend the IUA and for any inquiry into IUA activities). 

b) The Secretary General and the Associate Secretary General
The Secretary General, assisted by the Associate Secretary General, supervises the administrative work of the IUA. 

c) The Treasurer General and the Associate Treasurer General
The Treasurer General, assisted by the Associate Treasurer General, manages all financial aspects of the IUA, executing all payments and collecting all income under supervision of the President. The Treasurer General keeps a record of all transactions and produces a complete report to the Executive and Administrative Boards and to the General Assembly.

Article 11: Committees, Councils, or Commissions

The Administrative Board designates among its members the following Committees, Councils or Commissions:

a) The Membership Committee
It is composed of the President and Chapter Vice-Presidents and Secretaries. It reviews the applications that are presented, taking into account the curriculum vitae, position and titles of the candidates. It meets as often as necessary at Executive Board meetings.

b) The Financial Committee
It is composed of the President, Immediate Past President, President Elect, Treasurer General, Associate Treasurer General, Immediate Past Treasurer General, Secretary General and 3 members of the Administrative Board. It meets as often as necessary.
 
c) The Scientific Committee
It is composed of the President, one Past President, one Vice-President, the Secretary General and 6 members of the Administrative Board. Its goal is to determine the most important scientific activities of the IUA. It works together with other scientific organisations, the administrative authorities of Health in the various countries, and national and international Health organisations. It promotes the study of angiological problems in all their aspects, establishes guidelines on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease, and other fields of interest of the IUA. The Scientific Committee may set up Working Groups to assist with its activities.

d) The Committee of Publication
It is composed of the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Editors of the Journal of the IUA, one Past President, one Vice-President and 2 representatives of the Administrative Board. Its goal is to ensure the promotion of the journal and to co-ordinate all publication activities.

e) The Vascular Centres Committee
It is composed of the President, one Past President, the Secretary General, one expert in the field and 6 members of the Administrative Board. Its goal is to co-ordinate the policy of the IUA for the establishment of rules for the creation and implementation of Vascular Centres world-wide. The Vascular Centres Committee may set up Working Groups to assist with its activities.

f) The Council on Vascular Medicine
It is composed of the President or one Past-President, one Vice-President, the Secretary General or Associate Secretary General, one expert in the field and 6 members of the Administrative Board. Its goal is to develop the field of interest concerning basic and applied research, pathophysiological mechanisms, and diagnostic and therapeutic aspects concerning Vascular Medicine.

g) The Council on Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Intervention
It is composed of the President or one past-President, one Vice-President, the Secretary General or Associate Secretary General, one expert in the field and 6 members of the Administrative Board. Its goal is to develop the field of interest concerning basic and applied research, pathophysiological mechanisms, and diagnostic and therapeutic aspects concerning Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Interventions.

h) The IUA Foundation
The IUA may constitute a non-profit Foundation, with the aim to collect funds for the promotion of scientific and educational activities.

i) Other Committees, Councils, Commissions
Other Committees, Councils and Commissions may be set up by the Executive and Administrative Boards in order to co-ordinate the different scientific or non-scientific activities of the IUA. Each Committee and Council must submit a written report on its activities to the Administrative Board and General Assembly 60 days before the World Congress. All requests or suggestions made by the Committees, Councils and Commissions must be approved by the Administrative Board. Each Committee, Council and Commission has a Chairman and a Co-Chairman nominated by the Executive Board, and has a term of office of two years.

Article 12: The Ordinary General Assembly

The ordinary General Assembly is composed of all the members of the IUA whatever their title of membership. It meets once a year, at the World Congress in the year of the World Congress and at a Chapter meeting nominated by the Executive Board in the alternate year to the World Congress. Urgent meetings of the General Assembly can be organised in between after written request signed by at least 200 members from 10 countries or more. Concerning the annual meeting, members are invited at least two weeks before the date determined by the Executive Board. The agenda of the meeting is enclosed in the invitation letter and is set up by the Executive Board. The Secretariat of the General Assembly is the same as for the Executive Board. The President, assisted by the members of the Executive Board, chairs the General Assembly and communicates the situation of the IUA. The General Assembly approves the present accounts, votes on the plan of management for the next period and confirms changes of members of the Administrative Board according to the rules of the bylaws. It delegates to the Administrative Board and to the Executive Board all power to accomplish the operations that are part of the goals of the IUA, in case the power foreseen in the bylaws to that respect should be insufficient. Moreover, it decides on all questions brought on the agenda. All the decisions of the General Assembly are taken by a majority of votes of members present or represented. 
 
Article 13: The Extraordinary General Assembly

It is composed of all the members of the Union whatever their title of membership. The President can call an Extraordinary General Assembly when deemed necessary, or on the request of one half of the number of members plus one, according to the modalities as mentioned in Article 12. It should be composed of at least one quarter of the members. It has to decide using a three quarter majority of votes of the members present at the meeting. The members that are unable to come to the meeting can be represented by another member of the IUA having a written proxy. A list of the members present will be set up and certified by the members of the Executive Board. In case the quorum is not obtained, a second extraordinary meeting can be organised within an interval of 2 weeks. During this new meeting, valid decisions can be taken whatever the number of members present.

The Extraordinary General Assembly can decide on:
• a change of the by-laws
• a fusion of the International Union of Angiology with another association having the same goals
• the dissolution of the International Union of Angiology and attribution of its belongings according to the laws and rules being operative.

Article 14: Official records (minutes)

The official minutes on the decisions of the Boards and Assemblies are recorded by the Secretary on a register and signed by the President and a member of the Executive Board being present at the deliberations. The Secretary can deliver all certified copies to testimony in front of third parties.

Article 15: Modification of by-laws

The Administrative Board can, if necessary, establish the text of internal regulations to determine practical details of the present by-laws. Such "Internal regulations" as well as its eventual changes will be proposed for approval to the General Assembly.


Made in Budapest, on September 7, 2015