The name of the Association is “European Association of Plastic Surgeons” (EURAPS). The logo of the Association shall be a figure of a Greek dancing man pointing at a circle of stars in front of him, symbolizing the European countries. The Association is a non-profit scientific organization.
The purpose shall be:
Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, is that specialty in Medicine which deals with acute and non-acute conditions, congenital or acquired, as a result of trauma, disease, degeneration or ageing in patients of both sexes and all ages. Its aim is the restoration or improvement of function, appearance and well-being.
Section 4 Methods:
Section 1 There shall be five classes of Membership in the Association: Active, Senior, Corresponding, Senior Corresponding and Honorary.
Section 2 Membership of the Association is by application. Membership is a privilege and not a right, and it is contingent upon continuing compliance with the by-laws of the Association. No person shall be elected or remain a member of the Association unless he or she is of good moral character and adheres to accepted principles of medical ethics.
Section 3 Membership in the Association shall be limited to plastic surgeons of a defined level of scientific and clinical excellence.
Section 4 – Active members
B. RIGHTS and DUTIES
Section 5 – Senior members
Senior members shall be those Active members who have completely retired from the practice of plastic surgery and related disciplines. This class of members must be conferred by the Executive Council and approved by the General Assembly.
Section 6 – Corresponding members
Corresponding members shall be those who reside and practice in countries other than Europe, who are full members of their National Society of Plastic Surgery, itself a member of the International Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS).
B. RIGHTS and DUTIES
Section 7 – Honorary members
Honorary members shall be individuals whom the Association deems worthy of special honor because of notable contributions in the field of Plastic Surgery or because of long activity in the interests of the Association. This class of membership must be conferred by the Executive Council and approved by the General Assembly. They are not required to attend Meetings or pay dues. However, they shall pay the same registration fee as active members for the meetings which they attend.
Section 8 – Election of members
Active and Corresponding members:
1. A candidate for Active or Corresponding Membership must, as a basic requirement, have presented personally a paper to an Annual Meeting of the Association.
2. A candidate for Active or Corresponding membership can apply for membership, when she or he is seconded by two full members of EURAPS, one of them belonging to the same country as the candidate. This last requirement does not apply for countries which have no active members.
3. Each candidate for Active or Corresponding Membership must submit the following items to the Secretary General:
4. The Secretary General shall ascertain that the requisite items of the application are complete. He/She shall forward the complete application package to the Chair and the members of the Membership Committee. The Executive Council shall consider the slate of candidates as recommended by the Membership Committee and approve each Member on the basis of his/her qualifications. The General Assembly shall vote on the list of Members to be elected.
5. The names of candidates for election will be published by the Secretary General and circulated to all members two months prior to the General Assembly. Members are entitled to send confidentially to the Executive Council and the Chair of the Membership Committee any reason or objection to the election of a particular candidate. Such information needs to be received by the Secretary General, not less than 14 days prior to the meeting of the Executive Council.
Section 9 – Application for Membership
Completed applications for active and corresponding membership must be submitted to the Secretary General by the 31st of December of the year preceding the Annual meeting, usually the following May.
Section 10 – Notification of Members
All new Members will receive a certificate of Membership signed by the President and Secretary General and a copy of the by-laws of the Association.
Section 1 – Officers
The Officers of the Association shall be the President, the President Elect, the Secretary General, the Secretary General Elect, the Treasurer and the Treasurer Elect.
1. The President:
2. The President Elect shall be vested with all powers and shall perform all the duties of the President in the event of the latter’s inability to act, resignation, or otherwise and shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Executive Council.
The President Elect shall automatically assume the duties of the President when the President completes his/her one (1) year term of office. The President Elect shall be in close contact with the President and Executive Council to guarantee efficient continuity.
3. The President and the President Elect are elected for a period of one year, and are not eligible for re-election in that function. The President together with the President Elect will be responsible for external relations of the Association.
4. The Secretary General shall be responsible for the running of the Association and:
5. Secretary General Elect:
6. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial affairs of the Association, including:
7. Treasurer Elect:
Section 2 Council
Section 3 – Executive Committee
Section 4 – EURAPS Research Council (formerly the ECSAPS):
Standing committees are:
Any Member may withdraw from the Association after fulfilling all obligations and giving written notice of such intention to the Secretary General. This notice shall be presented to the Officers and Council at the first Meeting following its receipt.
In the event of dissolution or final liquidation of the Association, all of its assets remaining after payment of its obligations have been made or provided for shall be distributed to, and among such corporations, foundations, or other organizations operated exclusively for scientific and educational purposes consistent with those of the Association, and shall be designated by the Officers and Council.
All proposed amendments to the by-laws must be signed by three voting members and submitted in writing to the Secretary General of the Association at least six months prior to the next Annual Meeting.
The Secretary General must notify the voting Members by mail of the proposed amendment at least three months prior to the next Annual Meeting.
The by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds affirmative vote of the voting Members present at the annual General Assembly by secret ballot.