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, Associate, 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. Under exceptional circumstances, like internationally recognized outstanding clinical practice, the below requirements can be waived by a two-third majority of the Executive Council.
Section 4 – Active members
B. RIGHTS and DUTIES
Section 5 – Senior members
Senior members shall be those Active members or Corresponding 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 – Associate members
B. RIGHTS and DUTIES
Section 7 – 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.
B. RIGHTS and DUTIES
Section 8 – 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 9 – Election of members
Active, Associate and Corresponding candidate for membership:
1. Can apply if 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.
2. Each candidate for Active or Corresponding Membership must submit the following items to the Secretary General
3. Each candidate for Active, Associate 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. Candidate 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 based on his/her qualifications. The General Assembly shall vote on the list of Members to be elected.
Section 10 – Application for Membership
Completed applications for active, associate 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 11 – 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.
Section 2 – Council
Section 3 – Executive Council
Section 4 – EURAPS Research Council
Standing committees are:
The Lecturer has to present a 10 minutes talk at the opening session of the following Euraps meeting, and produce a webinar within 6 months from his experience. If there is more than one eligible applicant, the candidacy will be ranked by the Educational Programs Committee.
The Committee consists of six members, the Secretary General (ex officio) and five members appointed for a three years period and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. The members are elected on recommendation by the Executive Council and voted by the General Assembly.
Any Members 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.
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Dear EURAPS friends,
most countries in Europe reveal an optimistic course of Covid numbers due to growing vaccination rates. We all do wish for a live conference with warm collegial and personal interactions.
We currently are in full preparation for the EURAPS 2022 edition in Naples. I am particularly looking forward to welcoming you all there in good health, with a broad smile and with fascinating scientific contributions.
We are pleased to inform you that the abstract submission is now open. Deadline for sending in your best reconstructive and aesthetic work is October 10.
A new lineup of motivated expert Reviewers has been recruited to analyze all your abstracts in order to establish an outstanding scientific program in Naples.
A new generation of Committee Members with great enthusiasm has been set into office to provide for a smooth flow of business.
New membership rules will soon be published in order to welcome a larger number of motivated and ambitious Associate and Active Members.
The near future of EURAPS promises to be exciting and full of opportunities.
I am thrilled to be part of that as new Secretary-General.
Very best regards,
Jan Jeroen Vranckx, MD, PhD
Prof. & Chief Dept. of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery &
Lab of Plastic Surgery & Tissue Engineering Research
KU-Leuven University Hospitals, Belgium