EURAPS MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS

A. MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: Election and Duration.

The Membership Committee is appointed to evaluate and score potential candidates for EURAPS. The Membership Committee consists of six members. Four members are proposed by the Executive Council and voted upon by the membership present at the General Assembly. They will serve for three years and are not eligible for re-election. The Chair of the Membership Committee is the President-Elect. The Secretary General participates ex-officio. The members of the Membership Committee investigate the contents of each application and score the contents according to the Guidelines Application Form.

B. MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES.

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

A. QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Shall be full members of their National Society of Plastic Surgery.
  2. Shall be officially qualified in plastic surgery.
  3. Shall have been in active practice of plastic surgery for a minimum of three years after completion of training.
  4. Shall have published significant papers on plastic surgery.
  5. Should have presented personally a paper to an EURAPS Annual Meeting.

B. RIGHTS and DUTIES

  1. May vote, hold offices and serve on committees of the Association.
  2. May use the name and logo of the Association after obtaining authorization from the Secretary General or from the President.
  3. Shall pay the Annual dues.
  4. If absent for three consecutive meetings they shall be dropped from the membership roster, unless the absence is excused by the Officers and the Council.

Section 5 – Senior members

QUALIFICATIONS:
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.

  1. May participate in the General Assembly but may not vote or hold an Association office.
  2. Shall not be required to pay dues or attend meetings. However, they shall pay the same registration fee as active members for the meetings which they attend.
  3. Are obliged to notify the Association if they resume active practice or if their status changes in any other way. In this case eligibility lapses automatically.

Section 6 – Associate members

A. QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. should be Board or resident in training in Plastic Surgery.
  2. should apply for active membership when the criteria are met.
  3. Last for 5 years.
  4. Should have presented personally a paper to an EURAPS Annual Meeting or ERC Meeting.
  5. should have published 2 papers as first or lesser author in peer-reviewed journals.
  6. should have attended 2 EURAPS meetings in the past 5 years.

B. RIGHTS and DUTIES

  1. May not hold offices, may not vote but shall have the rights and privileges of the Association.
  2. If absent for three consecutive meetings they shall be dropped from the membership roster unless the absence is excused by the Officers and the Council.
  3. Shall pay the Annual dues 100,00€ less than active members.
  4. Shall pay the same registration fee as active members for the meetings they attend.
  5. Will be awarded additional points when applying for full active membership, if they were active participants in at least 2 meetings since becoming members.
  6. Can use the logo, under President or Secretary General’s permission.)

Section 7 – Corresponding members

A. QUALIFICATIONS:
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.

  1. Shall be officially qualified in Plastic Surgery.
  2. Shall have at least two years training in Plastic Surgery at a program recognized by the Association.
  3. Shall have been in active practice of Plastic Surgery for a minimum of three years after completion of training.
  4. Shall have published significant contributions in the field of plastic surgery.
  5. Under exceptional circumstances, the above requirements can be waived by the Executive Council.

B. RIGHTS and DUTIES

  1. May not hold offices, may not vote but shall have the rights and privileges of the Association.
  2. If absent for three consecutive meetings they shall be dropped from the membership roster, unless the absence is excused by the Officers and the Council.
  3. Shall pay the Annual dues.
  4. When they retire completely from active practice they may, upon request, become Senior Corresponding members. This class of membership must be conferred by the Executive Council and approved by the General Assembly. Senior Corresponding Members are not required to pay dues or attend meetings. However, they shall pay the same registration fee as active members for the meetings they attend.

Section 8 – Honorary members

QUALIFICATIONS:
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

  1. The membership application form signed by the two sponsors
  2. Certificate of registration as a specialist in Plastic Surgery
  3. Evidence of full membership to the National Plastic Surgical Society
  4. Curriculum Vitae, submitted according to the Membership Application Guidelines
  5. One copy of a regular CV
  6. Evidence of the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (EBOPRAS) examination, if taken.

3. Each candidate for Active, Associate or Corresponding Membership must submit the following items to the Secretary General:

  1. The membership application form signed by the two sponsors
  2. Certificate of registration as a specialist in Plastic Surgery
  3. Evidence of full membership to the National Plastic Surgical Society
  4. Curriculum Vitae, submitted according to the online Membership Application form
  5. One copy of a CV in European format
  6. Evidence of the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (EBOPRAS) examination, if taken.

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.

C. CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Candidates should be full Members of their National Society of Plastic Surgeons (evidence of membership must be submitted)
  2. They should be fully qualified as Plastic Surgeons for a period over three years (evidence of the date of the Board must be submitted)
  3. They should have personally presented a paper at a EURAPS Meeting, which was considered to be of high standard (evidence of the obtained score will be held by the Secretary General)
  4. They should be proposed and seconded by two full members of EURAPS, one of them belonging to the country of the candidate. EURAPS Members are entitled to sponsor only one candidate per year
  5. They should fill in the application form, create a standardized CV according to the guidelines, and submit both documents to office@euraps.org by December 31
  6. If rejected for 2 consecutive times they must wait 2 years before resubmitting the application

D. EVALUATION PROCEDURE

Applicants must have a EURAPS account and the application form will be accessible via the ‘MyAccount’ area.

1. The Secretary General will consider applications for eligibility in terms of conformity with the above criteria.
He will transmit forms of the applications, C.V., list of publications along with the list of all the candidates and their confidential profile to each of the Members of the Membership Committee. He will also inform EURAPS voting members two months prior to the next General Assembly about the names of the candidates.

2. Members of the Membership Committee will independently evaluate and score the applicants according to the following criteria:

  • C.V. – The Committee should accurately evaluate Training, Fellowships, Boards, Special appointments and Awards, Memberships of International Societies, Teaching, appointments, etc.
  • Publications – Only publications in a refereed journal in the field of Plastic Surgery or its subspecialties (hand, microsurgery, cranio-maxillo-facial surgery, burns, aesthetic surgery, trauma, cleft lip and palate will be taken into account. Topics not related to Plastic Surgery (e.g. General Surgery, etc.) will be excluded from the evaluation). The candidate must have at least 3 publications with his/her name in the first place among 10 pts obtained from the publications indexed in Science Citation Index (SCI) or Index medicus (IM).
  • Presentation(s) at EURAPS Meeting(s) – Presentation(s) at EURAPS meeting(s) based on the score given by the ad hoc Committee and recorded by the Secretary General should be considered.
  • EBOPRAS – 5 points will be given to those individuals who have passed EBOPRAS examination.

The Membership Committee shall meet immediately prior to the meeting of the Executive Committee and on the basis of an agreed scoring procedure list the members in order of precedence. The Membership Committee will draw the attention of the Executive Committee to that list and other factors such as the winning of prizes, number of Members of EURAPS from the country of origin of the candidate.

3. Members of the Executive Committee will elect the new members and the General Assembly will be informed.

E. NUMBER OF CANDIDATES ACCEPTABLE IN EACH CATEGORY EVERY YEAR

Active Members – At the moment a limit of five vacancies will be available per year, this number may be adjusted by a recommendation of the Secretary General to the Executive Committee and approved by the General Assembly.

Corresponding Members – No limit, provided they fulfill the prerequisites and they are outstanding individuals of great repute who have significantly contributed to the progress of Plastic Surgery. They shall be nominated and elected by the Executive Committee and the General Assembly shall be informed.

F. AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES FOR PROCESSING

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS
Amendments to the above rules shall be decided by Members of the Membership Committee and approved by the General Assembly.