Statute 2012

MEDITERRANEAN FORUM OF PHYSICAL & REHABILITATION
MEDICINE

S T A T U T E

(Revised in Sorrento General Assembly, 24.10.2012)

1. Name:

A body to be known as the “MEDITERRANEAN FORUM OF PHYSICAL AND REHABILITATION MEDICINE” is hereby established and is hereinafter referred to as the Forum.

2. Mission and Goals:

  1. To be the scientific Mediterranean body for physicians working in 3 Continents, Europe, Asia and Africa, around or with close vicinity with the Mediterranean Sea, in the fields of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.
  2. To facilitate Mediterranean exchange regarding different aspects of Rehabilitation research, multicenter trials, national and Mediterranean projects, meetings and congresses.
  3.   To organise a biennial Mediterranean congress of PRM in one of the countries having active members of the Forum.
  4. To influence national governments, in close co-operation with the national society of P&RM, to support initiatives and co-operation in the field of teaching development of services and research in PRM. Also, to provide information to national governments about the contents and evidence based efficacy of PRM.

3. Membership:

The Forum will consist of Active & Emeritus members:

  1. Active members: Open to all qualified physicians specialised in PRM and to physicians being at the final stage of their PRM training, who are working in any Mediterranean country or a country with close vicinity with Mediterranean Sea, irrespective of race, religion or community. Those who wish to become active members of the “Forum” should apply to the Secretary or any Board member. The Board of the Forum considers the application and decides accordingly by majority vote for the approval. Active members are eligible to participate to the General Assemblies, have the right to participate to all the discussions of a General Assembly and raise any issue that they wish, to be candidates for representatives of their countries and to vote for the election of their country representative to the Council. 
  2. Emeritus Members: Granted by the General Assembly upon recommendation of the Board to any person who has been a member of the Forum for at least 10 years, has retired from full tie professional activity and accepts to be so designed. Emeritus members are entitled to attend all meetings and other activities of the Forum but cannot vote or hold office.

4. General Assemblies and Council members:

  1.   An Ordinary General Assembly shall be held during the Mediterranean Congress. All the active members are invited to participate in the Congress and in the Assembly at a specific place and time. After fifteen minutes elapsed from the time of invitation the present members are considered to be in quorum.

    Active members coming from the same country, during a General Assembly, choose their own representative. This representative will have the right to vote for his country and be a nominee for any position of the Board. The representatives of the countries, who are present to the General Assembly, form the “COUNCIL” and besides other issues, they vote for the place and time of the Congress that will be organised after four years, and for the elections of the Board members.
  2. An Ordinary General Assembly decides upon any problem of the Forum and holds the right of any change of the Statute of the Forum except the dissolution and distribution of its funds, which needs an Extraordinary General Assembly as provided below. Any change of the Statute can be effective if they vote in favour the two thirds of the countries-representatives (The Council) present in an Ordinary General Assembly.
  3. Before the end of the General Assembly the new President and the other members of the Board are elected and appointed.

    Dissolution of the Forum can be effected by an Extraordinary General Assembly, which is hold up for this purpose. All the active members must have invitation for the Extraordinary General Assembly together with explanation for the reasons of the dissolution. A decision for dissolution of the Forum is effective if they vote in favour the three-quarters of the present countries-representatives (The Council) who are coming at least from three different countries. In case of dissolution of the Forum the property of the Forum will be by donation given to an Institution of Rehabilitation of disabled persons in any Mediterranean country, with the decision of the Extraordinary General Assembly.

5. Election of Officers and Board:

  1. The Board shall consist of seven elected active members: The President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and three members of the Board. Also, the Board may have honorary members (not more than the half number of the elected members each time), who are nominated by the General Assembly to serve the Board till they will retire from full tie professional activity. Then they are eligible for Emeritus membership. Such members can be individuals who have contributed a lot to the creation and further development of the Mediterranean Society.
  2. The term of the Board is for two years, unless the next Congress will be postponed and consequently the General Assembly will be postponed too. In such case the term of the Board is enlarged till the next General Assembly. Its members are elected directly by the countries-representatives (The Council) during the General Assembly by secret ballot, except the organizer of the next Mediterranean Congress.
  3. The President’s election is done separately from the other members of the Board; at least three members of the Council can propose a candidate for the Presidency.  President becomes the nominee who receives the most votes of the Council. Vice-President is automatically appointed the Organizer of the next Mediterranean Congress, unless he/she has already become president. In this case Vice-President becomes the nominee who received the most votes during the elections for the Board members. The Council members vote at least three candidates for the Board. The posts of Secretary, Treasurer and members of the Council are given to the rest five winners-nominees by decision of the Board during the first meeting, soon after the General Assembly.
  4. From 2008 onwards, the “two years” terms of the President can be continuously up to two.

6. Board:

The works of the Forum shall be conducted by the Board, which shall arrange the program of each meeting.
The Board meets at least once a year. The Meeting is in quorum if the President and three elected members of the Board are present. Decisions are made with simple majority vote but in the case of a draw the President’s vote shall be the winning one.

  1. Discussions and decisions of the Board can be succeeded, by using e-mail and fax communication between the Board - members.

    The Minutes are confirmed during the immediately next meeting of the Board and are signed by the President and Secretary.
  2. The “accounts-report” of the Forum shall be submitted by the Board at each General Assembly.
  3. The subscription shall be fixed by the Board and shall become payable on the first day of January. The Board reserves the right to consider the equivalent to resignation or not, the failure of paying the subscription by a member due for four years.
  4. The President shall:
  5. Preside over the Meetings of the Board and General Assembly of the Forum.
  6. Summon, through the Secretary, for General Assemblies and meetings of the Board.
  7. Sign together with the Secretary any documents for the Forum.
  8. Sign together with the Treasurer any cheques for any sum exceeding the amount approved by the General Assembly.
  9. Represent the Forum, alone or together with other members of the Board.
  10. Hold the official stamp of the Forum.
  11. The Vice-President shall replace the President.
  12. The Secretary shall:
  13. Summon, with the advice of the President, for General Assemblies and meetings of the Board.
  14. Prepare the Minutes of the General Assemblies and the meetings of the Board.
  15. Keep a protocol and a record of all the incoming and outgoing documents of the Forum.
  16. Keep a general list of the members of the forum.
  17. Conduct the correspondence.
  18. Sign, together with the President, all documents of the Forum.
  19. Give a report at the General Assembly.
  20. Hold a copy of the official stamp of the Forum.
  21. The Treasurer shall keep the accounts, collect subscriptions, sign together with the President any bank orders of the Forum in excess of the amount approved by the General Assembly and be responsible for the expenditure of the Forum.

7. Seal of the Forum and official Anthem:

The common seal of the Forum shall be oval one and bear the map of the Mediterranean Sea in the centre and shall have around it the registered name of the Forum and the year of the 1st Mediterranean Congress - 1996. It shall be in the custody of the President and it shall be affixed in every document of the Forum. Also the Forum has an official Anthem, which will be heart during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Mediterranean Congresses.

  1. Mediterranean Congress:
  2. A congress adopted by the Forum will be held every two years.
  3. Applications to host the congress may be made by active members of the Forum, which have the written support of their national scientific society of PRM, whether or not sponsored by a national society. In the application must be clearly defined that the applicants accept the details written in this article (8) of the Statute. A closing date for applications will normally be a month before the Ordinary General Assembly four years prior to the Congress date. The Ordinary General Assembly, which coincides with the Mediterranean congresses, will decide on the successful applicant after the presentations of all applicants. The applications from members of countries not having yet organized a Mediterranean Congress are preferred. The applicant in charge is appointed as the Vice-President of the Forum for the period commencing two years before the Congress for which is the Organiser.
  4. A national organising committee will be responsible for all aspects of the scientific and social programs. A scientific committee will be appointed by the national organising committee, which will be responsible for the scientific merit and content of the congress sessions. The Board of the Forum must have a meeting in the host country about one year before the Congress, to ensure the relevance and quality of scientific contributions and to discuss any problem of the next congress and of the Forum. Also, another meeting of the Board will take place during the Congress and prior the General Assembly. The expenses of these two meetings of the Board, including travelling and hotel expenses for the seven elected and honorary members of the Board will be considered as expenses of the Congress and covered by the Congress budget as contribution to the Forum for its function. The seven elected members of the Board and the honorary members are invited to the Congress as speakers to give lectures in several fields of PRM.
  5. In the event of unsatisfactory performance or wrongful activity by a member or members of the organising committee, the Board will, at any time, have the right to withdraw the authority of the organising committee to host the congress.
  6. The official languages of the congress shall be at least English and the national language of the country, which will host the Congress.
  7. In every Mediterranean PRM Congress an award is given to the best oral presentation of young PRM doctor, under the title “Haim Ring Mediterranean PRM Award”. The Congress Scientific committee will act as a jury for this award.

8. Committee of Students/Residents of the Mediterranean Forum of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

  1. The main aim of this Committee is to promote and enhance the scientific and social interaction among the PRM Residents of the MFPRM. This Committee will work in close collaboration and owing loyalty to the Board and the General Assembly of the MFPRM.
  2. This committee is composed of one member from each MFPRM country designated for a 2 years term, starting on each congress.
  3. The members of this Committee are PRM residents or first year to fifth PRM specialists.
  4. The committee will meet formally at each MFPMR congress.
  5. The members must be designated before the congress, via e-mail to the MFPRM President and General Secretary, by each of the National Societies.
  6. The committee’s members must vote the names for a main coordinator and two secretaries.
    1. This Committee must be approved by the general assembly.
    2. Provisional: for the first mandate (2012/2013), the names will be confirmed by the MFPRM Board from the members designated by all the National societies.
    3. The Committee’s coordinator must be present at the Ordinary General Assembly at the Congress to report on the Committee’s activity and suggestions.
  7. The committee does not have scientific neither organizational autonomy.
    1. All of the committee’s activities/actions/events can only take place after approval and consent from the MFPRM Board.
    2. All documents and institutional contacts can only take place after approval and consent from the MFPRM Board.
  8. The committee should be responsible for maintaining a facebook page to bring together all PRM residents from the Mediterranean basin, mainly, to share relevant information for all MFPRM residents.
  9. The committee will be responsible for proposing a scientific journey/session of special interest to residents the day before the beginning/at the MFPRM Congress.
    1. This Journey/session shall have a scientific program approved by the MFPRM Board and the Local Organizer.
MEDITERRANEAN FORUM OF PHYSICAL & REHABILITATION MEDICINE

S T A T U T E

(Revised in Vilamoura General Assembly)
  1. Name:

A body to be known as the “MEDITERRANEAN FORUM OF PHYSICAL AND REHABILITATION MEDICINE” is hereby established and is hereinafter referred to as the Forum.

  1. Mission and Goals:
  2. To be the scientific Mediterranean body for physicians working in 3 Continents, Europe, Asia and Africa, around or with close vicinity with the Mediterranean Sea, in the fields of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.
  3. To facilitate Mediterranean exchange regarding different aspects of Rehabilitation research, multicenter trials, national and Mediterranean projects, meetings and congresses.
  4. To organise a biennial Mediterranean congress of PRM in one of the countries having active members of the Forum.
  5. To influence national governments, in close co-operation with the national society of P&RM, to support initiatives and co-operation in the field of teaching development of services and research in PRM. Also, to provide information to national governments about the contents and evidence based efficacy of PRM.
  1. Membership:

The Forum will consist of Active & Emeritus members:

  1. Active members: Open to all qualified physicians specialised in PRM and to physicians being at the final stage of their PRM training, who are working in any Mediterranean country or a country with close vicinity with Mediterranean Sea, irrespective of race, religion or community. Those who wish to become active members of the “Forum” should apply to the Secretary or any Board member. The Board of the Forum considers the application and decides accordingly by majority vote for the approval. Active members are eligible to participate to the General Assemblies, have the right to participate to all the discussions of a General Assembly and raise any issue that they wish, to be candidates for representatives of their countries and to vote for the election of their country representative to the Council. 
  2. Emeritus Members: Granted by the General Assembly upon recommendation of the Board to any person who has been a member of the Forum for at least 10 years, has retired from full tie professional activity and accepts to be so designed. Emeritus members are entitled to attend all meetings and other activities of the Forum but cannot vote or hold office.
  1. General Assemblies and Council members:
  2.   An Ordinary General Assembly shall be held during the Mediterranean Congress. All the active members are invited to participate in the Congress and in the Assembly at a specific place and time. After fifteen minutes elapsed from the time of invitation the present members are considered to be in quorum.

   Active members coming from the same country, during a General Assembly, choose their own representative. This representative will have the right to vote for his country and be a nominee for any position of the Board. The representatives of the countries, who are present to the General Assembly, form the “COUNCIL” and besides other issues, they vote for the place and time of the Congress that will be organised after four years, and for the elections of the Board members. 

  1. An Ordinary General Assembly decides upon any problem of the Forum and holds the right of any change of the Statute of the Forum except the dissolution and distribution of its funds, which needs an Extraordinary General Assembly as provided below. Any change of the Statute can be effective if they vote in favour the two thirds of the countries-representatives (The Council) present in an Ordinary General Assembly.
  2. Before the end of the General Assembly the new President and the other members of the Board are elected and appointed.

Dissolution of the Forum can be effected by an Extraordinary General Assembly, which is hold up for this purpose. All the active members must have invitation for the Extraordinary General Assembly together with explanation for the reasons of the dissolution. A decision for dissolution of the Forum is effective if they vote in favour the three-quarters of the present countries-representatives (The Council) who are coming at least from three different countries. In case of dissolution of the Forum the property of the Forum will be by donation given to an Institution of Rehabilitation of disabled persons in any Mediterranean country, with the decision of the Extraordinary General Assembly.

5.    Election of Officers and Board: 
a. The Board shall consist of seven elected active members: The President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and three members of the Board. Also, the Board may have honorary members (not more than the half number of the elected members each time), who are nominated by the General Assembly to serve the Board till they will retire from full tie professional activity. Then they are eligible for Emeritus membership. Such members can be individuals who have contributed a lot to the creation and further development of the Mediterranean Society.   
b. The term of the Board is for two years, unless the next Congress will be postponed and consequently the General Assembly will be postponed too. In such case the term of the Board is enlarged till the next General Assembly. Its members are elected directly by the countries-representatives (The Council) during the General Assembly by secret ballot, except the organizer of the next Mediterranean Congress. 
c. The President’s election is done separately from the other members of the Board; at least three members of the Council can propose a candidate for the Presidency.  President becomes the nominee who receives the most votes of the Council. Vice-President is automatically appointed the Organizer of the next Mediterranean Congress, unless he/she has already become president. In this case Vice-President becomes the nominee who received the most votes during the elections for the Board members. The posts of Secretary, Treasurer and members of the Council are given to the rest five winners-nominees by decision of the Board during the first meeting, soon after the General Assembly.
d. From 2008 onwards, the “two years” terms of the President can be continuously up to two.

6.    Board:            
The works of the Forum shall be conducted by the Board, which shall arrange the program of each meeting.
The Board meets at least once a year. The Meeting is in quorum if the President and three elected members of the Board are present. Decisions are made with simple majority vote but in the case of a draw the President’s vote shall be the winning one.

  1. Discussions and decisions of the Board can be succeeded, by using e-mail and fax communication between the Board - members. 

The Minutes are confirmed during the immediately next meeting of the Board and are signed by the President and Secretary.

  1. The “accounts-report” of the Forum shall be submitted by the Board at each General Assembly.
  2. The subscription shall be fixed by the Board and shall become payable on the first day of January. The Board reserves the right to consider the equivalent to resignation or not, the failure of paying the subscription by a member due for four years.
  3. The President shall:
  4. Preside over the Meetings of the Board and General Assembly of the Forum.
  5. Summon, through the Secretary, for General Assemblies and meetings of the Board.
  6. Sign together with the Secretary any documents for the Forum.
  7. Sign together with the Treasurer any cheques for any sum exceeding the amount approved by the General Assembly.
  8. Represent the Forum, alone or together with other members of the Board.
  9. Hold the official stamp of the Forum.
  10. The Vice-President shall replace the President.
  11. The Secretary shall:
  12. Summon, with the advice of the President, for General Assemblies and meetings of the Board.
  13. Prepare the Minutes of the General Assemblies and the meetings of the Board.
  14. Keep a protocol and a record of all the incoming and outgoing documents of the Forum.
  15. Keep a general list of the members of the forum.
  16. Conduct the correspondence.
  17. Sign, together with the President, all documents of the Forum.
  18. Give a report at the General Assembly.
  19. Hold a copy of the official stamp of the Forum.
  20. The Treasurer shall keep the accounts, collect subscriptions, sign together with the President any bank orders of the Forum in excess of the amount approved by the General Assembly and be responsible for the expenditure of the Forum.

7.     Seal of the Forum:
The common seal of the Forum shall be oval one and bear the map of the Mediterranean Sea in the centre and shall have around it the registered name of the Forum and the year of the 1st Mediterranean Congress – 1996. It shall be in the custody of the President and it shall be affixed in every document of the Forum.

    • Mediterranean Congress:
    • A congress adopted by the Forum will be held every two years.
    • Applications to host the congress may be made by active members of the Forum, which have the written support of their national scientific society of PRM, whether or not sponsored by a national society. In the application must be clearly defined that the applicants accept the details written in this article (8) of the Statute. A closing date for applications will normally be a month before the Ordinary General Assembly four years prior to the Congress date. The Ordinary General Assembly, which coincides with the Mediterranean congresses, will decide on the successful applicant after the presentations of all applicants. The applicant in charge is appointed as the Vice-President of the Forum for the period commencing two years before the Congress for which is the Organiser.
    • A national organising committee will be responsible for all aspects of the scientific and social programs. A scientific committee will be appointed by the national organising committee, which will be responsible for the scientific merit and content of the congress sessions. The Board of the Forum must have a meeting in the host country about one year before the Congress, to ensure the relevance and quality of scientific contributions and to discuss any problem of the next congress and of the Forum. Also, another meeting of the Board will take place during the Congress and prior the General Assembly. The expenses of these two meetings of the Board, including travelling and hotel expenses for the seven elected and honorary members of the Board will be considered as expenses of the Congress and covered by the Congress budget as contribution to the Forum for its function. The seven elected members of the Board and the honorary members are invited to the Congress as speakers to give lectures in several fields of PRM.
    • In the event of unsatisfactory performance or wrongful activity by a member or members of the organising committee, the Board will, at any time, have the right to withdraw the authority of the organising committee to host the congress.
    • The official languages of the congress shall be at least English and the national language of the country, which will host the Congress.

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