Institute of Medical Physiology "Richard Burian"
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Based on articles 6, 9, 21 and 33 of the Law on Public Organizations and Associations of Citizens (Official Gazette SRS no. 24/82, 39/83, 17/84, 50/84, 45/85, 12/89 and the Official Gazette RS no. 53/93, 67/93, 48/94) the Parliament of the Serbian Physiological Society has on 17 December 2008 passed the following
Of the Serbian Physiological Society
(the purged text)
I GENERAL PROVISIONS
The Serbian Physiological Society (English name - Serbian Physiological Society, German name - Serbiche Physiologische Gesselschaft; in further text "Society") is a public organization founded on the basis of professionalism, voluntarism and science. It is of educational and non-profitable character. Its aim is the unifying and the development of research in the physiology and the bio-medical science domain and the scientific application of the established most contemporary methods of prevention, diagnosing and therapy.
Full name of the Society: "Serbian Physiological Society". The abbreviation of the name of the Society: "DFS". The seat of the Society is in Belgrade, 8 Dr Subotica Street, Republic of Serbia. The Society performs its activities on the territory of the Republic of Serbia.
The Society has the character of a legal person, with all its rights, obligations and responsibilities stipulated by the law and the statute. The work of the Society is public.
The Society has a round stamp "The Serbian Physiological Society" in Serbian and English. The Society has the official rectangular shaped stamp "The Serbian Physiological Society" record no., date and place - Belgrade.
II AIMS AND TASKS
The aims of the Society as a professional organization are:
- contribution to the development of the unique and whole system of education founded on the basic and applied education in the field of physiology and its complementary branches;
- application of scientific knowledge for the purpose of preventing, diagnosing and providing therapy as well as for the purpose of improving the quality of life of the deceased;
- improvement of conditions for the development of the scientific thought and the contemporary education;
- work at universities and science institutes that is all other institutions which through their membership and conditions make possible the improvement of the scientific and the health activities;
- giving of expert opinions from the basic and the applied scientific domain;
- contribution to the development of the science and applied science and all the positive outcomes;
- contribution to the development of the public as well as of all the other positions of its members;
- development and improvement of the mutual and the international cooperation of the Society with other organizations and associations of the kind or other similar organizations or associations, universities, science and health institutions;
- development and improvement of other activities which contribute to the accomplishing of the aims of the Society and the overall development of the society;
The Society instigates and coordinates the activities of its members for the purpose of accomplishing the aims stated in the previous point. It protects their intellectual, copyright and human rights in accordance with the already generally accepted and international principles, standards and conventions. :
The Society accomplishes the set aims by:
- By organizing platforms at which issues connected to the education process in the field of physiology are considered as well as the most contemporary scientific accomplishments both in the field of basic physiology and the field of applied physiology. The accord between the scientific disciplines and the possibility of applying research results from one field of science in another field is considered as well as the issues which are important for the development and improvement of the Society and the creative climate on our territory;
- By forming of a permanent body for international cooperation of Serbian Physiological Society;
- By gathering of the workers from the field of science who are actively working in the field of bio-medicine;
- By achieving continuous communication with the competent state organs, other organizations and bodies, for the purpose of expressing opinion and making proposals on legal and other regulations and public documents, on the acquisition and the allocation of assets, and for the purpose of considering other issues that are of importance for the activities of the Society.
- By organizing professional and scientific gatherings (courses, seminars etc.), the Annual Meeting of the Serbian Physiological Society and by organizing of professional seminars every three months;
- By forming funds on the basis of donations with the aim of assisting members of the Society for the purpose of specialized training and by performing activities for which it is necessary to provide adequate assets. This is regulated by a special book of regulations in accordance with the Statute of the Society;
- By organizing publishing activities (by publishing text books, monographies, journals) in accordance with the propositions of the Statute of the Society;
- Other forms of activities in accordance with the Statute of the Society which serve
To improve and develop the Society; :
The Society achieves its aims directly or through sections. The decision to form sections is brought by the Society. The work of the section is achieved in accordance with the book of regulations on employment proposed by the section of the Society and the Board of Directors adopts it. :
III ACCORD AND COOPERATION
The Society can organize cooperation and other forms of association with similar organizations on the territory of the Republic of Serbia and other areas. The Society can organize cooperation and become a member of the international organizations dealing with physiology or other biomedical branches (regional, international, European, world).
IV MEMBERSHIP - RIGHTS, OBLIGATIONS AND LIABILITIES
One becomes or is revoked membership in the Society of one's own free will. In order to become a member of the Society one must first sign an accession document. It consists of name, last name address and profession of member. Foreign physical or legal persons can also become members of the Society in accordance with this act. The number of members is not limited. The Society has several levels of membership: regular members, associated members, collective members and members of honor. The regular member level is for the experts from the field of biomedical sciences. It is based on letters of references of two members, which include curriculum vitas, and the list of written scientific papers. Experts with academic titles working at institutes of physiology, biology or other biomedical fields can also be members at the regular level. At the associated member level are those persons who do not take an active part in working in the field of physiological or other biomedical sciences, but they show interest for the problems of this science and wish to help the accomplishing of the aims and the tasks of the Society. Various companies or organizations whose interest it is to accomplish the aims and the tasks of the Society can become members at the collective membership level. Sponsors and donors (benefactors) can be both from the associated member level and the collective membership level.
A person who can with his/her work contribute to the work or the development of the organization can be chosen for a member of honor. The same applies for the person who has significant merits for the development of the Society.
The Parliament, at the suggestion of the Board of directors, allocates the honorable status to those members who have significantly contributed to the work and to the accomplished results of the Society. Members of honor form the board of honor of the Society.
The list of new members of the Society is enclosed at the Parliament of the Society and it is published in the paper issued by the Serbian Physiological Society.
The Society has a record of all the members of the Society. The members of the Society pay an annual membership fee, determined on annual basis by the Board of directors of the Society. A member of the Society has a membership card, which determines his/her status in the Society. All members have equal rights, duties and liabilities. This is independent of the level of membership.
The rights of the members of the Society are:
- To elect and be elected into the bodies of the Society;
- To be informed about the work of the Society and its bodies;
- To use the property and the means of the Society in accordance with the Statute of the Society and the law;
- To be informed about the material and financial dealings of the Society;
- To use the professional and every other assistance provided by the Society within the framework of its activities;
- To, directly or through representatives in the bodies of the Society, give suggestions and opinions for the purpose of making adequate decisions (in electronic or written form), conclusions etc.
- To be informed through journals and other issues used by the Society;
- To publicize results achieved in the field of science;
- To execute all the other rights stipulated by this statute, law and other acts of the Society;
Liabilities of the members of the Society are:
- do adhere to the statute and other acts of the Society;
- to participate in the work and the activities of the Society;
- to use the assets and the financial means of the Society in accordance with their purpose;
- to pay their membership fee regularly;
- to maintain the reputation of the Society;
- to protect and increase the property of the Society;
- to work on increasing the number of members and on improving the material and other work conditions
- to give to the Society data necessary for the performing of the activities of the Society in accordance with this act.
The decision to accept somebody as a member or to cancel somebody's membership is made by the Parliament of the Society at the proposal of the Board of directors of the Society.
1. by voluntary exit from the Society, a statement given in written form
2. by not regularly paying the membership fee
3. suspension from the Society due to a serious damage to the aims and the reputation of the Society, breach of discipline, duties and liabilities determined by this statute and based on the decision of the disciplinary committee.
4. when the Society stops working
5. in other cases anticipated by this law and this act. The membership in the Society is cancelled in the following cases:
The process for canceling somebody's membership in the Society is instigated at the proposal of a body of the Society that is at the suggestion of at least 7 members of the Society. The decision to cancel somebody's membership is made in accordance with the Statute of the Society;
V THE BODIES OF THE SOCIETY
The bodies of the Society are:
- The Parliament
- The Supervising Board
- The Board of Directors
- The Chairman of the Society
- The General Secretary of the Society In the Society, functions are elected and performed in accordance with the Statute of the Society: the deputy president of the Society and the vice president of the Society for issues pertaining to science.
V/1 The Parliament of the Society
The highest authority of the Society is the Parliament. It is made up of all the members of the Society.
When a member of the Society withdraws from the Society or when he/she is revoked in accordance with the propositions of the Statute of the Society he stops being a member of the Parliament. The decision to withdraw is submitted to the Parliament, on time, in written form, without special justification.
A proposal to revoke a member of the Society as a member of the Parliament is submitted for reasons stipulated by the propositions of article 13 of this act. The Parliament decides about the revoking of a member by the majority vote of the members of the Society present in the manner determined by the Statute of the Society.
The Parliament works in sessions and is convened as necessary, at least once a year.
The work of the Parliament is managed by the Chairman of the Parliament who will be elected for the four-year term and from the group of regular members of the Society. Properly the Chairman of the Parliament convenes the Parliament and in his absence by the Chairman of the Society. Article 20.
In case that the Parliament is not convened in the manner anticipated by the propositions of the previous article, the Parliament has to be convened at the suggestion of at least 10% of all the members of the Parliament. The subject of the discussion has to be stated
The work of the Parliament is managed by the working presidency of the Parliament, which is elected for each session of the Parliament. Minutes are kept of the work of the Parliament and the chairman of the working presidency of the Parliament, by two notaries and the registrar signs them. The minutes contain: the total number of members of the Society, the number of the members of the Society present, establishing of the quorum, the agenda of the Parliament, the proposals, decisions and the results of the voting of the members, the time the Parliament began working and the time that it stopped working.
Every member has the right to see the minutes.
The following tasks are under the jurisdiction of the Parliament:
1. It creates the Society development program and the directions for the achieving of the same;
2. It writes up and changes the Statute of the Society and the business plan of the Parliament of the Society;
3. It appoints and suspends members of the Board of directors and the supervising board;
4. It makes decisions regarding the disposition of the property and the basic assets of the Society;
5. It considers and makes decisions regarding reports on the work of the Board of Directors and the supervising board;
6. It elects the chairman of the Society, the deputy of the chairman and the vice president of the Society for Science;
7. It elects the Secretary General of the Society
8. It writes up the financial plan and adopts the balance sheet of the Society;
9. It makes the rebalance of the financial plan of the Society
10. It decides on the allocation of awards to the deserving for their creative long-term contribution to the field of physiology;
11. It decides on the cessation of work of the Society;
12. It performs other tasks stipulated by the Statute of the Society;
The members of the Parliament can decide on the above stated jurisdictions by declaring themselves at the session of the Parliament of the Society;
The quorum necessary for the Parliament to be able to work is the presence of more than half of the members of the Parliament. The Parliament makes decisions by majority vote of the members present. The Parliament decides on issues stated under points 2, 4, 6, and 11 of the article 22 of the Statute by majority of two-thirds votes of the members of the Society present. Voting at the sessions of the Parliament is public unless the Parliament decides that it be secret.
If the Parliament does not have the necessary quorum to work the session is postponed and a new one is scheduled within 30 days.
For the performance of certain tasks the Parliament of the Society can order the Board of directors to form work units, councils, sessions, commissions, scientific -professional boards and similarly to the Proposition for the decision described in the previous point, tasks and other issues pertaining to their appointment and work are proposed;
V/2 The Supervising Board
For the purpose of protection and for the purpose of executing rights, liabilities and duties set by this statute the supervising board is formed as an independent body of the Society; it is made up of three members;
The mandate of the members of the supervising board is 4 years. The number of mandates of the members of the supervising board and the chairman is not limited; The supervising board elects a chairman for a period of the duration of the supervising board;.
The jurisdiction of the supervising board:
- it supervises the putting into effect of the regulations, the Statute and of other acts of the Society;
- it gives suggestions to the competent authorities in the Society for the purpose of abolishing the irregularities in the work of the Society;
- proposes the instigation of a disciplinary process against the responsible persons in the Society;
- submits the annual report to the Parliament of the Society regarding supervision and the results of the supervision performed in the Society;
- performs other tasks in accordance with the regulations and the Statute of the Society.
The bodies of the Society are obliged to enable the supervising board to have insight into all the documents.
Sessions of the supervising board are convened and chaired by the president. The supervising board makes decisions by majority vote of its members. The supervising board meets as necessary, at least once a year and it obliged to submit to the Parliament a written annual report regarding its work;
V/3 The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of 7 members appointed by the Parliament. They are chosen from the regular members of the Society. The President of the Society is by function also the President of the Board of Directors of the Society. The deputy president of the Society and the vice president of the Society for Science are also members of the Board of directors of the Society. The members of the Board of directors are appointed for the period of 4 years. The number of mandates of the members of the Board of directors is not limited.
The Board of directors performs its tasks at the sessions. The session of the Board of directors is convened and chaired by the chairman of the Board of directors, and in his absence by the deputy chairman of the Society. The decisions of the Board of directors are valid if more than half of the total number of members of the Board of directors is present at the session. The decisions are made by the majority vote. The president of the supervising board and the Secretary General of the Society can attend the sessions of the Board of directors, but they do not have the right to vote. Sessions are convened occasionally as need arises. An absent member of the Board of directors can vote in written form in the manner regulated by the book of regulations regarding the work of the Board of directors. The Board of directors is responsible to the Parliament of the Society and submits a yearly report to them.
The jurisdiction of the Board of Directors:
1. It prepares and determines the proposal for the development plan of the Society and makes operational plans for its execution.
2. Executes the work plan, the conclusions and the decisions of the Parliament and submits a report to the Parliament.
3. Makes decisions regarding investment and manages the assets of the Society without the right to dispose of them.
4. Decides on the protection and the security of the assets of the Society.
5. Proposes acts and decisions, which are passed by the Parliament of the Society.
6. Passes and changes act which are under its jurisdiction.
7. Makes regulations on the work of the Board of directors.
8. Establishes and develops cooperation with other organizations and associations
9. makes decisions regarding membership of the Society in organizations and associations and the suspension of its membership from the same
10. makes a decision regarding the membership fee for the members of the Society;
11. proposes decisions regarding praises, acknowledgements and awards
12. proposes members to be accepted into the Society and determines the conditions for their acceptance
13. elects representatives of the Society for bodies of other organizations, associations and Societies,
14. makes decisions to engage experts for the needs of the Society
15. Elects the board, the commission and other bodies for the Society
16. makes decisions regarding the engagement of administrative - technical staff for the Society
17. decides on the participation of the Society and its members in congresses, seminars, and counseling sessions in the country and abroad;
18. decides on giving loans, assistance, and reimbursements to members of the Society, other organizations, associations etc.
19. suspends the execution of a decision and other acts of its bodies which are contradictory to this statute, other general acts of the Society and the law;
20. Executes the financial plan of the Society
21. Decides on engaging in the scientific research projects in the country and abroad
22. Coordinates scientific projects and verifies scientific results
23. Decides on the transfer of activities from its jurisdiction to the Secretary General of the Society
24. performs other tasks in accordance with the law, this statute and the book of regulations on the work of the Board of directors
V/4 The Chairman of the Society
The Chairman of the Society can be a person who has achieved significant results in bio-medical science that is in the domain in which the Society is active. The Chairman is elected from the regular members for a period of 4 years. The same person can be a chairman several times. The Chairman is elected and revoked by the Parliament of the Society. The Chairman answers to the Parliament of the Society.
The Chairman performs the following tasks:
1. Represents the Society as an authorized person with the right to sign documents on behalf of the Society with limitations;
2. Coordinates the work of the bodies of the Society;
3. He has the function of the president of the Board of Directors of the Society;
4. Coordinates the work of the commissions, boards and other bodies of the Society;
5. Signs all acts passed by the Parliament and the Board of Directors of the Society;
6. The chairman is authorized to suspend the execution of every act of the bodies of the Society, until the first session of the body that has passed the act is convened;
7. Performs other tasks of the Society, in accordance with the Statute of the Society;
The chairman's mandate stops at his personal request or when suspended due to the fact that the mandate has expired, that is in case he has damaged the Society or if he performs his duty negligently. By a special authorization given by the president, the deputy president represents the Society, signs and performs other duties, which are under the jurisdiction of the president of the Society.
V/5 The Secretary General of the Society
The Parliament appoints the Secretary General of the Society for a period of 4 years. It can be a person who is of bio-medical or legal field of expertise or who is an economist by profession. The same person can be appointed for this position several times. The Secretary General, as an operational body of the Society, organizes and manages the business of the Society; oversees the preparations of the materials for the work of the Society, is responsible for the administrative technical work of the Society, proposes persons to be fully employed in the Society. The Secretary General answers to the Parliament of the Society. The Secretary General of the Society can perform tasks from the jurisdiction of the president of the Society if those tasks are handed over to him and the authorization is in written form.
VI THE ACQUIRING OF, THE USE OF AND THE DISPOSAL OF THE ASSETS
Material and financial assets of the Society can be acquired and used in the manner regulated by the statute and the law.
The assets of the Society are: money, objects and rights.
The Society acquires assets in one of the following ways:
- Contributions and donations
- Presents and legacies
- humanitarian and medical activities, postage stamps etc in accordance with the law
- publishing activities for the needs and the aims of the Society ( bulletins, journals, books and other) under the conditions determined by the law; registration of these activities with the competent authorities is compulsory;
- by organizing humanitarian ceremonies, auctions, seminars and other;
- intellectual property acquired through science research projects of the Society in accordance with the law;
- by organizing lectures, congresses, symposiums and other;
- other profits acquired in accordance with the current legal regulations.
A financial plan determines the assets of the Society and the manner in which they are disposed of. The board of directors proposes the financial plan and the balance every calendar year, and they are adopted by the Parliament of the Society;
Material - financial business deals of the Society are done through a bank account in dinars, a hard currency account and the cashier in accordance with the legal regulations. The bank account is registered at the competent bank.
The person authorized to sign financial documents of the Society is the chairman of the Society and, if authorized in written form, the deputy of the chairman of the Society and the Secretary General of the Society.
For the performing of the administrative-technical and financial deals of the Society, with the aim of improving the work of the Society, these tasks can be handed over to other organizations. In that case, mutual rights and liabilities are determined by a special contract.
A foundation or a legacy of the Society can be formed by the decision of the Parliament of the Society. This is to be done in accordance with the law. Science research projects can be financed from the foundation or the legacy, young talents can be financed from this, financial aid can be given to members of the Society and other activities can be achieved in accordance with the decision of the Board of directors.
The Society is a bearer of the legal liabilities and liabilities pertaining to assets.
For the liabilities that it undertakes in legal turnover with third persons, the Society answers with its property.
VII THE PUBLICITY OF THE WORK OF THE SOCIETY
The work of the Society is public.
The Society is obliged to undertake the necessary measures for the purpose of publicizing the results of its work and for the purpose of promptly informing its members of the work that the Society performs, of the problems that the Society is faced with, of the decisions and other acts. The purpose is also to enable the members of the Society to have an insight into the aims and the tasks of the Society, activities of the Society and the use of the financial means of the Society.
The society can publish journals, bulletins etc. for the purpose of informing the public and for more detailed informing of its members.
Members are informed about the work, the profit and the costs of the Society through the report that is given at the yearly session of the parliament of the Society. Representatives of the media, interested citizens and other persons approved by the Parliament can attend the yearly session.
A public discussion is organized and conducted in the Society on the topic of the draft and the proposal of general acts.
Facts that are of importance for the Society and which are established by the Regulations of the Society are considered confidential and cannot be publicized.
The bodies of the Society are obliged to consider the initiative; the proposals and the objections instigated by the members of the Society and by other interested persons. The body that has considered the proposed initiative, suggestions and objections described in point one is obliged to inform the initiators of the decision reached.
The Society provides the conditions for its members to be able to execute their rights, duties and liabilities.
VIII GENERAL ACTS OF THE SOCIETY
General acts of the Society are: the Statute, book of regulations, proposals, code of ethics and conclusions regarding the work of the bodies of the Society. The most important General Act of the Society is the Statute. All the other acts of the Society have to be in accordance with the Statute of the Society.
The Board of directors, that is the supervising board and at least 5 members of the Parliament of the Society, are responsible for initiating the writing up of the statute, that is its amendments. The initiative above stated is then considered by the Board of directors within 30 days from the day the initiative is submitted. If the initiative is accepted, the Board of directors determines the statute proposal and after 30 days of public discussions it submits it to the Parliament of the Society for adoption.
In cases of emergency the Board of directors can submit a proposal for changes and amendments of the Statute to the Parliament without conducting a public hearing.
The Board of directors is to inform the one who has initiated the passing of, changes in and amendments to the Statute, if they are deemed as unacceptable If the initiator is unsatisfied with the decision of the Board of directors described in the previous point, he/she can propose to the Parliament that the process of changing the Statute be initiated.
The members of the Society declare themselves in accordance with the Statute of the Society in regard to the passing of the Statute of the Society and its amendments.
IX THE CLOSING DOWN OF THE SOCIETY
The Society stops being active when:
- the Parliament reaches such a decision in accordance with this act;
- the number of members of the Society decreases below the number legally determined as necessary for the founding of the Society;
- further activities are banned in accordance with the law;
- other reasons determined by law exist;
In case that the Society stops working, in accordance with the decision of the Parliament of the Society, the financial means and the acquired property of the Society which are left over after all the liabilities of the Society have been taken care of and are handed over to be used and managed by the Government of the Republic of Serbia. In case that the Society is formed once again within a year, a request for the reimbursement of the transferred property is to be made to the stated authority.
If the Society stops working in accordance with the propositions of this act, the chairman of the Society is authorized and obliged to inform the authority with whom the Society is registered.
X FINAL PROPOSITIONS
The Parliament of the Society gives the interpretation of the propositions of this Statute. This Statute comes into effect on the eighth day from the day it was publicized on the bulletin board of the Society. Thus December 25, 2008 is the day that the Statute of the Serbian Physiological Society comes into effect.
With the coming into effect of this Statute the previous Statute dated 17 December 2005 ceases to be valid.
The President of the Society
Prof. dr. Dragan Đurić