The International Association of Biomedical Sciences

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The International Association of Biomedical Sciences (IABS) is a non-profit world organization established in 2005 in Los Angeles, California with the International Journal of Biomedical Science (IJBS). There are a few thousands of members who are medical and biomedical scientists from all over the world. And also the association keeps in touch with hundreds of thousands of medical and biomedical scientists around the world. IABS is dedicated to the research and exploration of human health and disease, promoting medical information and mutual exchanges and cooperation between various disciplines or countries. The mission is to promote the health of human beings by uniting medical scientists from all over the world. The ultidisciplinary and multinational characteristics of the Institute’s members enable IABMS to provide a venue for a wide range of information and knowledge exchanges and to develop new ideas for human health.

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IABS is a non-profit organization registered in California, USA, its mission is :

  1. To promote intellectual exchange among biomedical scientists and workers worldwide;
  2. To help the development of biomedical science, biotechnology and biomedical education worldwide;
  3. To advocate biomedical ethics, safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of biomedical workers and fully promote academic democracy.
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Bylaws of International Association of Biomedical Sciences

Chapter I General

Article 1.  The name of the society is International Association of Biomedical Sciences (IABS). IABS own a medical academic journal named as International Journal of Biomedical Sciences (IJBS), which was launched in 2005.

Article 2.  The International Association of Biomedical Sciences (hereinafter referred to as “the Association”) is an academic and non-profit organization voluntarily formed by medical workers or specialists and registered and approved in State of California, Federal Government of the United States.

Article 3. The purpose of “the Association” is to unite workers or specialists in the field of medical and biomedical science and technology, advocate medical ethics, safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of members according to law, fully carry forward academic democracy, improve the professional and technical level for members “the Association”, promote the prosperity and development of medical science and technology, promote the popularization for the knowledge of medical science and technology, promote the team’s growth for medical science and technology, increases opportunities for interdisciplinary exchanges to promote innovation and help members broaden their horizons.

Article 4.  The principle of “the Association”: respect knowledge, talents, creation, patients; rely on scientific and technological progress, seek truth from facts, and advocate the spirit of “cooperation and dedication”. Combine popularization with improvement, basic theory with practical application, and clinical medicine with preventive medicine.

Article 5. “the Association” is registered and approved as a non-profit organization by the federal government and the State of California in the US. “the Association” and the Secretariat are located in Los Angeles, United States. The branch can be located in multiple countries or regions.

Article 6. “the Association” establishes an academic committee, which is composed of the chairman, vice chairmen and academic advisers. The academic committee is appointed by the Council of “the Association”.

Chapter II The scope of “the Association” Activity

 Article 7.  Scope of “the Association”

 (1) carry out medical academic exchanges, organize or hold international and/or local academic conferences and strengthen contact and cooperation among disciplines and academic groups.

(2) edit and publish periodicals, books and other electronic audio-visual products for academic information or progress in the medical field. Make effort to run the current journal of IJBS. Establish other new specialized journals when necessary.

(3) carry out continuing education, constantly update the medical knowledge for members and improve the professional skills in medical science and technology.

(4) hold international exhibitions for medical and health science progress, promote the transformation and application of medical scientific research achievements, and promote the rational use and continuous innovation for new drugs, diagnostic reagents, medical devices, etc. via the combination with clinical practice.

(5) carry out academic exchanges and cooperation with international medical organizations or workers,.

Chapter III  Members

Article 8. Those who agree the Constitution of “the Association” can voluntarily apply to join “the Association” if they meet the following conditions:

Article 9. “the Association” members are divided into individual and organization:

(I) Individual members:

1. Graduates in medical and pharmaceutical colleges and/or universities who have obtained professional and technical positions as a professor, resident doctor, teacher, researcher and technician;

2. Engaged in other work related to medical specialty;

3. The Editorial Committee of the journal of IJBS including reviewer, editors and chief editor are all members of “the Association”;

4. All authors whose articles published in the Journal of the IJBS

are members of “the Association”.

5. Honorary members, famous medical experts, who accept the concept of “the Association”, support the work of “the Association”, and have important contributions to the development of international medical science and technology, can be honorary members of “the Association”.

(II) Organization members:

Any organization or institute related with medical fields, such as health, education, and research can voluntarily participate “the Association”.

 Article 10.  Admission procedure

New members may be recommended by the Council members and reported by the working committee. If no recommender, the applicant shall submit the application.

Organization members and honorary members shall submit application for approval, a certificate shall be granted.

Article 11. Rights and obligations for all members

(I) individual members

1. Have right to recommend and supervise the work of “the Association”, have priority to participate academic activities and obtain academic materials of “the Association”, have right to leave “the Association” freely.

2. Have obligation to follow the resolutions and decisions of “the Association” and complete the tasks entrusted by “the Association”. Safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of “the Association”.

(2) organization members

Free academic compilations of annual academic activities. Can be selected as the candidates for the group leader in some working committees and related specialized branches of “the Association”.

Article 12. All certificates issued to members including appointment letters should be designed and printed by “the Association”.

Article 13.  withdrawal: Members shall notify “the Association” in writing before withdrawal from “the Association”. Those who do not participate in activities of “the Association” for more than 3 year shall be deemed to have withdrawn automatically. The member shall be removed from “the Association” if serious violation of the articles of association is found.

Chapter IV Generation and Removal about Organization and directors

Article 14. The governing body of “the Association” is the Council, whose rights include:

 formulate and amend the articles of “the Association”

 decide on the selection of honorary position

 decide on policies and tasks of “the Association”;

 review the work and financial report of the Council;

 decide on termination and other major matters through proposals and resolutions;

Article 15. Terms for Members of the Council

(I) Director of the founding Committee

Under the premise of ensuring participation of activities of “the Association”, the founding directors may be a life position, and their qualifications can be transferred to qualified candidates. But if they cannot be guaranteed to attend activities, it is deemed as an automatic withdrawal (the specific rules are described separately).

(II) other directors

The term of non-founding directors is 5 years.

Article 16. Congress

The members’ Congress shall be held irregularly according to the need and decided by the Council. It may be held at the same time as the academic conference.

Article 17. Responsibilities and obligations of the Council:

(1)  implement the resolutions or decisions of the members’ Congress;

(2)  prepare for the convening of the Congress of members;

(3)  report its work and financial status to the congress;

(4)  make the annual academic and work plan;

(5)  make an internal management system;

Article 18.It can be held for the meeting of the board of directors who are present at least more than two-thirds. The resolution shall not take effect until it is approved by more than two thirds of the directors present. The meeting of the Council shall be held at any time according to the needs, and electronic communication may be adopted in special circumstances.

Article 19.  There shall have a standing council for “the Association”.

Article 20.  The director general, supervisor, vice directors and secretary-general shall meet the following requirements:

(1) the background of education or profession needs to be related to medical or biomedical field;

(2) being in good health and able to adhere to daily work;

(3) serve enthusiastically and actively contribute to the development of “the Association”;

(4) have the spirit of dedication and maintain the core values of “the Association”;

(5) co-operate with other directors, to be transparent in all deeds, and not to split “the Association”.

Article 21.  The director general of “the Association” shall be the legal representative who will sign relevant important documents on behalf of “the Association”. Under special circumstances, the vice director or the Secretary General may act as the legal representative as entrusted by the director general.

Article 22.  Responsibilities of the director general of “the Association”:

(1)  convene the Congress, Council and standing council meeting of “the Association”;

(2)  inspect the implementation of resolutions and decisions of the international congresses of members, the meetings of the Council and the Standing Council.

(3)  sign relevant important documents on behalf of “the Association”.

(4) handle other major issues of “the Association”.

Article 23. Duties of the Secretary General of “the Association”:

(1)  preside over the daily work of the office and organize the implementation of the annual work plan;

(2)  coordinate the work of branches, representative offices and entities;

(3)  nominate candidates for the deputy secretary, as well as branches and representative offices, and to submit them to the Council for approval;

(4)  decide on the employment of full-time staff or representative;

(5)  handle other daily affairs of “the Association”.

Article 24.  The Council may establish a number of committees to undertake the relevant tasks assigned by the Council.

Article 25. “the Association” will establish some branches in different countries or discipline with the approval of the Council. The name of branches will be “xxxx branch of the IABS” according to the disciplines or locations. The branch is responsible for organizing academic activities, but it is not an independent legal association. Therefore it does not need to establish another constitution.

Chapter V Principles of Asset Management and Use

Article 26.  Sources of funds of “the Association”:

(1)  receive donations from individuals or groups in accordance with relevant regulations of the federal and California government

(2)   fund of “the Association”;

(3)  interest on deposits of “the Association”;

(4)  income from activities or services carried out within the business scope of “the Association”;

(5)  other legitimate income of “the Association”.

Article 27.  The funds of “the Association” shall be used for the salaries for the personnel who have contributed to the work of “the Association” and for the activities and development within the scope of “the Association”. The income may serve the members in the activities or projects, but shall not be evenly distributed among the members. There is no charge for the awarding issued by “the Association”.

Article 28.  Funds Management

(1)  This association implements the democratic financial management system under the leadership of the Council. And the funds shall be managed in accordance with the accounting system of non-profit organizations.

(2)  A strict financial management and audit system will be established to ensure that accounting materials are legal, true, accurate and complete.

(3)  “The Association” shall be staffed with professional accountants with qualifications. Accountants do not work as cashier, but should implement accounting supervision.

(4)   All expenditures of “the Association” is open and transparent, and approved by the Council if the amount exceeding a certain value.

Chapter VI  Amendment Procedures of the articles of “the Association”

Article 29. Any amendment to “the Association”’s articles of “the Association” should be proposed jointly by more than two-thirds of the directors or more than one-fifth of the members. Then it will be submitted to the Congress for deliberation after being approved by the Council.

Article 30.  The amendment of the articles of association shall come into force upon the approval of the members with simple majority voting rights.

Chapter VII  Termination Procedures and Disposition of Property

Article 31. The termination of “the Association” will be proposed by the board of directors and shall not take effect until the cancellation procedures are handled by the federal government and the California government.

Article 32. Before the termination of “the Association”, a liquidation organization shall be established under the guidance of the competent business department and relevant authorities to be responsible for clearing up the claims and debts. During the liquidation, no activities shall be carried out for anything unrelated to the liquidation.

Article 33.  According to the law of non-profit organizations in the United States, all assets of “the Association” are public or national assets of the United States, and no individual may misappropriate.