International Federation of
Societies of Endoscopic Surgeons

Constitution

HISTORY

The International Federation of Societies of Endoscopic Surgeons was established during the 3rd World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery in Bordeaux. In 1902 Here are the bye-laws, in which the objectives of the Society Memebers are clearly expressed.

BYE-LAWS OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF SOCIETIES OF ENDOSCOPIC SURGEONS (IFSES)

(Ratified March 26, 1999)
(Revised February 2004)

NAME

The name of the Organization is the International Federation of Societies of Endoscopic Surgeons (IFSES), herein referred to as the Federation.

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PURPOSE

The purpose of this Federation is to enhance and promote Endoscopic Surgery minimal access techniques by:

Serving as an international forum to Endoscopic Societies around the World for the discussion, evaluation, and dissemination of information pertaining to Endoscopic Surgery, and minimal access techniques.

Promote, Organize, and train the developing parts of the World in basic Laparoscopic techniques.

Selecting the venue for the biennial World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery.

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SURGICAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: Current members

The seven founding member societies of the Federation are the Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS), European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons (EAES), Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA), Federacion Latino Americana de Cirurgia (FELAC)/Asociation Latino Americana de Cirugia Endoscopica (ALACE), Japanese Society of Endoscopic Surgery (JSES), Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). With the recent addition of Chinese Society of Laparo-Endoscopic Surgery (CLSES), the Indian Association of gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (IAGES), and the split of ALACE and FELAC into two voting members. There are now 10 member societies, each society has one vote in the Federation.

Section 2: New members

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CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEE (CPC)

Section 1: Mission

The CPC of the Ffederation provides a structured forum and a close interface between the corporate sector and the federation societies (as described in ARTICLE III). It is the intent of the Federation that this committee will serve as the main working group for dissemination of scientific and political information relevant to the practice of endoscopic and minimal access surgery, internationally, and for collaboration between surgeons and corporations in decision making regarding education, research, and practice of Endoscopic Surgery. This latter goal includes the identification of appropriate venues for World Congresses, and support of the world congress organizing committees. The partnership committee will embrace the purpose of the federation to enhance and promote the highest standards of Endoscopic Surgery and other minimal access techniques. The Corporate Parntership Committee should be an important forum for the arrangement of laparoscopic and minimal access technique training in the developing parts of the world.

Section 2. Composition

The CPC will be composed of:

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1: Mission

The Board of Directors (Board) is responsible for the general administration of the Federation and CPC. It is the responsibility of the Board to administer to the budget of the Federation and see that dues are collected. It is also the responsibility of the EB to develop and execute Federation policy, to enforce and/or amend the by-laws.

Section 2: Composition

The Board shall consist of:

Section 3: Meetings

The CPC and EB will meet atleast once a year, at a minimum. One meeting will be held at the site of the World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery, every other year. In years when a world congress is not held, one meeting of the CPC and EB will occur at the annual congress of a member society, as chosen by a majority vote of the CPC one year prior to that meeting. A second meeting in any year will be held at a site chosen by a majority vote of the CPC, either at the previous meeting by a majority vote, or by a majority vote of the Executive Committee. A meeting agenda will be circulated at least 30 days prior to the meeting. All representatives to the CPC and EB will be expected to attend the annual meeting. If a representative is unable to attend a meeting, the president of the society or CEO of the corporation may designate an alternate representative.

Section 4: Quorum and Voting

A majority of Federation member societies and corporations must be represented at each meeting to conduct business. In the absence of a quorum or if all business cannot be completed during the annual meeting, mail ballots may be used after the meeting to complete business. Each surgical society and each corporate representative on the CPC has one vote. All issues shall be determined by simple majority, except bye-laws changes, which will require a 2/3 majority vote of all member societies and corporations present.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1: Mission

An Executive Committee shall conduct the day to day business of the Federation between meetings of the Executive Board.

Section 2: Compostion

The Executive Committee shall be made up of the President, Secretaty/ Treasurer, and three at large society representatives. Members at large of the Executive Committee will be elected by the IFSES Board.

Section 3: Meetings

Meetings of the Executive Committee will occur by phone or e-mail when called upon by the President to determine day to day decisions and business of the society. The actions taken by the Executive Committee will be reported to the Board by the President at its next meeting of the Board for discussed and a ratification vote.

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RESOURCES

The Federation shall generate resources for operation by:

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WORLD CONGRESS OF ENDOSCOPIC SURGERY SITE SELECTION

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CONSULTANTS AND COMMITTEES

Section 1: The EB and CPC may seek the help of consultants. The decision to hire a consultant is determined by a simple majority vote of the EB or CPC. Reimbursement for consultant services shall be from the Federation funds and shall adhere to ARTICLE V above.

Section 2: The standing committees of the Federation are the CPC and the EB. Additional ad hoc committees may be designated by the President without a full vote of the EB.

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PARLIMENTARY PROCEDURE

In all affairs and meetings of the Federation, Robert's Rules of Order shall be observed.

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MODIFICATION OF THE BYE-LAWS

A 2/3 majority vote of the EB, whether present or otherwise, is necessary to modify the bye-laws, as stated in ARTICLE V, section 4, above.

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DISSOLUTION

The Board may dissolve the Federation upon a 2/3 vote of the Board. In the event of dissolution, all assets (or debts) will be divided equally amongst all societies belonging to the Federation. This will occur once the Secretary/ Treasurer has determined that no further financial liabilities (or payments) are to be incurred by the Federation (at least 90 days after dissolution).

THESE BYE-LAWS WERE RATIFIED BY AN UNANIMOUS VOTE OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL, MARCH 26, 1999 IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, USA.

THE MODIFICATIONS WERE RATIFIED BY A MAIL VOTE (2004)

ADDENDUM: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FEDERATION.