ISAM Constitution


I. General

1. The Society shall be named the International Society of Addiction
Medicine (ISAM), (hereafter referred to as "The Society").
Its present headquarters are in Calgary, Canada.

The Society is an international, non-political, not-for-profit organization
governed in accordance with its Constitution.
The International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) is an international
society of physicians committed to the advancement of the following:
- Addiction is a preventable and treatable disease
- Physicians worldwide have a major role in the management of addiction
- Addiction Medicine is an essential medical specialty
We hope to address the following issues by means of our joint efforts:

It is essential that sufficient credence be given to the perspective
of physicians
specializing in addiction medicine in addressing this chronic disease.

Participants in this endeavor have important educational roles to play in
the training
of physicians already in the field of addiction medicine and of general physicians as well.

There needs to be a credible international group that speaks for physicians in
addiction medicine worldwide and promotes further recruitment of physicians into the field.
The Society will lend strength to the efforts of physicians in their respective
countries in partnership with national societies.

A medical collaboration will be invaluable in generating and disseminating
new research findings in addiction.

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Physicians in addiction medicine together will formulate empirically-grounded
policies for addressing this illness on the national and international levels.

It is important that physicians work together to deal with the problem of
impairment of health professionals from substance abuse.

By virtue of our collaboration, we will be able to play a stronger and more effective
role in the prevention of addictive illness and its health and social consequences.

Physicians recognize the social, cultural and other aspects of addiction and
welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other professionals in the field.

9. Additional goals may be chosen by the Board of Directors and the General Assembly.

To achieve its objectives the Society will provide for:
a) the organization of:
- international conferences, symposia, study courses,
- international study and research groups in the field of
alcohol and other drug problems
b) the establishment and maintenance of relations with international,
regional, national and local
organizations whose activities are in conformity with the objectives and the activities of the Society.
c) The organizing of regional and national offices such as the Board of Directors may decide.
d) The maintenance of a central office to function primarily as
a co-ordination agency and information centre.

The original text of the constitution is in English.

The Board of Directors shall have competence to draw up by-laws
governing the affairs of the Society and shall have the competence to
draw up guidelines concerning international meetings.
The by-laws are subject to the approval of the majority of the
membership present at a duly constituted meeting.
Any legal dispute which might occur between the Society and its
members will be dealt with as prescribed by the By-laws of the Society.

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II. Membership

Admission of members: Membership shall be open to all physicians
whose aims and activities coincide, or are directly connected with the
Society's objectives. Application for membership has to be made in writing.
The Board of Directors may select members from other disciplines as non-voting
associate members in recognition of a special contribution to the field of addiction.

The Board of Directors shall have power to refuse membership without
Refusal of giving any explanation for its decision. An appeal process will be
Membership delineated in the By-laws.

Membership can be suspended or terminated by the Board of Directors
Suspension of with a vote of absolute majority.

An Appeal process will be delineated in the By-laws.

Members who wish to resign their membership with the Society
Resignation must give written notice to that effect before the end
of the fiscal year covered by the subscription.

The full membership of physicians and other classes of membership will
be delineated in the By -laws.

Those members whose membership is terminated, or who resign, will
lose all membership rights.

III. Governing Bodies

The governing bodies of the Society shall be:
A. the General Assembly
B. the Board of Directors

A. The General Assembly
The General Assembly shall consist of all full members of the Society in good standing.
The General Assembly shall be chaired by the President; in his/her absence by
the Senior Vice-President, in his/her absence by another Vice-President.

The General Assembly and duly constituted meetings shall be convened by the Board of Directors.
Electronic or written notice to this effect shall be given at least ninety days prior to
the date fixed for the meeting.

The General Assembly shall meet at least once every three years
and according to the time,
place and agenda to be determined by the Board of Directors.

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The General Assembly shall be the governing body of the Society
Powers and shall have the following powers:
a) to determine the general policy of the Society as recommended by the Board of Directors,
b) it shall arbitrate in matters concerning notices of appeal against
termination of membership and rejection of admissions,
c) to elect the President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary-Treasurer and the members of the
Board of Directors
d) to receive and adopt:
- the budget and audited accounts presented
- the report of activities presented by the Board of Directors
e) to determine the annual membership fees and other possible contributions,
f) to deal with all matters not within the power of other organs of the Society
The matter of agenda setting and quorum will be delineated in the By- laws of the Society.

B. The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall consist of elected full members and
chaired by the President. Representation from all regions
as outlined in the By-laws is to be ensured.

The process of nomination of candidates, elections and terms of office
of will be delineated in the By-laws of the Society.

The Board of Directors shall organize its own procedural deliberations
guided by, following Robert's Rules of Law.

The President shall chair the meetings of the General Assembly and those of the Board of Directors.
He/she shall also be responsible for convening both organs.

The Senior Vice-President shall replace the President in his absence and can
be entrusted with special responsibilities by the Board of Directors.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall be responsible for overseeing the documentation in coordination
with the Society's office to be sent to members of the Society and to members of
the Board of Directors as well as maintaining and reporting on budgetary matters.
Other duties and responsibilities will be outlined in the By-laws.

The Board of Directors shall have a conference and/or meet at a frequency determined in the
By-laws and at the call of the President, or upon request of the majority of its members.

The Board of Directors shall have the authority:
a) - to determine guidelines and general policy of the Society,
- to approve the report of activities
- to control the finances of the Society
These decisions are to be approved by the General Assembly.
b) to pronounce on membership applications and suspensions from membership
c) to designate persons who shall have the authorization to sign on behalf of the Society
d) to appoint permanent sections or ad hoc committees
e) to rule on requests to set up committees, sections or study groups
and to determine the rights and obligations of such bodies.

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The matter of deliberations and quorum will be outlined in the By-laws.

The Board of Directors may form standing or ad hoc committees and Committees
may invite any member of the Society to participate.An Advisory Council of Organizations will
maintain communication with national organizations and report to the Board of Directors.
The Committees formed, the deliberation process and the quorum
required will be outlined in the By-laws.

Officers of the Society will include a President, Vice-Presidents,
Secretary-Treasurer and other officers as delineated from time to time by the By-laws.
Officers terms of office will be delineated by the By-laws.

IV. Revision of the Constitution

Any alterations of the Constitution shall require previous electronic or written notice to
all full members at least sixty days before the General Constitution Assembly which will
decide thereon. The quorum and majority required will be identified in the By-laws

V. Dissolution

Dissolution of the Society shall not be decided upon before written notice has been
given to all full members at least sixty days before the meeting of the
General Assembly and shall need the approval of two-thirds of all full members.
The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the dissolution of the
Society and disposition of its assets in conformity with its obligations.

VI. Entry into force

The present temporary Constitution shall come into force immediately
upon its adoption by the General Assembly.

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