The Association will be named the COMMONWEALTH ASSOCIATION OF PAEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY AND NUTRITION (CAPGAN)2. PURPOSE
CAPGAN is a non-profit making organisation whose purposes are:
2.1 To promote knowledge of and training in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition throughout the Commonwealth and especially amongst ‘less developed’ countries.
2.2 To foster collaborative research in these field
2.3 To hold regular scientific meetings.
2.4 To be a source of authoritative advice on gastroenterology, hepatology or nutrition problems, in particular, those of diarrhoea or malnutrition, to both national and international agencies within the Commonwealth.
2.5 To exert a positive influence as advocates for the welfare of children in the Commonwealth.
3.1 The Association will comprise active, honorary and emeritus members.
3.2 A member must show an active interest in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and/or nutrition.
3.3 Delegates who register to attend a CAPGAN Conference are automatically members of CAPGAN until the next Conference or until they have failed to attend two consecutive conferences.
3.4 Members are not restricted to nationals of Commonwealth countries.
3.5 Prospective members who have not registered to attend a CAPGAN Conference may be elected by Council following submission and approval of their Curriculum Vitae and on paying the requisite membership fee. This will last until the next conference.
3.6 Only active members have voting rights at General Meetings.
3.7 Members may be given the designation ‘emeritus’, if so approved by Council, on their withdrawal from active practice.
3.8 Honorary membership will be bestowed on those who have made an outstanding contribution to paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology or nutrition; or to the Association itself.
4.1 Organisation and administration of CAPGAN will be the responsibility of CAPGAN’s Council. Council
will authorise the Executive to manage the affairs
of the Association between meetings. All Council
members will be notified of meetings of the Executive and have the right to attend
4.2 Council will meet at the time and place of each International Conference and at least annually between conferences.
4.3 Council will submit to the Secretary, items for inclusion at General Meetings.
4.4 Council members will be elected at General Meetings. Nominations will require to be submitted at least one month prior to a General Meeting, in writing to the Secretary, by at least 2 active members of CAPGAN.
4.5 Council will comprise representatives of each of the major Commonwealth Regions: Europe, Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
4.6 The Executive will be members of Council and comprise: the President, Past Presidents (max 3), President-Elect if confirmed, Secretary, Treasurer, Organiser of the next International Conference, Task Group Leaders.
4.7 PRESIDENT The President-Elect: Nominations for this post will be submitted in writing by members of Council at least one month before a General Meeting, to the Secretary. They will be active members of CAPGAN, in good standing. The President-Elect will be elected and confirmed at the General Meeting prior to the Conference-based General Meeting when his/her office as President commences. The President will perform all duties normally associated with the office of President. He/She will be responsible for the appointment of all ad hoc committees and serve as an ex-officio member of all committees and task groups. The President would retain office until the next Conference-based General Meeting, or for a maximum of 4 years if re-elected.
4.8 SECRETARY Nominations for this post will be submitted in writing by members of Council at least one month before a General Meeting, to the outgoing Secretary. They will be active members of CAPGAN, in good standing. The incoming Secretary will be elected and confirmed at the forthcoming General Meeting. The Secretary will:
5.1 CAPGAN will hold regular (at least triennial) International Scientific Conferences, involving
presentation and discussion of selected papers on
relevant subject matter to the membership, at
suitable centres in the Commonwealth.
5.2 Written proposals for organising the next Scientific Conference will be invited and submitted at least one month before an ongoing Conference. Decisions and appointment of the next Conference Organiser will be made by Council.
5.3 CAPGAN will also be represented, as far as possible, at other World and Regional Conferences on paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.
5.4 A General Meeting of CAPGAN members will be held at each CAPGAN Conference . The Agenda and Minutes will be provided in timely fashion to the members by the Secretary.
5.5 A Meeting of CAPGAN Council will be held at each CAPGAN Conference and, if feasible, at World and Regional Conferences where CAPGAN is represented in sufficient numbers. The Agenda and Minutes will be provided in timely fashion to its members by the Secretary.
5.6 Each CAPGAN Scientific Conference will be planned and executed by an Organising Committee led by a Conference Organiser designated at the previous Conference.
5.7 The Conference Organiser will report regularly to Council via the Secretary; and will receive advice from Council as necessary.
5.8 Sponsorship may be sought but not from companies deemed by Council to trade unethically.
5.9 Conferences will be open to all applicants who register.
5.10 Authors who wish to present a ‘free’ paper will submit an abstract according to advice provided and before a deadline as advised, at least 3 months before the Conference. A selection process will ensue and authors will be informed of the outcome by the Organising Committee. Abstract books will be provided to delegates at the Conference.
The official language of the Association will be English at Meetings, Conferences and in correspondence.7. VOTING
8.1 Amendments to the Constitution must be proposed in writing to the Secretary not less than 6
months before the next General Meeting.
8.2 The Secretary will notify all members of proposed amendments to the Constitution not less than 4 months before the next General Meeting.
8.3 Any member may submit written counter-proposals to the Secretary not less than 2 months before the next General Meeting.
8.4 The Secretary will notify all members of submitted counter-proposals not less than 1 month before the next General Meeting.
8.5 Proposed amendments and counter-proposals will be debated and decisions made at the next General Meeting.
9.1 The membership fee will be determined by the Council at each General Meeting.
9.2 The membership fee will be incorporated within the registration fee of each CAPGAN Scientific Conference.
9.3 The membership fee for members not joining through registration at a Conference will be paid directly to CAPGAN via theTreasurer.
9.4 The membership fee will be reduced for members from ‘less developed’ countries and for trainees.
9.5 Ownership of Assets. In the event that the Association, CAPGAN, dissolves, all remaining assets will be transferred to the Commonwealth Foundation.