1. General provisions
Art. 1: Name
The "Association of Chinese Medical Societies for Chinese Medicine in Switzerland, VCACMS" is an association established in accordance with Art. 60ff. of the Swiss Civil Code, the ZGB. The Chinese name of the association is “瑞士华人中医药学会; It is politically and denominationally independent.
Art. 2: Definition
The VCACMS is a not-for-profit group of specialist Chinese doctors practising Chinese medicine in Switzerland, committed to the public good and working on a voluntary basis .
Art. 3: Aims
Promoting the exchange of scientific knowledge in Switzerland and abroad; ensuring and further developing Chinese medicine and acupuncture so that it is up to date and of high quality and takes account of the latest findings; Promoting Chinese medicine and acupuncture in Switzerland; Promoting the health of the Swiss population.
Art. 4: Organisation
1. The management board comprises the Advisory Committee, Honorary President, President, Deputy President, Administration and Members of the Board.
2. Administration: The Administration is subject to the authority of the Board and carries out the necessary administrative tasks.
Art. 5: The Association is based at: Battenhusstrasse 10, 9062 Lustmühle AR, Switzerland
2. Area of activity (aims and purpose)
Art. 6: The area in which the VCACMS is active comprises:
Art. 7: The overall membership is divided between individual members, collective members and honorary members.
Art. 8: Anyone who recognises the statutes of the VCACMS and fulfils the following conditions may submit an application for membership:
Art. 9: Admission to membership
Applications for membership are put before the Board; they may be made at the applicant's own initiative or by recommendation. Once admitted, members are provided with a membership certificate.
Art. 10: Rights and obligations associated with membership:
1. Individual members
1.1. The rights of individual members:
a) The right to elect and vote
b) The right to submit counter proposals and to inspect
c) The right to participation at a reduced price in scientific events organised by VCACMS in Switzerland and abroad
d) A preferential right to copies of articles in the journal of the VCACMS; free-of-charge subscription to the journal of the VCACMS; the right to use the scientific materials of the VCACMS
e) Membership of the VCACMS is at the member's own wish, as is the right to terminate the membership
1.2. The duties of individual members:
a) Recognition of and adherence to the statutes of the VCACMS
b) Execution of the resolutions of the VCACMS; Execution of the tasks of the VCACMS and of delegated tasks
c) Participation in the events organised by the VCACMS for the public good
d) Prompt payment of the membership fees
e) Provision of voluntary donations for the benefit of the area of activity of the VCACMS, or assumption of the duty to raise capital for the VCACMS
2. Collective members:
2.1. The rights of collective members
a) To send delegates to the scientific events organised by the VCACMS in Switzerland and abroad
b) The right to use the VCACMS scientific materials
c) The right to obtain technical advice from the VCACMS, the right to obtain assistance from the VCACMS in the provision of training events and conferences.
d) The right to submit counter proposals and to inspection
e) The right to a free-of-charge edition of the VCACMS journal
2.2. The duties of collective members: identical to those of individual members
Art. 11: VCACMS membership certificates and appointment credentials are only valid with the VCACMS stamp.
Art. 12: Individual and collective members shall give notice of termination of their membership in writing and have a duty to return their membership certificate along with their letter of withdrawal. Valid reasons for withdrawal include the failure to pay the annual membership fee or a failure to participate in any event organised by the VCACMS over the course of a year; in these circumstances, a demand will be made for the return of the membership certificate. In the event of any serious violations of the statutes, the Board shall decide upon expulsion and shall demand the return of the membership certificate or the appointment credentials.
4. Organisation, election and joining procedures
Art. 13: The highest organ of the VCACMS is the general meeting of the Swiss membership nationwide. It is responsible for the following tasks:
Art. 14: The general meeting of members is only quorate if at least two thirds of the members are present. Resolutions shall only be passed with a simple majority of those present.
Art. 15: The general meeting of members is convened every two years. If any particular circumstances should make this necessary, the period between the general meetings of members can be made longer or shorter.
Art. 16: The Board is the executive organ of the general meeting of members and is answerable to the general meeting of members. It carries out the day-to-day business in between the general meetings of the membership.
Art. 17: The Board is responsible in particular for the following tasks:
Art. 18: The Board meets at least once every year. Under certain circumstances, the meeting of the Board can also be convened electronically, via the internet.
Art. 19: The President, Deputy President and Secretary must fulfil the following minimum requirements:
Art. 20: The President has the following powers:
Art. 22: The period of office of the leading members of the Board is normally 4 years. Under certain circumstances, the period of office can be extended, but this requires the agreement of at least two thirds of the general meeting of members.
5. Financing and utilising the assets of the Association
Art. 23: The income of the VCACMS is made up of:
Art. 24: The VCACMS raises appropriate levels of membership contributions. For a normal member, this amounts to CHF 100 per member per annum. Membership contributions for collective members are regulated separately.
Art. 25: The assets of the VCACMS are used solely to promote activities undertaken within the framework of the VCACMS or the professions associated with the VCACMS. The assets cannot be distributed to the members.
Art. 26: The assets are administered in accordance with the relevant statutory regulations. Regular accounts are issued for the bookkeeping function.
Art. 27: The use of the assets of VCACMS for purposes that are not within the scope of activity of the VCACMS or for personal gain is expressly forbidden.
6. Changing the statutes
Art. 28: Any changes to the statutes of the VCACMS require an application jointly signed by at least ten members. Once the business manager has checked and agreed the application, he or she submits it to the general meeting of members for discussion and a vote.
Art. 29: The Board has the sole right to interpret the statutes of the VCACMS.
Art. 30: These statutes came into effect on 9th June 2008. These statutes were approved at the inaugural meeting on 8th June 2008. In addition, ZGB, Art. 60 – 79 shall also apply