Statutes of the Society for Interprofessionalism in Healthcare e. V. (IP-HEALTH)

§ 1 Name, registered office, financial year

  1. The name of the association is "IP-HEALTH Gesellschaft für interprofessionelle Gesundheitsversorgung e.V.". It is entered in the register of associations.
  2. The association has its registered office in Berlin.
  3. The financial year of the association is the calendar year.

§ 2 Purpose

  1. The purpose of the association is to promote interprofessionalism in the healthcare sector.
  2. The purpose of the statutes are achieved in particular, but not conclusively, by
    1. the development and provision of interprofessional information and training materials as well as digital applications to promote holistic, patient-centred cooperation between all healthcare professionals
    2. supporting the implementation of interprofessionalism in healthcare
    3. the development, organisation, implementation and/or participation of/in scientific congresses, study programmes and projects to promote and further develop interprofessional cooperation
    4. the exchange of experience between science and practice at national and international level
  3. Funds of the association may only be used for the purposes set out in the statutes. Resigning members do not receive any payments from the association's funds.
  4. No person may be favoured by any expenses that are alien to the purpose of the Association or by disproportionately high remuneration.

§ 3 Acquiring membership

Any person mentioned under 1 to 5 can become a member of the association by submitting a written membership application to the board of directors.

  1. healthcare professionals or practitioners as well as specialists
  2. representatives of patient organisations
  3. health economists, health policy makers, digital media experts, social workers, psychologists and other professionals involved in improving integrated healthcare
  4. employees of health insurance companies, of pharmaceutical and other industries involved in improving integrated healthcare
  5. legal persons whose business focuses on the healthcare sector.
  6. the board of directors decides on the application for admission at its own discretion. If the application is rejected, it is not obliged to inform the applicant of the reasons for the rejection. Upon proposal of the board of directors, the general meeting may appoint honorary members for life.

§ 4 Termination of membership

  1. Membership ends by death, exclusion, removal from the membership list or resignation from the association.
  2. Resignation is effected by written notice to a member of the board of directors. Resignation can only be declared at the end of a financial year, subject to a notice period of two months.
  3. A member can be removed from the membership list by decision of the board of directors if, despite two written reminders, he or she is in arrears with the payment of membership dues or of levies. The removal may only be decided if two months have elapsed since the second reminder was sent and the removal was announced in this reminder. The decision of the board of directors on the removal must be communicated to the member.
  4. A member may be expelled from the association by decision of the board of directors if he or she culpably and grossly violates the interests of the association. Before the decision is made, the board of directors must give the member the opportunity to make an oral or written statement. The decision of the board of directors must be justified in writing and sent to the member. The member may appeal against the decision to the general meeting. The appeal must be lodged with the board of directors within one month of receipt of the decision. The general meeting shall make a final decision on the exclusion at the next meeting. The due course of law is reserved.

§ 5 Membership dues

  1. A membership due must be paid.
  2. The amount and payment date of the membership dues are determined by the contribution and remuneration regulation.
  3. Honorary members are exempt from the obligation to pay dues.

§ 6 Bodies of the association

Bodies of the association are the managing board, the extended board, the advisory board and the general meeting.

§ 7 Board of directors

  1. The board of directors consists of the managing board iSv. § 26 BGB (German Civil Code) and the extended board (assessor). The managing board of the association iSv. § 26 BGB consists of the chairperson, the deputy chairperson and the treasurer.
  2. The members of the board of directors are to broadly represent the fields of work listed in §3 of the statutes.
  3. The association is represented by the chairperson alone. Deputy chairperson and treasurer are jointly authorized to represent the association.
  4. The board of directors is exempt from the restrictions of §181 BGB.
  5. The board of directors is entitled to entrust one or more executive secretaries with the execution of the current association business. Further details are regulated in the executive secretary contract.
  6. Appropriate compensation may be paid for work carried out by the board of directors. Details are regulated by the contribution and remuneration regulations.

§ 8 Responsibility of the board of directors

  1. The managing board iSv. § 26 BGB is responsible for all matters of the association, unless they are transferred to another body of the association by the statutes. In particular, it has the following responsibilities:
    1. preparing and convoking the general meeting and setting the agenda;
    2. implementing decisions of the general meeting;
    3. preparing the budget, accounting, drawing up the annual report;
    4. deciding on the admittance and removal of members.
  2. The extended board (assessor) has further responsibilities. Details are regulated in the rules of procedure.

§ 9 Election and term of office of the board of directors

  1. The board of directors is elected by the general meeting for a period of four years beginning with the date of election. However, it remains in office until a new board of directors is elected. Each member of the board of directors is to be elected individually. Only members of the association can be elected as members of the board of directors. The office of a board member ends with the termination of his or her association membership.
  2. If a board member resigns prematurely, the board of directors may elect a successor for the remaining term of office of the resigning member.
  3. Additional assessors may be elected at the annual general meeting.

§ 10 Meetings and decisions of the board of directors

  1. The board of directors takes decisions in meetings convoked by the chairperson of the board or, in his or her absence, by the deputy chairperson. The meetings can be held online or by telephone. The agenda does not need to be announced. The convocation period is 10 days. The period begins on the day after dispatch.
  2. The board of directors constitutes a quorum if at least two members of the managing board and one third of the extended board are present. Decisions are made based on a majority of the valid votes cast; in the event of a voting tie the vote of the chairperson or, in his or her absence, that of the deputy chairperson is decisive.
  3. The board of directors may decide in written procedure if all members of the board agree.

§ 11 Advisory board

  1. The board of directors may appoint an advisory board. The members of the advisory board do not have to be members of the association. Details are regulated by the advisory board regulations.

§ 12 General meeting

  1. Each member has one vote in the general meeting. Another member may be authorised in writing to exercise the right to vote. The authorisation must be issued separately for each general meeting; however, a member may not represent more than three other members' votes.
  2. The general meeting has the following responsibilities:
    1. approving the budget for the next financial year drawn up by the board of directors; receiving the annual report of the board of directors; discharging the board of directors;
    2. determining admission fees, membership dues and levies;
    3. election and dismissal of the members of the board of directors;
    4. deciding on amendments concerning the statutes and on the disbanding of the association;
    5. deciding on appealing against an expulsion decision;
    6. appointment of honorary members

§ 13 Convocation of the general meeting

  1. The ordinary general meeting takes place once a year. It is convoked by the chairperson of the board of directors with a two-week notice period in writing by email, including the agenda. The notice period begins on the day after dispatch of the invitation letter. The invitation letter is considered received by the member if it is sent to the last email address provided to the association by the member. The agenda is set by the board of directors.
  2. Each member can request an addition to the agenda in writing to the chairperson of the board of directors no later than one week before a general meeting. The chairperson of the meeting must announce the addition at the beginning of the general meeting.
  3. The general meeting decides on requests for additions to the agenda that are made during general meetings.

§ 14 Extraordinary general meeting

  1. An extraordinary general meeting is to be convoked by the board of directors if it is of the associations' interest or if one fifth of the members request this in writing to the board of directors, stating the purpose and the reasons.

§ 15 Decision of the general meeting

  1. The general meeting is chaired by the chairperson of the board of directors, or, if he or she is unable to attend, by the deputy chairperson. If both the chairperson and the deputy chairperson are unable to attend, the meeting will be chaired by another member of the board of directors. If no member of the board of directors is present, the general meeting will appoint the chairperson of the meeting. In case of elections, the chairing of the meeting may be delegated to an election committee for the duration of the election and the preceding discussion. The chairperson of the meeting appoints a minute taker.
  2. The type of election is determined by the chairperson of the meeting. An election must be conducted in writing if one third of the eligible voting members participating in the meeting request so.
  3. Every duly convoked general meeting constitutes a quorum.
  4. The general meeting decides on the statutes and the rules of the association with a 3/4 majority, on the rules of procedure and the election rules with a simple majority.
  5. In elections, a candidate who has received more than half of the valid votes cast is elected. If no one has received more than half of the valid votes cast, a run-off vote is held between the two candidates who received most votes. The candidate who receives most votes will then be elected. If the number of votes is equal, the candidate will be assigned by lot, drawn by the chairperson of the meeting.
  6. Minutes are to be taken of decisions of the general meeting. They are to be signed by the respective minute taker and the chairperson of the meeting.

§ 16 Disbanding of the association

  1. The disbanding of the association can only be decided in a general meeting with a majority of three quarters of the valid votes cast.
  2. Unless the general meeting decides otherwise, the chairperson of the board of directors, or if he or she is prevented from doing so the deputy chairperson together with the treasurer, are authorised liquidators.

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