By-laws of Pan-Pacific Continence Society Approved by the PPCS Organizing Committee in October 8, 2016 at Beijing, China
Article 1. N
ame, location and representation
Section 1.1. Name
The name of the organization is the PAN- PACIFIC CONTINENCE SOCIETY (PPCS, hereinafter the Society).
Section 1.2. Address
Normally it is located in the area of residence of the President. The office of the Society can be determined by the Steering Committee of the Society.
Section 1.3. Language
English is the official language of the Society and is used for all Society purposes.
Section 1.4. Composition and Representation
The Society consists of individual members with a major professional interest in the area of lower urinary tract function: he or she can be a local continence society member, or can be an individual clinician or scientist recognized for their involvement in LUT research. To gain its goals and achievements, the Society extends to countries in Pan-Pacific region.
Article 2. Objects and Activities
Section 2.1: Purpose
The Society intends to contribute to the development of science in all aspects of lower urinary tract function and dysfunction through research and exchange of information in the medical science, and to share friendship among members.
Section 2.2. Activities
The Society carries out the following activities to achieve its purpose.
1. Holding scientific meetings and other relevant meetings.
2. Issuing the official Society journal (LUTS), newsletters, and books.
3. Carrying out research and providing guidelines concerning any aspect of lower urinary tract function and dysfunction.
4. Taking care of international relations with other societies.
5. Managing the homepage of the Society.
6. Other activities which are deemed to be necessary by the resolution of the Steering Committee.
Article 3. Membership
Section 3.1. Members
The society consists of individuals or organizations that subscribe to the purpose, and can be comprised of regular member, associate member, special member, and honorary member.
1. Regular member
Any medical specialists or holders of doctorate degree in lower urinary tract function and dysfunction who register as a member of the Society at the official homepage, and who subscribe to the purpose of the Society, will enjoy all rights and privileges of the Society as defined by the rules. Regular membership is contingent upon timely payment of annual dues.
2. Associate member
Anyone who intends to contribute to research and to subscribe to our purpose among clinicians, fellows in training, nurses, physician assistants, data managers, or any other clinical specialists or basic scientists having a major interest in field of lower urinary tract function and dysfunction, and pays the required membership dues.
3. Special member
Anyone who is acknowledged by the Society to have significantly contributed to its development, and who subscribes to the purpose of the society among individuals, incorporations, companies or organizations, and makes monetary contribution of required amount.
4. Honorary member
Those members who are retired or more than 65 years old, and who continue to maintain a keen interest in this field with a history of significant contribution to the Society, can become Honorary Members. It is exempt from all membership fees for the rest of the member’s life by approval of the Steering Committee with recommendation of each constituent regional society.
Section 3.2: Approval of membership
Any applicant for membership should have qualifications as stipulated in Section 3.1, and have approval of the Steering Committee, and should go through the required registration procedure.
Article 4. Membership dues
Section 4.1. Annual dues
Annual dues for all categories of membership are determined by the Steering Committee. Payment of annual dues entitles the regular member to vote, hold office, and get the society journal or newsletter, and other benefits of membership.
Section 4.2. Payment of dues
Annual dues are to be paid in the process of registration of annual congress or through each affiliated regional society.
Section 4.3. Termination of membership
Membership in the society may be terminated by nonpayment of dues. Non-payment is defined as greater than 2 years in arrears. The general council may terminate any member who does not comply with the society’s policy and procedures of the society.