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  • Category: BSBS
  • Published: Wednesday, 14 October 2009 02:00
  • Written by Eonix RBSS Support
  • 14 Oct

Internal regulations Belgian Section of Breast Surgery

1. Constitution

The section was established on may 21th 2001
hereafter called the founding members:

Birgit CARLY
Jean-Marie NOGARET
Robert SACRE

2. Name

The name of this new section of the Belgian Royal Society for Surgery shall be Belgian Section of Breast Surgery. Since the Section is a subgroup of the Royal Belgian Society for Surgery, the Board of the Section delegates one representative on the Board of the Royal Belgian Society for Surgery. His mandate respects the bylaws of the Royal Belgian Society for Surgery.

3. Objectives

a. Principal

The Section aims to develop the speciality of breast surgery and to improve its quality in Belgium.
The Section aims to represent breast surgeons from Belgium.
Members of the Board will be delegated to establish and maintain relations with Belgian, European or other national and international organisations, societies and councils.

b. Scientific objectives

The scientific objectives of the Section are to improve knowledge of breast surgery and breast pathology.
Scientific meetings and workshops will be organised either for all members or for working groups. Scientific meetings of the Section will be organised in the context of the scientific program of the Belgian Royal Society for Surgery.
The Section will organise and support clinical or experimental studies in the field of breast surgery, following the rules specified in the appendix.
All scientific projects organised in the name of the Section and their results must be submitted to and approved by the scientific committee, before national or international presentation or publication.
Any Full member can submit a scientific project to the board of the Section. The rules in the appendix have to be respected, as well as for publications or presentations of a study project in name of the Section.

c. Extra-scientific objectives

Improved quality of breast surgery will be based on increasing knowledge and skills as well as on continuous survey and audit of training and practice.
The Section will make efforts to improve training in breast surgery. The Section will contribute to the selection and implementation of criteria (taking into account international criteria).
The Section will contribute to the survey (audit) of breast surgery in Belgium. These efforts will be performed in close collaboration with all councils, boards and governmental organisations already involved or having information.
The section promotes the recognition of breast surgery as an subspecialty in Belgium.

4. Board

The board includes the President, the General Secretary, the Assistant General Secretary, the Treasurer and three members of the scientific committee. The founding members compose the first board. It has to install and organise the Section. It is empowered to co-opt other members as required. After a transitory period of installation and organisation, the General Assembly of the Section will directly elect the Board.
The President will be replaced every two years. He will be nominated by the Board among the Full members and will be elected by the General Assembly. The outgoing President is not immediately re-eligible as President . He can be re-elected immediately in another function or as President after al least two years. An alternation between universities and linguistic communities will be respected.
The other Board members will be elected every three years. They must be Full members of the Section. Nominations should be submitted to the Board and supported by two Full members of the Section. Outgoing members are re-eligible. In case of absence of nomination from the membership, or in the event of resignation of a Board member before expiry, the Board will be empowered to fill the vacancy. The Board will also be empowered, at any time, to co-opt other members if required by any particular condition. In any way, all modifications should be submitted and approved by the next General Assembly of the Section.
The Board will include, at least, one representative of every of the 7 Belgian universities (KUL, RUG, UCL, UIA, ULB, ULG, VUB), either from an academic hospital or not.
The Board will meet whenever necessary and at least before the General Assembly and before every scientific meeting. The minutes of every Board meeting have to be sent only to the Board members.

5. General Assembly

The General Assembly is composed of all the Full and Ordinary members of the Section and is chaired by the president of the Section. The Assembly is held at least once a year.
The General Assembly may be called in meeting by the Board each time that it is judged useful or at the demand of a fifth of the members. The secretary addresses convocations by mail to the members at least thirty days prior to the meeting.
Full and Ordinary members can be represented by an other member in the General Assembly. Each attending member cannot represent more than one member.
Decisions are taken on a simple majority of votes and they are made known to all members. In case of a tied vote, that of the president will decide.
The General Assembly cannot deliberate unless at least half of its members are present or represented in the following cases

  • modification of internal regulations
  • revocation of board members
  • dissolving the section

6. Membership

Full member: can be Full member of the Section, the surgeon who

  • is member of the Royal Belgian Society for Surgery (titular, corresponding or ordinary member).
  • practises surgery in Belgium.
  • has more than 50 % of his activity devoted to breast surgery, or is largely renown as an expert in breast surgery.

Ordinary member: can be Ordinary member of the Section, the surgeon who

  • is member of the Royal Belgian Society for Surgery (titular, corresponding or ordinary member).
  • practises surgery in Belgium.
  • has an interest in breast surgery.Honorary member: can be Honorary member of the Section, anyone considered to have made an outstanding contribution in the field of breast diseases.
    Corporate member: any member of a company or organisation with an interest in breast diseases.
    All applicants for membership must be supported by two Full members, acting as referees, and directly submitted to the General Secretary on an individual basis. The Board has the final decision.

7. Scientific committee

The scientific committee will include three members of the Board, and several co-opted members, as to include at least one representative or every of the 7 academic hospitals. This committee will be in charge of all the scientific aspects of the Section, such as the control of multicentre studies and of the scientific papers or communications issued from the Section.

8. Finances

A part of the contribution to the Belgian Royal Society for Surgery of the Full and Ordinary members of the Section, will, in agreement with the Belgian Royal Society for Surgery, be attributed to the Section. The other financial resources of the Section exist in contributions of sympathisers and financial sponsorship.
In the event of dissolution of the Section, its assets shall go to the Belgian Royal Society for Surgery.

9. Amendments

A member in good standing may submit a proposed amendment to the Board at least sixty days prior to the annual meeting.