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CONSTITUTION OF WORLD FEDERATION OF CHINESE MEDICINE SOCIETIES
(Amended Draft)
 
CHAPTER 1 GENERAL RULES
 
Article 1, The name of the organization is the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies and its abbreviation is WFCMS.
 
Article 2, WFCMS is an international non-profit academic organization and mainly composed on a volunteer basis of groups, institutions and ethnic medical groups, of which domains are Chinese medicine and pharmacy as well as the integration of Chinese medicine and Western medicine in the countries (regions) all over the world.
 
Article 3, The objectives of WFCMS are as follows: first, we seek to promote the exchange and cooperation among Chinese Medicine societies as well as the cooperation between Chinese Medicine and other medicines of the world. Second, in order to inherit and develop Chinese medicine and pharmacy, we seek to promote the professional level of medical practitioners of Chinese Medicine by strengthening academic exchanges, information dissemination, and achievement exchanges. Third, we seek to bring Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy into health care systems of other countries by accelerating the process of modernization, internationalization and standardization of Chinese Medicine, which makes greater contribution to the health of the mankind
 
Article 4, The headquarters of WFCMS is located in Beijing, China.
 
CHAPTER 2 BUSINESS AND SERVICE
 
The business and service of WFCMS are:
1, To concentrate on the study, formulation, publication and promotion of the international organizational standards relevant to Chinese medicine and pharmacy; to cooperate with relevant international standardization agencies to expand the influence and promotion of the standards; to regulate the administration of Chinese medicine and pharmacy, to enhance the international status of Chinese medicine and pharmacy and in order to develop Chinese medicine and pharmacy in all countries (and regions) in a healthy and orderly way.
 
2, To help member societies acquaint with the history, the present status and the future development of Chinese medicine and pharmacy, to conduct strategic research and regulation on the issue of internationalization of Chinese medicine and pharmacy, to explore methods and approaches for Chinese medicine and pharmacy to access into the health care system of all countries.
 
3, To promote positive cooperation and exchanges of Chinese medicine and pharmacy with regards to medical service, teaching and scientific research in all countries; to enhance the academic performance of Chinese medicine and pharmacy through the provision of medical service, running schools and scientific research institutions, etc., in order to effectively spread the knowledge and culture of Chinese medicine and pharmacy.
 
4, To enable the all-dimensional and multi-layers network of exchange and cooperation to take shape by taking advantage of modern IT and network technology. To give an impetus to services and productions of Chinese medicine and pharmacy enter into the international market of medical health care and help the unique medical care model and value of Chinese medicine and pharmacy gradually understood and accepted by the international society.
 
5, To start the international education, tests and trainings of Chinese medicine and pharmacy in various forms such as making training schedules, establishing training mechanism, starting training courses, distance education, distance diagnosis and qualification tests, so as to enhance the quality and academic level of professionals.
 
6, To cooperate and collaborate with all other medicines and pharmacies of the world; to learn from others´ strong points to offset one´s weaknesses in order to achieve mutual improvement.
 
7, To preserve the legal rights and interests of member societies and stimulate Chinese medicine and pharmacy to access into health care systems of all countries.
 
8, To award groups or individuals that make contributions to the international communication of Chinese medicine and pharmacy under the approval of relevant authorities.
 
9, To run other necessary business and service conformed to objectives of WFCMS.
 
CHAPTER 3 MEMBERSHIP
 
Article 6, WFCMS is composed of group members of Chinese medicine and pharmacy and individual members.
 
Article 7, Categories of members and conditions for membership:
 
1, Group members:
(1). Group members’ application for joining WFCMS should be based on volunteer action. When any applicant becomes a member, it should obey the rule of WFCMS, pay membership dues and work positively for WFCMS.
(2). Any Group member should be a registered social group or a medical, educational or scientific institution, etc. in its own country.
(3). An applicant institution or group should be constituted for at least one year and includes at least 30 members. (The accession condition could be relaxed for the country or region where all applicants do not meet the requirement of including at least 30 members for particular reasons such as fewer professionals in Chinese medicine and pharmacy or other non-artificial reasons.)
(4). An applicant member should have its own working place.
(5). An applicant member should have a constitution conformed with its local relevant rules and regulations.
(6). An applicant member should have fund to start its activities.
(7). Major members of an applicant member that applies for a group member of WFCMS should meet at least one of the conditions as follows:
A. They should have registered certificates issued by relevant authorities or they should be a registered physician of Chinese medicine, a pharmacist of Chinese medicine, an acupuncturist, or a massagist.
B. They should have worked in the profession of Chinese medicine and pharmacy in the countries or regions where Chinese medicine and pharmacy is legal, and acquire qualification certificates of physician of Chinese medicine, pharmacist of Chinese medicine, acupuncturist or massagist and though they are working in the country or region where Chinese medicine and pharmacy is yet to be recognized.
C. They should be registered physicians of western medicine, or pharmacists who received systematic training of Chinese medicine and pharmacy (acupuncture), or are in the professions of Chinese medicine and pharmacy or the integration of Chinese medicine (pharmacy) and Western medicine (pharmacy).
(8). Specifically, Group members are: members of Chinese medicine and pharmacy, and members of the integration of Chinese and Western medicine.
A. The members of Chinese medicine and pharmacy refer to the members that meet the conditions of Article 7,1,(7),A or B
B. The members of the integration of Chinese and Western medicine refer to the members that meet the conditions of Article 7, 1, (7), C.
 
2, Individual members
(1). Honorary member
Honorary member refers to a well-known person in the international society who devotes into the course of Chinese medicine and pharmacy and makes extraordinary contributions to the internationalization of Chinese medicine and pharmacy, especially to the development of WFCMS, thus rewarded titles of honour by WFCMS. Honorary members are not required to pay dues.
(2). Senior member
Senior member refers to that who was in the position of members of Council of WFCMS or executive members of the Board of Supervisors for more than two terms, but now still devotes to the international communications of Chinese medicine and pharmacy and willing to contribute to the development of WFCMS despite of no longer representing his/her former society for particular reasons.
Senior member should have been in the profession of the integration of Chinese and Western medicine for more than 30 years, with certain deep academic achievement and some impact in his/her country or region, and have made extraordinary contribution to the development and the international communication of Chinese medicine and pharmacy. Senior member should obey the constitution of WFCMS and pay dues.
(3). Member of project cooperation
Member of project cooperation refers to that who conducts the public welfare activity of Chinese medicine and pharmacy or relevant activity, establishes long term cooperative relation with WFCMS, and contributes to the international communication of Chinese medicine and pharmacy. Members of project cooperation should obey the constitution of WFCMS and pay dues.
(4). Public-spirited member
Public-spirited member refers to that who is warm-hearted in social public activity and volunteers to contribute to the international communication of Chinese medicine and pharmacy though he/she is not able to access into the Federation in the name of group member for particular reasons. Public-spirited members should obey the constitution of WFCMS, pay dues and participate in the activities of WFCMS positively.
 
Article 8, Admission procedures
1.      Applicants for admission should submit written application to the secretariat and provide following files:
(1). Filled vetting files and the curriculum vitae of the chief of society, deputy chief of society and the secretariat (attaching respective bareheaded personal photographs)
(2). Completely Filled registration files of overall members of society.
(3). Copy of registration license of society
(4). Filled admission application form and performance form, for the people who apply for the membership of project cooperation or public-spirited membership. Filled performance form, for honorary members and senior members.
(5). Registration fees in lump sum (cost fee included).
 
2.      Group membership together with the membership of project cooperation and public-spirited membership will be granted to that who wins more than half of votes from the standing Council via conference voting or vote-by-mail method after they pass the vetting by the secretariat. Senior membership, based on one’s initial application, will be granted by Presidium Conference, which also takes the opinion raised by the secretariat on the applicant into account. Honorary membership, the nominee for which is recommended by the secretariat, will be approved by Presidium Conference.
 
3.      Membership certificates are issued by different categories, namely group membership, honorary membership, senior membership, membership of project cooperation and public-spirited membership, and certificates renew every four years. The certificate for group members will be marked with the symbol of ‘Group Members of WFCMS’ in a conspicuous place on the cover, stamped in the interior of the certificate, and renewed every four years.
 
 
Article 9, When the group which does not meet the conditions in Article 7, such as the professional group of non-Chinese medicine and pharmacy whose business is related to Chinese medicine and pharmacy to some extent applies for admission, it has to win over 2/3 votes of the standing Council for admission.
 
Article 10, Each of the following rights is shared by group members, senior members, members of project cooperation and public-spirited members, and the fourth, fifth and sixth of the following rights are shared by honorary members:
1.      The right to elect and induct representatives by regulated percentage into members’ Congress.
2.      The right to elect, to be elected and to vote.
3.      The right to criticize, to advise and to supervise the work of WFCMS.
4.      The priority to participate in world academic conferences on Chinese medicine and pharmacy, academic seminars and other activities and the right to enjoy preferential treatment of these activities.
5.      The priority to acquire latest information and data provided by WFCMS through stable associations with WFCMS.
6.      The freedom to join and to withdraw from the Federation.
 
Article 11, Obligations of members are:
1.      To obey the constitution of WFCMS, to participate positively in the activities organized by WFCMS, to complete the assignment from WFCMS, to implement the resolution of WFCMS and to keep WFCMS integrated together.
2.      To pay dues.
3.      To give an impetus for Chinese medicine and pharmacy to enter into the health care system in all countries, and to maintain the legal rights and interests and international reputation of WFCMS.
4.      To spread the application of the standard of Chinese medicine and pharmacy international organizations regulated by WFCMS.
5.      To reflect opinions, to pose suggestion, to report work and to provide relevant files and information to WFCMS. Each group member is supposed to submit an annual work report each year.
 
Article, 12 When a member decides to withdraw from the Federation, it should make a written application and submit to the secretariat. The secretariat will take back its membership license, cancel its membership, inform the standing Council and publish the information on the website of WFCMS or via media.
 
Article, 13 Under either of the following condition, one’s membership will be closed and a notice will be published on the website of WFCMS. The closure of one’s membership must be approved by more than half of the votes on Presidium Conference before it comes to effect.
1.      Absence from activities of WFCMS for accumulated two years.
2.      Not to carry out members’ obligations
3.      Serious violation of the constitution or the objectives of WFCMS.
 
 
CHAPTER 4 ORGANS AND DESIGNATION, DISMISSION AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS
 
Members’ Congress
 
Article 14, WFCMS establishes five levels of personnel, namely, president, vice-President (including Secretary General), standing members of the Council, members of the Council and representatives of members. Members’ Congress is the supreme authority. The persons in charge of the WFCMS are President, Vice-President and Secretary General.
 
The quota allocation of representatives of members: the quota of representatives of members is based on the actual number of members of each group recorded in the Member Registration Form kept by the secretariat of WFCMS. The group with less than 100 people elects one representative; the group with between 101-500 people elects 2 representatives; the group with between 501-1000 people elects 3 representatives; the group with between 1001-2000 people elects 4 representatives; the group with between 2001-5000 people elects 5 representatives; the group with between 5001-10000 people elects 6 representatives. One group, whose personnel number should be subject to the number registered in the secretariat of WFCMS, can elect up to 6 representatives. Without taking up the representative quota of each group, senior individual members, members of project cooperation and honorary members can also be representatives by being recommended by the last president but its number does not exceed 10.
 
Article 16, Members’ Congress is attended by official representatives, specifically-invited representatives and nonvoting representatives, and will not be held unless more than 1/2 of representatives attend it. The resolution of the Congress will not come into force unless it wins over half of the votes of attended official representatives
 
Article 17, Members’ Congress, with a term of four years, may be held together with World Congress of Chinese Medicine, or may be held alone. The advance or postpone of the Congress caused by special reasons should be decided by the voting of Presidium Conference, vetted by business authority in charge and approved by organization registration and management authority. But the period of either advance or postpone do not exceed one year.
 
Article 18, The member which applies for hosting the next Members’ Congress is required to submit a written application two years prior to the next Congress, to fill an application form and then to elaborate its reasons for application in the current Congress. The location and the organizer of the next Members’ Congress will be confirmed and announced after the Council’s voting, and the organizer will sign an agreement with the secretariat of WFCMS. If two or more groups bid for the next Congress, the one which wins more votes over the other or others becomes the organizer. If the organizer which wins the bidding becomes unable to host the next Congress for particular reasons, it must submit a written report to the secretariat one year prior to the next Congress.
 
Article 19, Duties of members’ Congress are:
1.To formulate and revise the constitution.
2.To deliberate the work report and financial report of the preceding council.
3.To elect members of the Council, standing members of the Council, vice-President, president, Secretary General, Treasurer, president and vice-President of the Board of Supervisors and Executive Committee members.
4.To deliberate the working plan of current board of supervisors.
5.To determine other affair established to be deliberated by members’ Congress.
 
The Council and the Standing Council
 
Article 20, When members’ Congress is not in session, the Council and the Standing Council operate as the authority of members’ Congress. The Council is accountable to Members’ Congress and held at least one plenary meeting annually. The Standing Council is held annually at least one meeting, which may be held together with the Council meeting, may be held alone, or may be held via network conference. To deal with emergency, ad hoc meetings can be temporarily held or network meeting can be adopted to conduct voting on relevant affairs.
 
Article 21, The Council of WFCMS is composed of the personnel as follows: President, Vice-President, Secretary General, Executive Committee members of Presidium, standing members of the Council and members of the Council. All of the above personnel serve four years for a term.
 
Article 22, Based on the recommendation from candidates’ societies, the selection of candidates for President, Vice-President, Secretary General, Executive Committee members of Presidium, standing members of the Council, members of the Council, president of the Board of Supervisors, vice-president of the Board of Supervisors and the Executive Committee members will take balanced considerations into account, such as regions, groups, majors and ages, etc. The list of candidates will be initially raised by the secretariat, then decided by Presidium Conference, and voted by Members’ Congress with non-competitive election. The ones who receive over 1/2 of the votes win the election. The first session of the Council candidates is designated through negotiation between launching societies.
 
Article 23, The Council renews every four years and all the members of the Council could be re-elected and redesignated with the principles that redesignation should be no more than two terms and candidates’ age should be less than 70 years old. If one has to extend his/her term of office for reasons, he/she will be subject to the opinion of the secretariat, discussed by Presidium Conference, vetted by business authority in charge and approved by organization administration and management authority prior to his/her candidacy is voted by Members’ Congress.
 
When it occurs a vacancy for vice-President, Executive Committee members of Presidium, standing members of the Council and members of the Council, appropriate candidates should be nominated within the country, region or the continent where the vacancy is and vetted by the secretariat. The candidate will be confirmed by voting of Presidium Conference and be elected in the annual council conference.
 
Article 24, Over half of members of the Council are required to attend annual council conference, whose resolutions will not come to effect unless they are approved by over half of the attended members by voting. In order to relieve participants’ burden and to improve work efficiency, conferences (excluding the Council conference) will be usually held via network conference to deal with cases (with the exception that major matters occur). Any resolution will be regarded as being approved if no one objects to it within the timeframe.
 
Article 25, Members of the Council of WFCMS are required to meet the following conditions:
1.      Their societies must be members of WFCMS, or they themselves are one of the following: senior members, members of project cooperation or public-spirited members. They should have some impacts upon WFCMS, their resident countries and regions, devote into the international development of Chinese medicine and pharmacy, volunteer to work for the development for WFCMS with spirits of sacrifice and endeavour, and be capable of organizing and conducting social activities.
2.      As members of the Council or standing members of the Council, ones should publish a paper in journals annually. As Vice-President or Executive Committee members of Presidium, ones should work out a research report and submit to the Council through the secretariat.
3.      They should participate in conferences of WFCMS and start work with sufficient time and economic guarantee.
4.      They should not be over 70 years old.
5.      They should be healthy to do average work.
 
Article 26, Duties of the Council are:
1.      To serve the function instead of Members’ Congress when Members’ Congress is not in session
(1). To select the organizer and conference location of the next Members’ Congress.
(2). To by-elect the personnel superior to council members and Executive Committee members of the Board of Supervisors.
2. To vet and approve the standards for international organization formulated by WFCMS.
3. To vet and approve the list of reward.
4. To make decisions on the major issues of the international development of Chinese medicine and pharmacy, and the development of WFCMS by analyzing situation and researching strategy.
6. To implement other major matters to be decided by the Council.
 
Article 27, Duties of the Standing Council are:
1.      To vet the issue of absorbing new members.
2.      To vet and approve the plan proposed by each professional committee.
3.      To vet and read planned major projects.
4.      To implement other matters to be decided by the Standing Council.
 
Presidium
 
Article 28, Presidium is the leading core of the Council and the Standing Council and it is accountable for Members’ Congress, the Council and the Standing Council. Presidium meeting, which is presided by President and participated by Vice-President, Secretary General and Executive Committee members of Presidium, will be held from time to time subject to the need of work
 
Article 29, Duties of Presidium are:
1.      To implement the resolution of members’ Congress of the Executive Committee, the Standing Council and the Council.
2.      To vet and decide the candidate of President, Vice-President, Secretary General, members of Executive Committee of Presidium, the standing Council, the Council, the president of the Board of Supervisors, the vice-President of the Board of Supervisors and the member of Executive Committee, and to submit the decision to Members’ Congress for election.
3.      To decide the important matters in daily work, such as the closure of membership, the advance and postpone of the opening of Members’ Congress, the conference location of the Council, the Standing Council and the annual World Congress of Chinese Medicine, etc.
4.      To make decisions on the appointment of deputy secretary, committee members of Advanced Specialists Advisory Committee and Consultative Committee.
 
Vice-Presidents and members of Executive Committee of Presidium
 
Article 30, Duties of vice-Presidents and members of Executive Committee of Presidium
1.      Duties of vice-Presidents are:
(1). To assist President’s work
(2). To lead the development of Chinese medicine and pharmacy in his/her resident continents or countries (regions), especially to promote the legalization of Chinese medicine and pharmacy so as to lay foundation for the long-term development of Chinese medicine and pharmacy.
(3). To submit research report regularly on the development of Chinese medicine and pharmacy in his/her resident continents or countries (regions) to President.
(4). To organize positively and participate in the activities related to Chinese medicine and pharmacy in his/her residential continents or countries (regions).
(5). To submit topics for discussion to Presidium, to provide references to other topics, and to participate decision-making by voting.
2. Duties of members of the Executive Committee of Presidium are:
(1). To assist the work of President of his/her continent, countries (regions), and especially to promote the legalization of Chinese medicine and pharmacy in the resident countries.
(2). To gather the information of Chinese medicine and pharmacy in his/her resident continent, countries (regions), to regularly report the development of the Chinese medicine and pharmacy of his/her resident countries to vice-Presidents.
(3). To organize and participate in the activities relevant to Chinese medicine and pharmacy
 
President
Article 31, Duties of President are:
1.      To participate in important activities on behalf of WFCMS and to sign relevant documents
2.      To assemble and preside conferences of Presidium, the Standing Council and the Council.
3.      To direct and inspect the work of vice-President and the Executive Committee of Presidium.
 
Article 32, When the presidency is vacant, Vice-President will be elected from the standing committee as acting president until the next President is normally elected.
 
Article 33, The legal representative of WFCMS could be undertaken by President, Vice-Presidents or Secretary General if necessary
 
The Board of Supervisors
Article 34, Duties of the Board of Supervisors, which is the internal inspecting organ of WFCMS, are to conduct inspection of Presidium, the Standing Council, decision making procedure of the committee, members of the committee, the secretariat, group members and individual members of WFCMS, and advise on dealing with the group members and individual members which violates the constitution and resolution of the Federation.
 
Article 35, The Board of Supervisors is composed of 17-21 persons, with one president of the Board of Supervisors, 5-7 vice-Presidents, 10-15 members of Executive Committee. Executive members of the committee of the Board of Supervisors may participate in the Standing Council, vice-president of the Board of Supervisors may participate in Presidium Conference, and the president of the Board of Supervisors may participate in presidents’ conference, during which he/she enjoys the treatment of vice-President and is free to propose and to vote.
 
Article 36, The condition for members of the Board of Supervisors:
1.      Members’ societies must be members of WFCMS, or they themselves are one of the following members: senior members, members of project cooperation or public-spirited members.
2.      They, as individuals, should be upright, with a good social reputation and without bad record.
 
The secretariat
Article 37, WFCMS establishes an organization for daily work – the secretariat, including one Secretary General and several deputy secretaries general. The working office of the secretariat is located in Beijing, China.
 
Article 38, Duties of the secretariat of WFCMS are: to handle with daily work of WFCMS under the leadership of the Council; to draft working plan and to implement.
 
Article 39, The secretariat adopts the secretariat assuming responsibility. Secretary General is in charge of the daily work of the secretariat and responsible for members’ Congress in session and responsible for Presidium, the Standing Council, and the Council off session. Deputy Secretary Generals, accountable for Secretary General, are required to assist Secretary General. When the position of Secretary General is vacant, an interim secretary, nominated by President and approved by the Council, comes to preside over daily work until a new Secretary General is inaugurated.
 
Article 40, Duties of Secretary General:
1.      By the duties and objectives endowed by the constitution, Secretary General should lead the secretariat to start work, to gather information, to study strategy, so as to formulate plans, to propose implementing plan and to organize the implementation.
2.      Secretary General should report to member’s Congress, the Council, the Standing Council and Presidium of WFCMS. Secretary General should propose annual plans, make proposal for major matters, formulate regulation of work and submit proposals to relevant conferences. Secretary General should organize the implementation of the approved proposals.
3.      Secretary General should be responsible for the communication and coordination with relevant institutions.
4.      Secretary General should nominate deputy Secretary Generals, members of Advanced Specialists Advisory Committee and members of Consultative Committee.
5.      Secretary General should decide the employment of staffs of the secretariat and the organs of the secretariat.
6.      Secretary General should handle with other daily matters related to the secretariat.
 
Article 41, Deputy Secretary General is categorized into full-time deputy Secretary General and part-time deputy Secretary General. Nominated by Secretary General, the full-time deputy Secretary General is designated through the discussion on Presidium Conference. Part-time deputy Secretary General is directly employed by Secretary General if necessary.
 
Article 42, Treasurer, as the assistant of Secretary General, is undertaken by the deputy Secretary General who is charge of finance in the secretariat. The duties of Treasurer are:
1.      To manage the property, supply and expenditure of WFCMS.
2.      To make annual drafts of budget and final accounts, term drafts of budget and final accounts to be approved by the Standing Council or members’ Congress.
3.      To formulate the system of financial revenue and expenditure and to inspect items of financial revenue and expenditure.
 
Deposition
Article 43, President, Vice Presidents, Secretary General, members of the Executive Committee of Presidium, standing members of the Council, members of the Council who seriously violate the constitution or the resolution of WFCMS without heeding others’ warning, or who are convicted, should be deposed.
 
The procedure of deposition is: the secretariat verifies the offense report against someone prior to submitting it to the Board of Supervisors for discussion and decision. Approved by the Council, the decision to depose will be published.
 
 
CHAPTER 5 HONORARY POSITIONS AND SEPCIAL-ENGAGED POSITIONS
 
Article 44, In order to encourage those who have greatly contributed to the inception and development of WFCMS, WFCMS establishes honorary positions, including honorary president, honorary Vice-President, honorary members of Executive Committee of Presidium, honorary standing members of the Council and honorary members of the Council.
 
Article 45, Honorary positions are nominated by the secretariat, approved by the conference of Presidium and may serve for successive terms. Four years for a term.
 
Article 46, The one who exercise special functions at work can be appointed to special-engaged positions. WFCMS establishes special-engaged positions, which are nominated by the secretariat, approved by the conference of Presidium and may serve for successive terms. Four years for a term.
 
CHAPTER 6 ADVANCED SPECIALISTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE
 
Article 47, WFCMS establishes Advanced Specialists Advisory Committee, which is nominated by the secretariat and then approved in the conference of Presidium. The duty of Advanced Specialists Advisory Committee is to direct and support the work of WFCMS. Members of the Advanced Specialists Advisory Committee may attend conferences of the Council as nonvoting members. Its vice-president may attend conferences of the Standing Council as nonvoting members and its president may attend conferences of Presidium as nonvoting members.
 
CHAPTR 7 SPECIALTY COMMITTEES AND WORKING COMMITTEES (GUIDANCE COMMITTEES)
 
Specialty Committees
Article 49, WFCMS establishes Specialty Committees. The function of Specialty Committees is to communicate WFCMS to specialists of respective subjects and specialties. The mission of Specialty Committees is to provide stages for academic seminars, technological communications, spread of productions, trainings, cooperation organization, information sharing of respective subjects and specialties.
 
Article 50, The basic condition for inception of Specialty Committees:
1. A Special Committee should be based on the differentiation of subjects, of which development are stable and oriented.
2. A Special Committee should have a stable group of specialists.
3. Organizations and individuals, which join respective specialties, should be sufficiently funded to conduct in activities.
 
Article 51, Each Specialty Committees may establish one chief of committee, one Secretary General, several deputy chiefs of committee, deputy Secretary General, standing members of council and members of council. The position of chief of council should be undertaken by internationally well-known specialty with profound academic attainment, high moral standard and good reputation. The position of Secretary General should be undertaken by young or middle-aged specialty with sufficient experience, strong ability to organize and with the spirit of endeavour. The positions are designated by elections and renewed every four years.
 
Article 52, Each Specialty Committees holds at least one convention every year. Each Specialty Committees should submit an annual work report each year.
 
Consultative Committee (Guidance Committee)
WFCMS establishes Consultative Committees or guidance committees
Article 53, Consultative Committee (Guidance Committee) is constituted by specialties who familiar with his/her respective specialties. The responsibilities of the committee are to demonstrate the important decisions of work, systems of standards, work plans, crucial technologies and implementing plans, to propose and to implement.
 
Article 54, The structure and managerial methods of Consultative Committee (Guidance Committee) are conducted with reference to Specialty Committees.
 
Article 55, Work conferences of Consultative Committee (Guidance Committee) are held unregularly in accordance with the practical need.
 
CHAPTER 8 ACADEMIC CONFERENCES
 
Article 56, World Congress of Chinese Medicine, sponsored by WFCMS, is held every year. It may be held together with the Council conference (or members’ Congress), or may be held alone.
 
Article 57, The member which applies for hosting World Congress of Chinese Medicine is required to submit a written application two years prior to the Conference, to fill an application form and to elaborate its reasons for application in Presidium Conference. The location and the organizer of the conference will be confirmed and announced after Presidium Conference votes, and the organizer will sign an agreement with the secretariat of WFCMS.
 
Article 58, World Congress of Chinese Medicine should represent both the supreme level of the academic development of Chinese medicine and pharmacy and the latest achievement of the development of Chinese medicine and pharmacy technology.
 
Article 59, Member units and Specialty Committees are encouraged by WFCMS to hold regional academic conferences for practical need in appropriate time, so as to enhance academic atmosphere and advance the development of the course.
 
CHAPTER 9 MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATES
 
Article 60, WFCMS issues membership certificates to its official members (including group members, Specialty Committees members, senior members, members of project cooperation, honorary members and public-spirited members).
 
Article 61, Membership certificates are categorized into two, the certificate for group members and the certificate carried by individuals
 
Article 62, Membership certificates are made and issued by the secretariat in unison. They are re-registered and renewed in each term.
 
Article 63, Membership certificates should be in careful custody and should not be altered, borrowed, rented or transferred.
 
CHAPTER 10 EMBLEM
 
Article, 64 The emblem of WFCMS is composed of three concentric circles. The innermost one is a map of the world against the background of yin yang chart. The middle one consists of two parts on blue ground--the upper half is the acronym for World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) written in white; the lower half is made up of a green pattern close to the inner circle and a pattern of Great Wall close to the outer circle. Full name of the WFCMS is presented in English and Chinese respectively in the upper and lower half of the outermost circle. 
 
CHAPTER 11 AMENDING PROCEDURE OF THE CONSTITUTION
 
Article, 65 The amendment of the constitution of the WFCMS can only come into force after a series of procedures. After an extensive solicitation of opinions, the secretariat will propose the draft of amendment, which later goes to be vetted by the business authority in charge and approved by organization administration and management authority. Deliberated by the Council, the draft will be submitted to members’ Congress for approval.
 
CHAPTER 12 FUNDS, ASESTABLISHES MANAGEMENT AND PRINCIPLES OF USE
 
Article, 66 Source of funds for the WFCMS:
1. Membership fees
2. Personal, social and group contributions
3. Governmental subsidies
4. Earnings from programs, business activities or services carried out by the WFCMS 5. Interests
6. Other legitimate income
 
Article, 67 Members of the Council who do not take full-time participation in the daily work of the secretariat provide only obligation service.
 
Article, 68 The WFCMS establishes a strict system of financial management, in order to guarantee the legitimacy, correctness, accuracy and completeness of accounting information.
 
Article, 69 The WFCMS employs accounting personnel with professional qualifications. Accountants should not work as cashiers in the meantime. Accounting personnel should conduct accounting calculation, carry out accounting supervision, and improve the efficiency of the use of funds according to relevant laws and regulations. When an accountant is transferred or removed from office, handing over procedures should be conducted with taking-over personnel according to relevant regulations.
 
Article, 70 Assets management of the WFCMS abides by the finance and materials management system prescribed by the Chinese government, receiving supervision from the treasury and finance sectors. Assets that come from governmental allocation, social donation or subsidy should be supervised and reviewed by auditing authorities. Besides, the situation of Assets should be made public to members’ Congress or society in an appropriate way.
 
Article, 71 Budget and final accounts should be properly made in each financial year. Prior to the change of personnel or legal representative, financial conditions should be clearly audited.
 
Article, 72 Assets of the WFCMS should not be occupied, embezzled or misappropriated by any unit or individual.
 
Article, 73 Members of the WFCMS should fulfill their obligation of paying contributions. The standard of membership fees are as follows:
1.Senior members, members of project cooperation and public-spirited members should pay 100$ each year.
2.Annual membership fee for group members: 200$ for group with fewer than 100 people; 400$ for group between 101 people and 500 people; 600$ for group more than 501 people.
 
CHAPTER 13 TERMINATION PROCEDURES AND AFTERWARD PROPERTY ARRANGEMENT
 
Article, 74 When a nullification is needed because of fulfillment of purpose, voluntary dissolution, schism, amalgamation or other reasons, the secretariat should only propose a termination of the motion after obtaining approval from Presidium.
 
Article, 75 The termination of the motion should be subjected to the board of directors or the Congress of the members for approval.
 
Article, 76 Prior to the termination of the WFCMS, a liquidation organization should be established to settle claims and debts, dealing with remaining affairs. No activities other that the liquidation should be conducted during this period.
 
Article, 77 The WFCMS will be officially terminated after nullifying registration in the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People´s Republic of China.
 
Article, 78 Residual properties of the WFCMS should be used to develop causes relevant to the purpose of the federation according to the decision of the Council.
 
CHAPTER 14 SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS
 
Article, 79 This Constitution was passed by members’ Congress and came into force on September 25, 2003. The first amendment of the Constitution was approved by the second session of members’ Congress on November 17, 2007. The second amendment of the Constitution was approved by the third session of members’ Congress on September 3, 2011.
 
Article, 80 The right to interpret the Constitution belongs to the Council of the WFCMS.
 
Article, 81 Working languages of the WFCMS are Chinese and English. 
 
Article, 82 The Constitution is written in both Chinese and English of equal authenticity. In case of divergence, the Chinese version shall prevail.