CREATING A NEW DIVISION:
1. Discuss with one or more of the Officers of the Academy and Officers of Divisions in neighbouring regions.
2. Review a copy of the Constitution and By-Laws of the IAP and obtain copies of the Constitutions of several Divisions, particularly those in the same region or with a similar culture or social system.
3. Organize a group of colleagues who are medical graduates, who have had a minimum of four years of training and experience in pathology and who have demonstrated an interest in research and teaching (see IAP By-Laws Chapter 1) and who support and will be actively involved in the formation of a new Division of the IAP.
4. Consult with two or three of the most interested and energetic local pathologists and draft a provisional Constitution modeled on one of the other Divisions’ Constitutions and adapted to meet local requirements. It is important to obtain local legal advice at this point, particularly if there is local Corporate Law relating to non-profit organizations and tax exemptions.
5. Convene a meeting of interested pathologists from as many centers in the Country or Region as possible. For a viable Division, a minimum of 20 and optimally 25 pathologists should attend the meeting and support the proposal.
6. The meeting should formally resolve to form a new Division, in accordance with the aims and objectives of the IAP as laid out in its Constitution and By-Laws.
7. The meeting should adopt the proposed Constitution of the new Division, in its proposed format.
8. When the Constitution is adopted, the meeting should elect officers (President, Secretary, Treasurer, Councilors etc.) in accordance with the newly adopted Constitution.
9. The adoption of an appropriate annual membership fee and a list of paid up members should be ratified.
10. The new Divisional
Secretary should write a letter to the Secretary of the International
Academy of Pathology notifying the IAP Secretary of the formation of
the provisional Division and requesting that the proposed new Division
be approved by the International Council of the IAP at its next
(A) A Copy of the newly adopted Constitution.
11. Ensure that the legal liability of the members of the new Division is limited when the Division becomes incorporated as a legal entity under local laws.
Please Note: The International Academy of Pathology has no power to impose either restrictions or sanctions against any pathologists from any Country. There is no provision for sanctions in the Constitution nor have any such actions been undertaken in the past, including during times of war and upheavals. The Academy is strictly non political and any group that fulfills the above requirements and has adopted a Constitution that is consonant with the aims, objectives and ideals of the IAP as laid out in Article II of the IAP Constitution, should be accepted.
Relationship of IAP Divisions to Local Pathology Societies
There are no restrictions on the relationships of IAP Divisions to other local pathology societies or organizations. In some places, an IAP Division may be completely divorced from other pathology societies. Alternatively, joint meetings or combined activities may be held, where some divisions have the same membership structure as the local society, with the same people holding similar offices in each organization. This relationship is one cost effective way of providing an international arm to a local society. The forms of the arrangements are of no consequence to the IAP, as long as it does not contravene the IAP Constitution and as long as it achieves the aims and objectives of the Academy.
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