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LMHI Procedures

Introduction
The International Council enacts the present Procedures in accordance with § 13 of the Constitution.

§ 1 Language
The official written language of the association shall be English.

§ 2 Membership
Any person who wishes to become an individual member must apply in writing to the General Secretary through the National Vice-President of his country or nation. He must complete the forms prepared by the General Secretary and must be sponsored by two individual members from his country or nation. The National Vice-President must forward the application to the General Secretary within one month.
Persons who are members of an LMHI institutional member are exempted from the procedure as per section 1 above.

§ 3 Election of the National Vice-Presidents
Each country or nation is entitled to elect/have one National Vice-President in the International Council.
In the event that there is one national institutional member, this member shall appoint the national Vice-President. In the event that there are two or more institutional members, these members shall elect the National Vice-President.
The institutional national members are free to determine the procedures of the election and the term of their National Vice-President. The name and the address of the National Vice-President must be communicated in writing to the Executive Committee.
The institutional national member/members is/are free to replace their National Vice-President at any time.
The invitation to the meetings of the International Council will be sent to the National Vice-President, who is registered with the Executive Committee at the time of the issuing of the invitations.
In a country or nation without institutional members the national individual members shall elect a National Vice-President from their midst.

§ 4 International Council Meeting
The International Council shall determine at its Annual Meeting the place, time, duration and procedure of the following Annual Meeting.
Place, Time, duration and procedure of Extraordinary Meetings of the International Council shall be determined by the Executive Committee. Invitations to the National Vice-President are issued in accordance with the Constitution.
Valid resolutions may be taken only on items which appear on the agenda. Any member (institutional and individual member)/National Vice-President may request in writing that a particular issue will be entered on the agenda. Such request must be made at least three months before the meeting of the International Council and must be sent to the General Secretary be registered mail. The Executive Committee will decide on the request. If the request is rejected, the Executive Committee must state reasons in writing.

§ 5 Executive Committee
The members of the Executive Committee shall - if possible - be residents of different countries or nations and shall be members of the national homoeopathic organisations / institutions affiliated to the association or individual members of the association.

§ 6 Executive Committee Meetings
The Executive Committee shall convene as often as the business requires. The President convenes the meetings and conducts the discussions. Any member of the Committee, by stating the reasons, may request the President to call a meeting.
Except for urgent cases, the meeting is convened in writing and the notice must state the order of the day. The invitation is sent to the members of the Executive Committee at least 30 days prior to the meeting.

§ 7 Executive Committee Resolutions
The Executive Committee passes its resolutions with the simple majority of the present or represented members. The members of the Executive Committee can only be represented at the meeting by another member of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is competent to transact business if the majority of its members is present or represented.
Resolutions may also be adopted by way of written consent of all members unless one member of the Executive Committee requests on oral debate.

§ 8 Executive Committee Re-Election
The members of the Executive Committee are eligible for re-election, but cannot be elected in the same position for more than two terms. The president is not eligible for re-election. Except for valid reasons the Vice-President shall be elected President and the President shall be elected Immediate Past-President for the next term of three years.

§ 9 Executive Officers
The Executive Officers are the President, the Vice-President, the Immediate Past-President, the General Secretary and the Treasurer. They are charged with the daily management of the association.

§ 10 General Secretariat
The number of Secretaries (including the General Secretary) is fixed to nine secretaries. The duties of the Secretaries are as follows:

a)General Secretary
The General Secretary is responsible for the administration of the association and for the preparation and the execution of the Meetings. He shall draft the Minutes of the Meetings and shall forward copies of the Minutes to all National Vice-Presidents. The Minutes shall be adapted by the next Meeting of the International Council. Additionally, the General Secretary shall entertain relations with the national institutional members.

The duties of the other secretaries are as follows:

b)Secretary for Homoeopathic Research:
-to promote high-quality scientific homoeopathic research worldwide;
-to promote the exchange of results of homoeopathic research;
-to promote guidelines for remedy proving.

c)Secretary for Education:
-to make an inventory of homoeopathic educational programmes all over the world;
-to develop and to promote a program of basic teaching standards in homoeopathy.

d)Secretary for Public Relations:
-to promote a favourable attitude in the world towards homoeopathy;
-to promote integration of homoeopathy in primary and secondary healthcare;
-to promote the LMHI as the global organisation representative for all legally authorized professionals working in the field of homoeopathy.

e)Secretary for the Liga Letter:
-to compile all reports about the development of homoeopathy all over the world;
-to select what information is useful for the LMHI membership;
-to edit the above information, to prepare a manuscript and have it published.

f)Secretary for Archives:
-to file the Minutes of the Meetings and the papers presented to the various congresses;
-to compile, sort and file all LMHI correspondence;
-to collaborate with librarian in the premises where the LMHI Archives are housed.

g)The Secretaries for Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry deal with all the matter concerning their science and profession in relation to homoeopathy.

§ 11 Treasurer
The Treasurer is in charge of the finances of the association. He submits the annual accounts and the balance sheet to the International Council and presents the budget for the next fiscal year.

§ 12 National Vice-Presidents
The National Vice-Presidents are the permanent link between the International Council and the national homoeopathic organisations. Their duties are the following:
-They shall send an account of every International Council Meeting or Congress of the LMHI to the homoeopathic journals of their respective countries.
-They shall submit to the LMHI an annual report of the activity and development in homoeopathy in their country. This report must be sent to the General Secretary at least one month before the meeting of the International Council.
-They shall submit to the LMHI an annually updated directory of the homoeopathic institutions, physicians, pharmacists, veterinarians and dentists in their country; this directory should include names, professions, addresses, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail addresses.
-They shall do their utmost to make the LMHI a strong, representative global organisation and, to this end, strive to include all national professional homoeopathic associations and individual homoeopathic practitioners into the LMHI, in accordance with § 2 and § 3 of the Constitution.

§ 13 Working Committees
The International Council and/or the Executive Committee shall have the power to establish Special Interest Committees whose object will be to help the Secretaries or to examine certain homoeopathic problems. The Executive Committee and the International Council shall both have the power to establish Ad Hoc Advisory Committees on specific topics.

Special Interest Committee
A Special Interest Committee (SIC) is established by the International Council upon the submission of a relevant proposal containing scope, aims and composition. A Special Interest Committee differs from a Working Committee in the sense that it is not required to achieve a concrete goal within a restricted period of time. Rather, it is the expression of the continuous interest of the LMHI in certain areas or activities falling within the scope of the LMHI. A Special Interest Committee should report annually on its progress. In selecting members both expertise and international distribution shall be considered. The chairman of a Special Interest Committee is elected by the International Council upon recommendation of the Executive Committee. The members of the Special Interest Committee are appointed by the LMHI President upon recommendation of the national institutional members or by the Special Interest Committee Chairman, who shall in advance consult the National Vice-President for the appropriate country or nation.

Working Committee
A Working Committee is established by the International Council or the Executive Committee upon the submission of its proposed scope and said committee shall deliver whatever result is decided at a specific time. A Working Committee consists of experts selected and assigned, without consideration of nationality, to work in a specified area. If the Working Committee is established by the Executive Committee, the Chairman and the members of the Working Committee are elected by the Executive Committee itself. If the Working Committee is established by the International Council, the Chairman and the members of the Working Committee are appointed by the International Council on recommendation of the Executive Council. A Working Committee should report annually on its progress and the Committee dissolved as soon as its job is complete or in any case after three years, unless the authority that has installed the Working Committee gives special permission to extend the Working Committee's existence for another three years. If no report has been delivered in one calendar year the Working Committee shall automatically be dissolved.

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee
An Ad Hoc Advisory Committee is established by the International Council or Executive Committee to advise in policy matters that require detailed analysis and shall deliver whatever result is decided at a specific time. The Ad Hoc Advisory Committee shall automatically be dissolved as soon as its job is complete. If the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee is established by the Executive Committee, the Chairman and the members of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee are appointed by the Executive Committee itself. If the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee is established by the International Council, the Chairman and the members are appointed by the International Council on recommendation of the Executive Council.

§ 14 Quorums and votes
Voting in the International Council shall be done openly unless a majority of the National Vice-Presidents require a secret ballot.

§ 15 Signatory Powers
The President, the General Secretary and the Treasurer have joint signature right by two. Otherwise, the Executive Committee regulates the signing right of its members. Joint signature right by two is only permissible.

§ 16 Fiscal year
The fiscal year of the association is the calendar year.

§ 17 Publications
All notices of the association are published in the LMHI Newsletter.

§ 18 Membership Contributions
All members pay annual fees. The International Council fixes the rate of the annual fees for each category of members. The annual fee is 15,00 Euro for each member.

§ 19 Voting Rights
Eligible to vote in elections and other decisions of the International Council are only those member countries that have paid their membership fees in the two years preceding the year in which the International Council Meeting takes place.



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