Section 1: Name
|Article 1||The name of this congress shall be International Congress on Nutrition and Integrative Medicine ("ICNIM")|
Section 2: Purpose and Operations
|Article 2||The purpose of ICNIM is to investigate effects of functional foods by conducting basic and clinical research in the field of integrative medicine and contribute to the development of disease prevention and treatment with the use of integrative medicine and functional foods.|
ICNIM executes the following operations to fulfill the purposes mentioned above.
|Article 4||Executive Office of ICNIM is located at Amino Up Chemical Co. Ltd., 363-32 Shin-ei, Kiyota, Sapporo, 004-0839 Japan.|
Section 3: Members
Members shall be researchers who agree to the purpose of ICNIM, are involved in research of integrative medicine and functional foods, and completed required procedures.
|Article 6||ICNIM shall collect membership fees as needed.|
|Article 7||Members shall receive in-house newsletters. They also have the right to attend and report their research achievements at annual conferences.|
|Article 8||Membership may be terminated upon request of the member.
If a member violates the bylaws, dishonors ICNIM, or becomes detrimental to ICNIM and/or any member of ICNIM, such member can be expelled as per decisions of the Board of Directors.
Section 4: Executives and Organization
|Article 9||Directors and organization of ICNIM are as follows:
Vice-President: Less than three
Board Members: Approximately ten
Executive Director: One
Executive Office: Located at Amino Up Chemical Co., Ltd.
Executive Office members: Approximately ten.
|Article 10||In principle, directors shall be recommended by the Executive Office among members of ICNIM and appointed at annual Board meetings in accordance with the previous articles of the bylaws. At the time of recommendation, President, Vice-President, Board Members and Executive Director, along with responsibilities of each director shall be specified. The term of directors shall be two years, and reappointment is possible.|
|Article 11||The President shall manage ICNIM and shall act as a chairman at annual conferences and the Board meetings. The Vice-president shall assist the President and fulfill the responsibilities of the President in his absence.|
The Board of Directors are as follows:
In principle, the Board meeting shall be held once a year to review activity reports, determine matters necessary for management of ICNIM, and approve the admission of new members. Extraordinary meetings may be called by the President when necessary. The Board meeting shall not be held or make a decision without the attendance of a majority of the Board. However, if a Board member has given his intentions in writing prior to the meeting, he will be considered present and the decision shall be made by a majority of present members. In case of an equal number of votes, the chairman shall have the casting vote.
Members who have contributed extraordinarily to ICNIM shall be recommended to the Board of Directors as candidates for Advisors, honorary members, or honorary president by the Executive Office and obtain approval.
The Executive Office shall define its authority and services to facilitate the activities of ICNIM smoothly, as per implementation of its business. Authority and services of the Executive Office are as follows:
Section 5: General Assembly and Annual Conferences
|Article 15||The General Assembly will be held once a year. However, it can be substituted by providing an "activity report" approved by the Board of Directors to members.|
|Article 16||Extraordinary general meetings might be held when the Board members consider it necessary.|
|Article 17||Annual conferences shall be held once a year to present research results and exchange opinions.|
Various committees and meetings for research promotion might be held based on the 4th description of Section 2 under Article 3 of the bylaws.
Section 6: Fiscal year
|Article 19||Fiscal year is from June 1st to May 31 of the following year.|
|Article 20||Expenses of ICNIM will be covered by membership fees or by Amino Up Chemical Co., Ltd. if necessary.|
Section 7: Changes in the Bylaw
|Article 21||The bylaws may be amended if approved by a vote of two-thirds of the Board members present.|
|Article 22||Items that are not described in the bylaws will be discussed and decided by the Board members, and the decisions should be immediately communicated to all members.|