By Laws

1. Criteria of Membership

  When a pediatric surgical association, society or organization as mentioned in paragraph 1.1 of the Constitution is considered for membership of the Federation, the Council shall be guided by the following criteria:
1.1 The applicant association, society or organization must be constituted and present its Constitution to the Council in writing.
1.2 The minimum of full members (cf. Article 1.3) shall be ten.
1.3 An association or society of paediatric surgeons to be accepted for membership may be composed of pediatric surgeons or general surgeons who practice pediatric surgery (considered by the Federation as full members). They should be representative of those undertaking the surgical care of children in the country. Trainees in pediatric surgery and consultants in related specialities are considered by the Federation as associate members and do not apply for the conditions of Article 1.2.
1.4 As for the organizations referred to in paragraph 1.1 of the Constitution, the Council will decide at its own discretion and on the merits of each applicant what criteria shall be allowed.
1.5 The stated objectives should include:
1.5.1 The promotion of a high standard of pediatric surgery.
1.5.2 The encouragement of the ethical practice of pediatric surgery.
1.5.3 To influence, as far as may be possible, the standards of education for the training of pediatric surgeons of the future.
1.5.4 The promotion and encouragement of pediatric surgical research.
1.6 The activities should include:
1.6.1 The promotion of scientific meetings in subjects related to pediatric surgery.
1.6.2 Other activities that may enhance the academic and scientific status of the association or society and its members.
1.7 The applicant association, society or organization must certify in writing that it shall, if received as a member, accept the Constitution of the Federation and its by-laws without restrictions.

Appendix A

World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons Foundation

  1. Purpose
    The World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons was formed on October 15, 1974 in Sao Paulo, Brazil as an international group to promote quality children’s surgical care, encourage the highest standards of education, training and scientific research, and provide a center of cooperation, interchange of information and interaction among children’s surgical associations, societies and organizations approved by WOFAPS.The WOFAPS-Foundation was formed as a clearly separate but affiliated entity to raise funds to carryout the goals of the Federation.The WOFAPS was established in 2007 as a tax exempt organization in Philadelphia, PA that qualifies for this status under section 501 (c) (3) of the US Internal Revenue Code and is governed according to those rules appertaining thereto.
  2. Foundation Structure
    The WOFAPS-Foundation is served by a Board of Directors that includes, the three Past-President’sof the Federation, the Secretary-Treasurer, 3 members of the WOFAPS Council (not included inthe Executive Committee) and the current WOFAPS President and the First Vice-President servingas voting members to assure continuity. The 3 members of the Council will be appointed by theExecutive Board. Each Director will normally serve for a three year term. The Chairman of theFoundation Board will be elected by the members of the Board of Directors and serve for a threeyear term but could be reelected for a second three year term at the discretion of the Board.The Active President of the WOFAPS may not simultaneously serve as Chairman of the WOFAPSFoundation Board. If the Chairman of the Board cannot fulfill his/her term in office, the FoundationBoard of Directors shall elect a new Chairperson to finish the term.
    The Secretary-Treasurer may be reelected to the Foundation Board as long as he/she serves in thatcapacity. If other Board members cannot fulfill their term of duty, the 2nd Vice-President of WOFAPSor another member of the WOFAPS Executive Committee can be appointed by the ExecutiveCommittee to finish the term on the Foundation Board. Terms of service shall begin on January 1stfollowing election.
  3. Function
    The Foundation Board shall meet at least annually at the same time as the WOFAPS ExecutiveCouncil. However, the Chairman of the Foundation Board may call a special emergency meetingof the Board when necessary. Three of the voting members of the Foundation Board and one ex-officio member will constitute a quorum. Action items of the Board require a majority vote of themembers present at a meeting for passage. Votes in absentia are not accepted. The Foundation Board has oversight for all aspects of fund raising, investment of donated Funds and selection ofprojects for funding. The Foundation will report to the WOFAPS Executive Council at the time ofthe annual meeting.
  4. Support
    Funds accrued by the WOFAPS-Foundation will be kept in a separate account monitored by theSecretary-Treasurer and reviewed quarterly by the Board of Directors.The Foundation is entitled toaccept donations in the form of grants, cash, stocks, securities and other forms of gifts or contributionsthat are fully tax deductible to the extent permitted by Federal law to carry out its objectives. Allsuch gifts and donations should be made payable to WOFAPS earmarked for the Foundation. TheSecretary-Treasurer is responsible for verifying receipt of the gifts or donations to donors.
  5. Goals and Objectives
    Based on the acquired corpus available, the WOFAPS Foundation will: encourage furthering ofprofessional training, promote education of individuals in training through participation in seminarsand special courses, consider granting travel scholarships, scientific research fellowships, or uniqueprojects such as medical ethics, clinical outcomes studies and health care delivery systems and otherprojects that that will enrich the knowledge of the grant recipient, an institution, a community orsociety in general as it pertains to broadening the horizon’s of children’s surgery.
  6. Eligibility for Support
    Pediatric Surgeons that are members of WOFAPS approved associations, societies or organizationsor their bonafide children’s surgery trainees may apply for support from the Foundation. Applicantsmust have sponsorship from a Department chair and an officer of the WOFAPS affiliated pediatricsurgical organization.The sponsor should be familiar with the applicant and their proposed work andis responsible for assuring the candidate’s project will be supported locally. The Board of Directorsof the Foundation is responsible for reviewing grant submissions in a peer reviewed fashion anddetermining selection of Foundation grant recipients. The Secretary-Treasurer is responsible fornotifying applicants of the outcome of their grant submission. Awardees are required to submit asummary of their research work or other sponsored activity in writing to the WOFAPS FoundationBoard within one year of their award. If deemed appropriate by the Foundation Board, the recipientmay be asked to present their work at a WOFAPS sponsored scientific meeting.
  7. Procedure for Changes and Amendments
    Any changes to the rules governing the WOFAPS-Foundation require full consensus of the Board of Directors.

Appendix B

World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons

  World Federation of Association of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS) is a non profit organization
whose mission is to promote high standards of pediatric surgery throughout the World, follow
highest ethical standards in the practice of pediatric surgery, improve the standards of education
for the training of pediatric surgeons of the future and promote and encourage pediatric surgical
research. WOFAPS conducts an international congress (WORLD CONGRESS) every third year
at which state of the art lectures and scientific papers on pediatric surgery are presented and
discussions are held focusing on the status and goals of the profession throughout the World.
1 Selection of the host city for each WORLD CONGRESS will be conducted at a Council of Delegates
meeting 3 years in advance. This council meeting is held at each WORLD CONGRESS.
2 Prior to the WORLD CONGRESS the Secretary/Treasurer will inform the membership about the
application and selection process to host the next WORLD CONGRESS venue. Pediatric surgical
organizations or associations that wish to host a WORLD CONGRESS of the WOFAPS in a city in
their country must prepare and submit a detailed application in writing to the Secretary/Treasurer
at least 3 months prior to the Council of Delegates meeting. The Executive Committee will review
the applications and invite those that meet the requirements to host a successful congress to
present their application at the council of delegates. The Council of Delegates will vote and choose
which venue will host the next WORLD CONGRESS. If selected, the hosting Congress Chairman
representing said Association/Organization must be willing to enter into a legally binding agreement
with WOFAPS. The agreement and responsibilities of all parties are defined and will include:
2.1 Congress Business Plan
  • Congress Chairman will prepare a detailed business plan and will be responsible for the organization of the World Congress.
  • The prospective congress venues need to conform to the minimal requirements and standards established by the executive committee.
2.2 Registration Fees
  • The registration fees will be decided by the WOFAPS Executive Board (EB) in consultation with the Congress Chairman.The registration fee for the participants includes:
    • Congress material in a bag
    • Access to all scientific sessions
    • Lunches and coffee
    • Welcome and President’s reception
  • Congress Chairman of the World Congress will provide complimentary registration to 25 young pediatric surgeons from developing countries.The EB of WOFAPS will decide on who will get this support.
2.3 Scientific Program
  • The EB of WOFAPS will appoint a Chairman of the Scientific Office who will have the overall responsibility of the Scientific Program for the World Congress. The Chairman of the Scientific Office, members of the Scientific Committee and the Congress Chairman will co-ordinate selection of abstracts, state of the art lectures, round table and teaching courses.
  • If the World Congress is being conducted jointly with an association or an international pediatric surgical organization, the LOGO of WOFAPS will always appear more prominently on all the advertisements and programs.
2.5 Financial Commitment to WOFAPS
  • The World Congress will agree to pay 15% of all income from registration fees and industrial exhibitions to WOFAPS.
2.6 Sponsorship
  • Sponsorship for the World Congress will be co-ordinated by the Congress Chairman and his/her team.
2.7 Accommodation
  • The Congress Chairman is responsible for providing accommodation. A variety of hotels ranging from two star to five star in close proximity to the Congress centre should be offered. WOFAPS will not cover any deficits and is not interested in any profit resulting from accommodation.
2.8 Accompanying Persons Program
  • The Congress Chairman is responsible for providing a decent accompanying persons program including the budget. All expenses for accompanying persons should be covered by their registration fee. WOFAPS will have no responsibility for any deficit and is not interested in any profit from this program.
2.9 WOFAPS Executive Board and Invited Speakers
  • The World Congress will waive the congress registration fee, provide complimentary hotel accommodation and tickets to the official congress social functions for the members of Executive Board of WOFAPS and at least 12 invited speakers.