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BYLAWS OF THE BALKAN CLINICAL LABORATORY FEDERATION

1. Name and Seat of the Federation

1.1. The name of the international body (hereinafter called the Federation), founded on May 15 th, 1993, is
the Balkan Clinical Laboratory Federation.

1.2. The seat of the Balkan Clinical Laboratory Federation (BCLF) is the member country from which the
President-in-Office of the BCLF Executive Board is elected.

1.3. The Balkan Clinical Laboratory Federation exists to address the Purposes stated in article 2 below. It
operates without the intent of making a profit and all revenue that it raises is ultimately used for its stated Purposes.

2. Purposes

The Balkan Clinical Laboratory Federation exists to advance the theory and practice of clinical laboratory science and to further its application in the provision of health services and the practice of medicine. It aims to:

2.1. Promote the advancement of clinical laboratory medicine in the countries of the Balkan Region and to
encourage an atmosphere of high professional standards based on mutual help and cooperation;

2.2. Establish, encourage and foster high professional standards in clinical laboratory science and its
service to humanity;

2.3. Promote cooperation and coordination in the development of clinical laboratory science in matters of
research, procedures, materials, regulations and practices, education and training, codes of ethics
and related subjects among the Balkan Countries;

2.4. Provide a basis for closer liaison and free exchange of professional information among clinical
laboratory scientists in the Balkan Region;

2.5. Sponsor and support yearly meetings of the Federation on Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Laboratory
Science; sponsor and support national congresses and meetings of international scope and interest;

2.6. Encourage, sponsor and/or conduct studies, and prepare recommendations, reviews and reports on
facets of clinical laboratory science of international interest and concern;

2.7. Provide consultation and advice on facets of clinical laboratory science to all members of the BCLF;

2.8. Encourage the affiliation of clinical laboratories in the Balkan Countries with leading international
bodies such as IFCC, EFCC, IUPAC, ECLM, etc.

2.9. Publish a quarterly journal in English;

2.10. Receive and utilise donations, subscriptions and funds from persons or organisations.

3. Organisation

The official body of the Balkan Clinical Laboratory Federation is the Executive Board (article 5). The affairs of the Federation will be managed by the Executive Board which shall be the governing body of the Federation and which will exercise all such powers of the Federation and proceed on behalf of the Federation to all such acts as may be ordained by the Rules.

4. Membership

4.1. Types of Membership

There are four types of membership: Full, Affiliate, Corporate and Honorary Individual Member.

4.1.1. Full Members are drawn from the established and recognized national societies of clinical
biochemistry and laboratory science. Each country is represented by a single society. Full
members constitute the voting body of the Federation.

4.1.2. Affiliate Members may be admitted from additional organisations or sections of non-member
national organisations.

4.1.3. Corporate Members may be admitted from organisations manufacturing products or offering
services in the field of clinical laboratory science.

4.1.4. Honorary Individual Members of the EB are individuals who substantially contribute to the causes
and well-being of the Federation. They are elected by the Executive Board. Honorary Members will
have all the privileges of membership and will not pay dues.

4.2. Application Procedures

4.2.1. Although all Balkan Countries are natural members of the BCLF, their membership will be
considered only after the application of the national society for membership. Application for full
membership (4.1.1) shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Executive Board. Such an
application shall state that the applicant:

4.2.1.1. is an organized and recognized society for clinical chemistry or other appropriate official
organisation that represents the major clinical chemistry interests of the country,

4.2.1.2. has officers authorized to act for the society,

4.2.1.3. is composed of persons employed in clinical laboratory science of a professional level,

4.2.1.4. has among its main objectives the improvement of clinical laboratory services in health
care and medicine, the advancement of knowledge and the encouragement of research.

4.2.2. Application for the Affiliate Membership of the BCLF (4.1.2) shall be submitted to the Secretary
of the Executive Board. Such an application shall provide evidence that the Applying Group:

4.2.2.1. is involved in the field of clinical laboratory science and includes persons employed in
clinical laboratory science at a professional level,

4.2.2.2. has officers authorized to act for the Group.

4.2.3. Application for Corporate Membership (4.1.3) shall be submitted to the Secretary of the
Executive Board. Application for Corporate Membership shall be approved by the Executive Board.
Such an application shall contain details to show that the applicant:

4.2.3.1. is engaged in the manufacture of products and/or provision of services for use in the
field of clinical laboratory science,

4.2.3.2. has a commitment to the improvement of clinical laboratory science in health care and
medicine, the advancement of knowledge and the encouragement of research.

4.3. Membership in each of the above categories becomes effective from the moment of approval.

4.4. The Executive Board shall decide to cancel the membership of Full Member organisations (4.1.1) that
no longer conform to the requirements of article 4.2.1. The number of votes for cancellation of
membership must be not less than 2/3 of the number of the Executive Board members.

4.5. The Executive Board shall decide upon exclusion of Affiliate Members (4.1.2) that no longer conform to
the requirements of the relevant sections of article 4.2.2.

4.6. The Executive Board shall decide upon exclusion of Corporate Members (4.1.3) that no longer conform
to the requirements of the relevant sections of article 4.2.3.

5. Executive Board

5.1. The supreme body of the Federation is an Executive Board which is responsible for the establishment
of policy and management of the Federation.

5.2. The Executive Board consists of the President, Secretary, Treasurer, one representative from each
Balkan Country, the immediate Past President and Prof. Stoyan Danev, Member-at-Large and Honorary
Individual Member(s).

5.3. The President, Secretary and the Treasurer will be elected from the same Balkan Country and these
three positions will rotate among the Countries of the Federation.

5.4. The term of office of the elected members of the Executive Board shall be three years and shall start on
the first of January following their election. No individual shall serve more than six consecutive years
excluding years served as Past President.

5.5. Each Full Member Society will communicate their candidates for the new President, Secretary and the
Treasurer by writing to the Secretary not less than ninety days before the elections. The elections for the President, Secretary and the Treasurer shall take place by secret ballot of the Executive Board
Members at the Executive Board meeting of the election year.

5.6. The representatives from each Balkan Country are elected at the General Assembly Meeting of the
BCLF Full Member Society for a period of three years and the election of the same representative is
limited to two terms.

5.7. Each Full Member Society will communicate in writing to the Secretary of the Federation their
Representative to the Executive Board of the Federation. The Representatives will have full power to
act for the Society in all matters.

5.8. Each Affiliate Member and Corporate Member Society may designate a non-voting representative to the
Executive Board.

5.9. The Executive Board is presided over by the President. In his/her absence, the members present, if
sufficient to form a quorum, will choose a member of the Executive Board to preside.

5.10. The Executive Board meets routinely in the same period and at the same place where the meeting of
BCLF takes place.

5.11. Extraordinary meetings of the Executive Board may be called by the President or by one fifth of the voting members of the Executive Board writing to the Secretary. At a duly called meeting a quorum of
the Executive Board shall consist of a simple majority of all its members.

6. Affiliated Organisations

At its discretion, the Executive Board may designate organisations engaged in the board field of clinical laboratory science as Organisations Affiliated with BCLF. The rights associated with such a designation shall be determined by the Executive Board.

7. Dues

The annual dues for the various forms of membership (4.1) in the Federation shall be fixed by the Executive Board. Failure to pay the dues by the prescribed date shall lead to loss of right. The Executive Board has the discretion to recognize exceptional circumstances affecting a Member Society and has the power to modify dues.

At the end of the term of the Executive Board, all the balance of incomes is transferred to the newly elected Treasurer.

8. Winding-up

If the Federation is wound up then the net assets will be employed to realize the purposes set out in Article 2.

9. Amendments

Proposals of amendments to these articles of the Federation may be presented in writing to the Executive Board. Such proposals must be made by one voting member of the Executive Board and seconded by another voting member. Any such proposal must be received six months before the meeting of the Executive Board. Acceptance of amendments shall require a two-third majority of the votes of the members of the Executive Board.

10. Abstract from

By-Laws of the Balkan Clinical Laboratory Federation
(BCLF)

Aproved Changes in the paragraphs # 4.2 and 4.3 (underlined)
at BCLF Board Meeting in Bucharest, September 22, 2011


4.2.2. Affiliate Members may be admitted from additional organizations or sections of non-member national organizations.

4.2.2. Application for the Affiliate Membership of the BCLF (4.1.2) shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Executive Board. Such an application shall provide evidence that the Applying Group:

4.2.2.1. is involved in the field of clinical laboratory science and includes persons employed in clinical laboratory science at a professional level,

4.2.2.2. has officers authorized to act for the Group.

4.2.2.3. has the approval of the National organization from that country which is Full Member of BCLF.

4.3. Membership in each of the above categories becomes effective from the moment of approval by all Full Members of BCLF.


 

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