Article 1: Name and scope of SADE (Scandinavian Association for Digestive Endoscopy)
The name of the society is Scandinavian Association for Digestive Endoscopy (SADE)
SADE is an association for endoscopists and others with interest in digestive endoscopy in the Scandinavian countries Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
SADE is a joint organisation subordinate to the three national gastroenterology societies in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, with the purpose to:
promote interest, knowledge, teaching and research within digestive endoscopy
support interaction and collaboration between centres within and outside the Scandinavian countries with interest within gastrointestinal endoscopy
support and promote interaction with GI nurses and assistants.
organize courses in digestive endoscopy and other teaching activities. These activities can also be organised in collaboration with other national societies and the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE)
Article 2: Membership
Any member of the national gastroenterology societies may apply for membership in SADE. Application for membership should be sent as a written request to a member of the governing board.
Membership may be cancelled on written resignation or when the annual fee has not been paid for two consecutive years.
Medical institutions or biomedical industry can be accepted as associate members. They will receive newsletters and may attend the meetings.
Article 3: Dues, contributions and funds
SADE is a non-profit organization.
Members pay an annual fee, to be decided by the governing board.
SADE may accept contributions and grants from commercial sponsors, provided that such contributions are allocated specifically to the promotion of the purposes of the society (article 1).
Article 4: Governing board
The governing board consists of six members, two from each membership country, appointed by the three national gastroenterology societies.
Among these members, a president, a treasurer and a general secretary are selected at the discretion of the board, but the position as president and general secretary should alternate between the three countries.
The board members are appointed for a period of three years.
Members of the governing board may serve for two consecutive periods. The maximal change of members of the board must not exceed three. Former members of the board may be eligible for a new period after a six year intermission.
The commissions of the governing board are:
To attend to current matters.
To produce an annual report for the three national gastroenterology societies containing
To appoint committees for specific tasks related to the purposes of the Society.
Develop collaboration with other societies with related interests.
Board meetings are held when the president or three members of the board decide. The board has a quorum when three members are present. If four or six members (including the president) are present at a governing board meeting, the president has casting vote. At least one board meeting is held yearly. The secretary keeps written reports from board meetings. These reports shall be continuously sent to the three national gastroenterology societies.
Members can put proposals to the governing board about all activities of the society.
Article 5: Changing the statutes
Proposals to change these statutes must be forwarded in written form to the governing board for consideration. Any change must be confirmed by the three national gastroenterology societies unanimously.
Article 6: Dissolution of SADE
The society can be dissolved if two or more of the three national gastroenterology societies agree to do so. The funds of SADE will in the case of dissolution be shared in three equal parts between the three national gastroenterology societies.