Art. 1 The MEDITERRANEAN COUNCIL FOR BURNS AND FIRE DISASTER (MBC) is hereby constituted. It was originally founded in 1983 as the "Mediterranean Burns Club" with the aim of creating a permanent dialogue on burns among specialists from countries of the Mediterranean basin, linked by common historical, cultural and intelectualties in the spirit of Art. 2 of the International Society of Burn Injuries statute, which inter alia states the following aims:

  • to encourage the highest standard of burn care in all countries and to bring to them the most valid contribution by all possible means;
  • to encourage cooperation among all countries through the exchange of information by all possible means.

Art. 2 All specialists in burn and related health probelms in the Mediterranean basin may join the Council. Relevant specialists from non-Mediterranean countries may be admitted as Associate Members, at the Council's discretion.

Art. 3 The purpose of the Council is:

  • to call meetings at times and in places to be decided on each occasion to consider a theme for seminars or panels with free or pre-agreed discussion;
  • to seek appropriate ways and instruments for the dissemination of the results of such meetings;
  • to integrate, by the exchange of communications between individual members and groups, information, knowledge, studies, researches and any other elements that may enrich the cultural, intelectual and scientific wealth of the Council and of its members;
  • to promote the interchange of individual types of culture in the various Mediterranean countries;
  • to assist young physicians to enter the field of burns research and care;
  • to assist in the preparation and development of research programmes among members with a view to increasing, strengthening and extending links and personal cooperation in the various countries of the region.

Art. 4 The representatives of the Mediterranean countries present at the Meeting of Burns Specialists from the Mediterranean area held in Palermo on 15th September 1983 constitute the Founder Members of the Council.

Art. 5 The Seat of the Council is the City of Palermo, Italy, promoter of the First Meeting of Burns Specialists from the Mediterranean area.

Art. 6 Membership of the Council Membershipcomprises the following categories:

  • 6.1 Founder Members
  • 6.2 Ordinary Members
  • 6.3 Honorary Members
  • 6.4 Associate Members
  • 6.1 Founder Members: as defined in Art. 4.
  • 6.2 Ordinary Members of the Council, who include the Founder Members, are appointed among specialists in burns pathology and fire disasters from all Mediterranean countries.
  • 6.3 Retired Members and other distinguished personalities who have dedicated part or all of their professional activity to the treatment, research and teaching of burn disease may be appointed Honorary Members.
  • 6.4 Burn Specialists from countries outside the Mediterranean basin can be admitted as Associate Members. Associate Members do not have a vote.
  • 6.5 A new Member must be introduced by two MBC Members.

Art. 7 The Organs of the Council:

  • 7.1 General Assembly
  • 7.2 President
  • 7.3 Secretary General
  • 7.4 Treasurer
  • 7.5 Executive Committee
  • 7.6 Special Committees
  • 7.7 National Representatives
  • 7.8 Regional Representatives
  • 7.1 The General Assembly is constituted of Ordinary and Honorary Members. It:
    1. appoints the President, the Secretary General and the Treasurer, who constitute the Bureau of the Council;
    2. appoints the National Representatives and the Honorary Members;
    3. approves the general direction of the Council's activities, as formulated by the President and the Secretary General;
    4. approves the admission of the Members and determines the membership fees;
    5. approves the budget.
  • The General Assembly meets every two years, coinciding with the Congress of the Council.
  • 7.2 The President is the senior officer of the Council, presides over the General Assembly, and ensures the cohesion, continuity, international standing, scientific integrity, and spirit of the Council.
    He remains in office for four years and may be re-elected.
  • 7.3 The Secretary General represents the Council for administrative purposes, and provides the presentation of the programmes and collection of contributions supplied by the State, the Regions, local bodies, and in general by any public or private body. He represents the Council before any administrative Authority of the State (including tax offices). He is elected for four years and may be re-elected.
  • 7.4 The Treasurer supervises the finances, collects the dues, and keeps the books of the Council.
    He is elected for four years and may be re-elected.
  • 7.5 The Executive Committee consists of the Chairmen of the Special Committees, the President, the Secretary General, and the Treasurer.
    It has also the function of approving the budget in the years when the Assembly does not meet and examines the applications for MBC Scholarships.
  • 7.6 Special Committees. They study and propose operational activity in sectors of particular interest to the Council and to Member Countries. These sectors are proposed by the General Assembly.
  • 7.7 National Representatives: These are ordinary Members who are actively engaged in the field of burns and disasters. They are proposed by the Executive Committee and approved at the General Assembly. National Representatives remain in office for four years and may be re-elected. On cessation of activity they may be appointed Honorary Members. National Representatives who are absent from the General Assembly on two consecutive occasions are declared to have ceased office and must be replaced in the same manner as defined above.
  • 7.8 Regional Representatives: as the Council is designated a WHO Collaborating Centre, its action and presence extend beyond the countries of the Mediterranean. To reflect this global importance the Bureau nominates one Regional Representative for each of the six geographic Regions of the World Health Organization.

Art. 8 The Council's financial resources are constituted by the contributions of the Members, by donations and by any other contributions from whatever source.

Art. 9 The Council is a non-profit making organisation and any financial assets are reinvested for the advancement of the aims of the Council.

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