Constitution of the British Association for Forensic Odontology
1. The name of the Association shall be The British Association for Forensic Odontology, hereinafter referred to as the Association.
2. The aims of the Association are to provide a forum for all those interested in the subject, to foster interest in and encourage an objective scientific approach to the subject, to promote the teaching of forensic dentistry at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to represent the views of its members to other responsible bodies.
3. There shall be the following categories of membership:
A. FULL MEMBERS – restricted to those holding an appropriate professional dental qualification and those invited to full membership by the Committee by virtue of their standing and reputation in allied fields.
B. HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS – those who have shown distinction in forensic odontology or allied fields, by election at a General Meeting.
C. ASSOCIATE MEMBERS – any person who has a professional interest in the subject.
D. STUDENT MEMBERS – any dental student, at the discretion of the Committee.
E HONORARY PRESIDENTIAL MEMBERSHIP – restricted to the incumbent presidents of other forensic odontological associations with which BAFO has a reciprocal arrangement and/or at the discretion of the committee.
Applications for membership shall be considered by the Committee.
4. Only full members who have paid their annual subscription and honorary life members shall be entitled to vote at any General Meeting.
5. A subscription shall be paid annually by Banker’s Order, the amount to be determined at a General Meeting.
6. The Committee shall consist of the following officers:
A. the PRESIDENT, who shall be a full member of the Association and qualified as a dentist
B. the PRESIDENT ELECT, who will be elected one year before taking office as President and who shall be a full member of the Association and qualified as a dentist
C. the IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
D. the SECRETARY
E. the TREASURER
F. the MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
G. the ACADEMIC ADVISER
H. FOUR OTHERS, two of whom must retire each year and may not seek re-election to that status until one year has elapsed.
I. ALL OTHER PAST PRESIDENTS, who will be ex officio with no voting rights on the Committee but who will act as advisers.
Tenure of office shall be for two years, renewal being by election at a General Meeting.
A quorum shall consist of two officers plus two ‘others’ from ‘H’.
7. An Annual General Meeting shall be called as near to the anniversary as possible, but not more than fourteen months must elapse between them. Written notice of the intention to call an Annual General Meeting shall be served at least twenty-eight days before the date thereof.
Full copies of all sponsored motions shall accompany the notice.
Members’ proposals as to office shall be in the hands of the Secretary at least one week prior to the Annual General Meeting.
Any other proposal, not notified as above, will be considered under ‘Any Other Business’, will not then be voted upon but will be included as ‘notice of motion’ for the next General Meeting.
The President shall present his report and the Treasurer shall present his audited accounts for the approval of the members.
8. An extra-ordinary General Meeting must be called by the Secretary within twenty-eight days of the receipt of such a request, which must be signed by at least ten members.
9. A quorum at a General Meeting shall consist of twice the number of Committee members present plus one. Members who are unable to attend a General Meeting may be counted as part of that quorum provided that they have appointed a proxy and given written authority for that person to so act.
10. Changes to the Constitution may only be made at a General Meeting. Any proposed amendments must be in the hands of the Secretary before the notices are sent out and those proposals shall accompany the notice of the Meeting.
11. The Association shall, in furtherance of its constituted aims, take upon itself the task of accreditation of those full and honorary life members who wish to be thus considered. All associated criteria, conditions, rights and responsibilities shall be subject to approval by the committee, as shall any subsequent alterations to the same.
12. In the event of the dissolution of the Association, any funds remaining shall be given to a dental charity, named by the Committee.
13. The Committee shall have the power to terminate the membership of any member who has been considered to have brought the profession in general, and the Association in particular, into disrepute, subject to the right of the individual concerned to make representations to the Committee.
14. Any matter not provided for in the foregoing may be decided at the discretion of the Committee.
As amended November 2011.