Categories and qualifications of membership:
M.D, D.O., or Ph.D. Degree shall be held by Fellow members and must have proved themselves to be competent in the field of Regenerative Medicine, as determined by the ISSCA Board of Directors. It is essential for Fellow members to be board certified by the American Board of Regenerative Medicine (ABRM), and in their primary specialty. Membership benefits and full voting rights are entitlements Fellow member are opened to. Board of Directors determine Membership dues for fellow members.
Active members shall hold a D.P.M., Ph.D., D.O., M.D. degree. At least 10% of Active members’ practice must be devoted to Regenerative Medicine. They are also entitled to full voting rights and membership benefits. Board of Directors determine Membership dues for active members. If you have made extraordinary contributions to the field of Regenerative Medicine as an Active member, you may petition the Board of Directors for fellow member status. Also, you are eligible for diplomat status with the ABRM if you are an active member in good standing with ISSCA.
Associate members shall hold PA, MA, LPN, RN, PA, D.C., or non-Ph.D. science degrees and work in science fields or health care of Regenerative Medicine. There is entitlement to membership benefits as an associate member, however, you do not have eligibility for diplomat status with the ABRM as well as voting rights. Board of Directors also make decisions as regards the Membership dues for associate members.
Corporate membership is inevitable in any organization that has products related to Regenerative Medicine. Corporate members do not have voting rights, but are entitled to all membership benefits. Board of Directors are also the deciding factor for corporate membership’s due. Corporate members must be in good standing with their respective Better Business Bureau. They are additionally opportune to advertise the ISSCA website, meetings and publications.
Everyone aspiring to be a member of ISSCA are asked to submit a formal application to the ISSCA. The Board of Directors are in charge of reviewing and approving all applicants.
Resignation of Membership
After fulfilling outstanding obligations to the ISSCA, all members may withdraw their membership. A written notice of an intention to withdraw membership, addressed to the board of Directors, must be provided by such member. If the application for withdrawal is approved, the membership will be terminated at the first meeting scheduled by Board of Directors which follows the submission of the application for withdrawal.
Termination of Membership
ISSCA membership termination is determined by the Board of Directors. Following the decision to terminate membership, the member in question will be notified in writing within 10 business days.
Officers and Elections
The officers of the ISSCA shall consist of a membership office, advocacy officer, education officer, research officer, secretary/treasurer, and a president. All officers assume their respective posts through a simple majority vote by the Board of Directors.
Terms of Office
Except for the ISSCA president who will be elected for a 1 year term, all other ISSCA officers are elected for a 2-year term. ISSCA meeting is held annually and that’s where elections hold each year. Immediately after voting, election results are effective.
The president is the official spokesperson of the ISSCA and presides over all Board of Directors’ meetings. Without a majority approval by the Board of Directors, the president may not incur debt or other financial obligations to the ISSCA. Following the end of the term as president, he/she must serve on the Board of Directors for 1 year, and also, may not be elected for more than 3 consecutive terms. The president is elected by a simple majority vote by the Board of Directors. A run-off election decides the presidential election if a tie results.
The secretary shall be a member of all ISSCA committees and shall be elected to a durational term. Records of all ISSCA members must be kept by the secretary, and he/she shall notify a member in delinquent status as regards membership dues. Also, the secretary shall attend all ISSCA meetings and keep minutes of the respective proceedings.
If there should be any proposed research to be conducted by or with the collaboration of the ISSCA, the research officer shall be the contact person. Also, for any updates on any ongoing or proposed research, the officer will liaison with the Board of Directors. All research proposals would be screened by the research officer, and presented to the Board of Directors for approval.
The ISSCA sponsored educational activities would be overseen by education officer. For all proposed education activities, the education officer serve as the point of contact. The education officer assists in coordinating all educational activities.
All ISSCA advocacy activities are conducted are delegated by the advocacy officer, and is the point of contact for all questions that relate to advocacy by ISSCA members.
All ISSCA membership applications are collected and screened by the membership officer and presented to the Board of Directors for approval. When it also comes down to any membership withdrawal or termination procedures, the membership officer is also a point of contact.
Board of Directors
The board of director shall be composed of 4 directors elected by the membership, secretary and the president. The term of the director shall be years in length. The secretary is a non-voting member of the board of directors. A director shall have the eligibility to be reelected for a max of two additional consecutive terms.
Responsibilities and Powers
The executive Director takes responsibility as regards the day to day operation of the ISSCA and shall report to the board of directors. The board of directors shall be in charge of all property related to the ISSCA. The ISSCA directors are the main policy making body of the ISSCA. This includes amending, proposing and terminating policies. All votes and actions of the board of directors are approved through simple majority decision.
Meetings shall only be held by board of directors at locations, intervals and times deemed appropriate by the board. With the approval of the president, special meetings can be called for by any board of directors member. When a director is absent at two consecutive board meetings without any excuse acceptable to the majority, he/she is considered resigned from the board.
An annual report about the status of the ISSCA is published by the board of directors at the annual meeting. This report shall be made available to all ISSCA members.
Any director may inform the board at any time of the intent to resign. The resignation will be effective upon receipt by the board.
Following due process and notification by the board of directors, any member of the ISSCA may be suspended for the following circumstances:
- Loss of licensure to practice osteopathy or medicine in any state.
- Conviction of a felony by a criminal court proceeding.
- Misconduct detrimental to the ISSCA or the medical profession at large
- Violation of the ISSCA Code of Ethics
- Violation of ISSCA Bylaws
- When the board of director places a member under a disciplinary proceeding, such a person shall receive the notification in writing by certified mail of such action. The time and place where a hearing by the board of directors shall be conducted would be chosen by the board. At the discretion of the board of directors, the accused member and the board may have legal counsel present at the hearing. However, the board shall make the decision, through a simple majority voting, to either terminate the ISSCA membership and any related ISSCA certifications or acquit the member.
Funds and Dues
ISSCA funds shall be considered monies raised from sales, donations, memberships and any other revenue sources approved by the board of directors. No private person or individual member shall benefit from a certain part of ISSCA funds. Regardless of any other provision of these by laws, ISSCA shall not perform activities that are not given permissions for a non-profit corporation exempt from federal income tax.
Board of directors are the determinants of any fees or dues. Starting from the day that membership was granted, annual dues are calculated on per
calendar year. Members will have their membership terminated if they are delinquent in their dues for 90 days following the renewal date. At the discretion of board of directors, dues may be waived or amended.
The officers, president and board of directors are elected in through simple majority vote of the eligible ISSCA voting members. Runoff elections will result from a voting ties.
Order of Business for board of director meetings:
- Call to order
- Approval of Minute
- Reports from Secretary
- Reports from Officer
- Reports from Executive Director
- Other business per agenda
Books and Records
ISSCA shall keep complete records and books of any expenditures, scheduled activities and meeting minutes. Board directors shall be able to access all books and records at any time.
ISSCA bylaws are subjected to amendments through a simple majority vote by the board of directors.