By-laws of AWMF


The by-laws of AWMF regulate tasks and aims, membership, organs, meetings, board, office, and closure of the association. The rules are in conformance with German law of associations.

Google-translation of AWMF by-laws:


§ 1 Name, location, year

The association bears the name "Association of the Scientific Medical Societies" (
Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wissenschaftlichen Medizinischen Fachgesellschaften, abbreviation: AWMF). In it, the non-profit scientific societies of medicine are merged. The AWMF has its seat at Frankfurt am Main and is entered in the register. It then carries the suffix "e.V.".
The fiscal year is the calendar year.

§ 2 Tasks of AWMF

The AWMF serves to promote interdisciplinary cooperation of its member companies in the performance of scientific and medical tasks and objectives and the connection of scientific medicine with the doctor's practice. It represents the interests of scientific medicine in collaboration with other medical organizations and to parliaments, governments and the public. It seeks to close international cooperation with similar organizations.
To this end, opinions, recommendations or resolutions to be developed on current problems based on common discussions. As required commissions are formed.
The AWMF may set up to fulfill the statutes purpose pursuant to paragraph 1 own official publications or participate in official publications solely for the purpose of scientific communication and are not profit-oriented.
The AWMF pursues exclusively and directly charitable purposes within the meaning of the "tax-privileged purposes" of the tax code.
The AWMF is altruistic; they do not primarily pursue its own economic interests.

§ 3 Members

Upon written request to the Board any independent German scientific and medical society can become a member, used exclusively or mainly scientific questions of medicine including its practical applications dedicated to the constitution of which these goals as well as the profit of the company incurred and adopted by the Conference of Delegates inclusion criteria the sufficient in the current version.
Decides on the admission delegates conference. A specialist company will be included in the AWMF when 3/4 of the voting delegates approve this request. Abstentions are counted as negative votes.
Membership may be terminated on the part of a member of society without stating reasons within a period of three months to the end of the current fiscal year by giving written notice to the Board.
The AWMF may terminate the membership of a company if the conditions mentioned in 1 for membership in the AWMF are no longer met, and if at least 3/4 of those present voting delegates approve a request. Abstentions are counted as negative votes.
Has a member of society for more than two years paid a membership fee, membership in the AWMF ends automatically. The outstanding contributions must subsequently.
Upon termination of membership are not entitled to a refund of contributions or other benefits from the association.

§ 4 Bodies of AWMF

The Board.
Conference of Delegates (= DK).

§ 5 The Board

The Board consists of the president, two vice presidents, the former President (Past-President), Treasurer and up to six other Board members who are elected individually by secret ballot by the DK. The President and the other members of the Board are for three, the treasurer is elected for five years. All Committee members remain in office until the next election. Re-election is permitted.
The President and the Vice-Presidents constitute the board of the association within the meaning of § 26 BGB. The President and the Vice-President responsible for the AWMF and out of court. Each is authorized to represent. Internally, it is agreed that the Vice-President represented only in the case of a non-temporary absence of the President the AWMF. The case of the prevention needs no proof.
The Board conducts the business of AWMF. It prepares an agenda for the DK and has to put applications from among the member firms or their delegates to the sent with the invitation agenda if received this at least six weeks before the DK.
Board members are just the DK responsible in terms of their decisions under the Chairman's duties. The members of the Presidency are elected by the Conference of Delegates from among the delegates in written, secret ballot by an absolute majority. If none of the candidates in the first ballot an absolute majority, takes place in the second round instead of a run-off election between the two candidates who received the most votes in the first ballot.
Following the departure of a Board member by the vacant position in the next DK should be filled by secret ballot.
A sudden withdrawal of a Board member, the remaining members of the
Board on its own responsibility to appoint a delegate to the continuation of the business until the next DK.
The Board created on each DK earnings Protocol, signed by the President and any delegates and the President is sent to the member companies.
The Board may seek to comply with the above and further in § 2 of the Articles of Association delegate or not to delegate conference associated experts.
Moreover, it can use for advice specific questions standing committees or ad hoc committees. The Chairman of such Commission shall be appointed in consultation with the DK, unless the President does not want to even take the lead. The chairmen of the committees may attend the meetings of the Board. Are special interests of a member of society touched, as the delegate or other representative of this company is to be consulted in agreement with this to the Commission.
The Board shall be convened by the President either in-house or at the request of at least three committee members as needed, but at least immediately before each DK. The Board shall be valid only in the presence of at least three committee members.
Board members can receive a lump sum allowance.

§ 6 Treasurer, cash audit

The Treasurer manages the assets of AWMF.
The box office is to check once a year by two determined by the DK delegates who may not be members of the Board. They shall report to the DK, which can then relieve the Board.

§ 7 Conference of Delegates (= DK)

Each company shall appoint a delegate and appoint a substitute delegate. Each company has only one vote.
The DK belong to all delegates and their alternates. The DK is chaired by the President or one of his deputies.
The delegating professional may, at the Board, whether she wants it or his deputy transfer the voting rights in the DK after the election of its delegates.
The DK is usually convened twice a year. The Board announced at each meeting of the DK the date of the next meeting. The invitation to DK carried out by the Board. You must be specified with an agenda in writing at least four weeks before the meeting date.
An extraordinary meeting of the DK will take place at the invitation of the
Board, or if it is in the interests of the AWMF apply 10% of their members so request. The request to convene an extraordinary meeting must be submitted in writing to the Board, which sets a date for the extraordinary DK, enabling the timely submission of applications according to § 10, Section 1, and invites a timely manner. The DK has a quorum after regular invitation.
Proposals for the agenda can be made:
a) of the delegates of member firms,
b) by the presidents of member firms,
c), by the members of the Presidium of the AWMF
d) by the chairmen of the committees.
The DK decides on all applications from eligible party by a simple majority of the votes cast, provided that such statute prescribes no other regulation. At the request of the vote must be by secret ballot. An application shall be considered adopted if a majority of the voting delegates approves the proposal. Case of a tie shall be considered rejected.
The members of the Executive Committee are entitled to vote.

§ 8 The office

The AWMF operates to fulfill its statutory responsibilities permanent office.
Duties of office are handling the current business of the AWMF, the organizational preparation and execution of the events of the AWMF, the Press and Public Relations of the AWMF ("Center for Public Affairs"), the support of the member companies in their activities.
The employees of the office are directly subordinated to the

§ 9 Posts

Each company shall report annually to one established by the DK post. This depends on the number of ordinary members of the Member Company. The
Board may decide special arrangements.
The membership fees, donations and any surplus assets may only be used for statutory purposes. The members receive no benefits from the association.
No person may by issues that are related to the purpose of the association or from disproportionately high remuneration.
Board and each member of society can apply for a contribution change. For the acceptance of the application 2/3 majority in the DK is required.
The expenses of delegates and alternates - in particular to attendance at the DK - are not carried by the AWMF.

§ 10 Amendments to the Articles of Association

Requests for amendment of the articles can be provided by all voting delegates and of the Executive Committee members.
They are submitted in writing to the President with justification at least six weeks prior to the specified date of the next DK. You are the invitation to the next accompanied DK.
Amendments to the Statutes must be approved by the DK with 3/4 majority of the voting members present. Abstentions are counted as negative votes.

§ 11 Legal Issues and Liability

Board has to limit the liability of member societies on the assets of the AWMF with assumption of obligations for the AWMF. It can also exclude his personal liability to any parties.
For transactions that performs the
Board on behalf of the AWMF adhere members of the AWMF only with their share of the association's assets.

§ 12 Dissolution of the AWMF

The resolution of the AWMF can only be decided with 3/4 majority of the DK in writing and by roll call. Abstentions are counted as negative votes. Another factor to decide which charitable organization or purpose the assets of the AWMF be supplied.
Our liability is limited to the resolution of the AWMF the law.
Upon dissolution of the association or loss of tax-privileged purposes the assets of the Association shall, after deduction of liabilities to another tax-privileged corporation that has to use it exclusively and directly to promote scientific purposes.

By-laws were decided by the AWMF Conference of Delegates on 1May 13th, 2006 at Frankfurt/Main, last changes decided by AWMF Conference of Delegates on November 7th, 2009, at Frankfurt/Main.
AWMF is registered as "e.V." at Amtsgericht Frankfurt/Main, VR 13755

Finance authority Düsseldorf-Süd has attested "common public interest" of AWMF on March 30th, 2015.