1) The governing bodies of the Society are:
1. the Assembly of Members,
2. the Executive Committee, and
3. the Auditors.
1. the Assembly of Members
The Assembly of Members is the supreme body of the Society and shall hold Plenary Meetings. All members of the Society shall be entitled to attend the Assembly of Members which is normally held during the annual congress of the Society. The President, upon a resolution of the Executive Committee, shall convene the Assembly of Members by sending a letter stating the Agenda to all regular and honorary members The convocation may be sent electronically to individual email addresses or as a letter to members without a personal email address The notice period shall be at least six weeks from the day following the dispatch of the letter of convocation. The date of the postal stamp or of the email shall apply. The convocation is deemed to have been received by the member if it has been sent to the member's last known email or postal address. The Assembly of Members shall discuss the proposals of the Executive Committee and pass resolutions by a simple majority of the members present. Any duly convened Assembly of Members shall be recognised as a quorum, irrespective of the number of members of the Society in attendance.
An Assembly of Members may be replaced by an electronic circular and resolution by ballot, with the same notice periods, quorum and voting procedures as above.
2. the Executive Committee
The executive power of the Society shall be vested in the Executive Committee, which shall consist of at least seven voting members.
The selection of candidates to be considered for election to the Executive Committee shall be made by a Nominating Committee from among the individual regular members of the Society in good standing for at least the past three years.
The members of the Executive Committee are elected by simple majority and by secret ballot. They are elected for a term of four years and may be re-elected for one additional term, whereupon at least four years must elapse before re-election may take place. A term of office begins and ends on the date of the Assembly of Members.
A minimum of three voting members shall represent the fields of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases, respectively. Each elected member of the Executive Committee shall come from a different country.
The Executive Committee may appoint ad hoc non-voting members to deal with particular matters, for a term not exceeding four years. The Executive Committee may also appoint subcommittees for specific purposes, and define their terms.
The Executive Committee shall elect a President, a President-Elect (also acting as the Secretary General), and a Treasurer from among its elected members, and assign other portfolios to either elected or ad hoc members. The term of office shall be two years each for the President, the President-Elect and the Past President. The President-Elect shall be elected at an Executive Committee meeting taking place prior to the Assembly of Members at which he/she takes up his/her new office, and may not be elected in the last year of his/her term of office. The position of President shall be held in turn by a specialist in Clinical Microbiology and a specialist in Infectious Diseases.
The President, the Secretary General or the Treasurer shall represent the Society in legal matters and exercise executive powers as authorised by the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee shall pass resolutions with the simple majority of its members present at the Executive Committee meeting; the President has the casting vote. The quorum shall consist of four voting members.
The Executive Committee may appoint an Executive Director to manage the administrative office of the Society according to the decisions and directives of the Executive Committee.
3. the Auditors
A formal audit of the annual accounts shall be performed by a registered audit company, the Auditors, considering generally accepted accounting principles, legislation and the objectives as outlined in these articles. The auditors review the financial books and report their findings to the Assembly of members. The auditors are elected by the Assembly of members.