AIOP - Accademia Italiana di odontoiatria protesica

Statute

Name, purposes, site, duration

Article 1

We hereby establish a non profit scientific and cultural Association named: " ITALIAN ACCADEMY OF PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY", which acronym is AIOP.

article 2

The purpose of the Association is to promote dental health in the Italian population, with a particular interest regarding the stomatognathic function and its rehabilitation. To this end the Association:
a) is involved in the study, scientific research, upgrade, training and practice in prosthetic dentistry and in medical and biological disciplines and related techniques, even through contributions;
b) work in order to raise public awareness about oral health, to stimulate and promote a better understanding of the various branches of dentistry and the related professions and encourage observance of professional ethics.
The Association promotes every development contributing to the progress of the prosthetic dentistry and cooperates with national and international institutions that pursue similar aims The Association is a non-commercial, non-profit making and non-speculative organization.
The Association is allowed to carry out occasional operations of economic nature aimed only at the best achievement of the corporate purpose. In particular, the Association is allowed to organize refresher courses and cultural events with fee.

article 3

The Association is based in Italy, in Bologna, Piazza di Porta Mascarella 7.

article 4

The duration of the Association is unlimited.

Assets

article 5

The Association's assets result from the balance sheet.
The Association is responsible before third parties only with its own assets. Individual members are not allowed to ask for the division of assets, nor expect any share in the event of withdrawal. Upon the dissolution of the Association the remaining assets will be assigned for purposes of social utility.

Sections

article 6

AIOP is divided in two Sections:
• Dental Section
• Odontotechnical Section
Members will be registered in one or another section according to the Regulation.

Members

article 7

AIOP Members are divided in:
Founding Members, Active Members, Ordinary Members, Affiliated Members, Life Members, Honorary Members and Sustaining Members. The titles, qualifications and how to access the different Members categories are specified in the Regulation. All the Members have the right to participate in the annual Congress, to the Ordinary Members' Meeting, and, in general, to cultural events and Refresher Courses organized by the Association.
Active Members have the duty to confirm with their activities their qualification. In particular, the Active Member has a duty to:
a) attend all the meetings of the Active Members, the annual Congress and at least another Cultural Event among those provided by the annual calendar of cultural events AIOP: when an Active Member, without sending a writen justification to the Board of Directors, does not participate in the course of the year:
• to all the Meetings of the Active Members, and at least one personal participation to one of the events;
• or to the annual Congress;
• or to any of the Cultural Events in the calendar of annual events AIOP, the Board of Directors, with a majority decision, may propose the expulsion of the Active Member, after warning letter;
b) actively participate, if required by the Board of Directors, to the organization of the various activities of the Academy, in particular if these are held in the Member's area.
c) concede to AIOP the free use of personal work: in particular for the official positions of the Association, organizational activities, participation as a speaker for cultural activities. Any reimbursements and/or fees may from time to time be decided by the Board of Directors;
d) not to organize or actively participate in events organized at the same time as official events AIOP

Susbscription fees

article 8

The membership fees for all membership categories are valid for the current calendar year and expire on 31 December. Honorary Members and Life Members are exempt. The fee renewal must be made within three months after the expiration date (31 March). New Members will acquire the rights established by the Statute after the formal approval by the Board of Directors. The Active Member who hasn’t all the membership fee due payment settled within three months after the expiration date (31 March) is suspended of the Active Membership position and offices position within the Association. The Membership shall be restored only after the back payment of all fees within three years. After this period, to be admitted to the association as Active Member, a new application with the documentation requested must be submitted to the Association. This new application will follow the regular procedures.

Organs of the Association

article 9

The organs of the Association are:
• the Assembly of Active Members
• the Assembly of Ordinary Members and Affiliates;
• the Board of Directors
• the President
• the Ethic Committee

the Assembly of the Active Members

article 10

The Assembly of the Active Member is composed of Active Members up-to-date with the membership fee payment. The deliberations of the Assembly of Active Members regularly constituted, taken in accordance with law and the Statutes, oblige all members. Each Active Member shall be entitled to a vote and may be represented by written proxy by another active Member.
Each Active member may not represent more than one Active Member.
The assembly of Active Members shall be convened at least once a year, within the month of May.

article 11

The Assembly of Active Members has the following tasks:
a) approve the final budget;
b) nominate, among its members, the members of the Board of Directors: the President Elect, the Chairperson Elect of Dental Section, the Treasurer and 4 (four) Members;
c) elect, among its members, the members of the commissions provided by the Regulation;
d) appoint any Honorary Members and Life Members on a proposal of the Board of Directors;
e) decide on changes to the Statutes;
f) decide on changes to the Regulation;
g) decide one the dissolution and liquidation of the Association;
h) decide on the topics sent by the Board of Directors;
to fix on an annual basis, on a proposal of the Board of Directors, the fees of the members categories;i)
l) elect the members of the Ethic Committee;

article 12

The Assembly of the Active Members shall be convened by the President following the ordinary procedure once a year within the month of May, and every time that the Board of Directors considers it appropriate or that a written request is made by at least a third of the Active Members.
The convocation notice must be sent to all Active Members up-to-date with the membership fee payment.
The Assembly of Active Members is convened at least 20 days prior to the meeting by means of one of the following ways:
a) a registered mail with return receipt;
b) a registered mail delivered by hand;
c) an e-mail with acknowledgement receipt sent to the address provided by the members.

The notice of the meeting must indicate the day, time and place of the meeting and the list of matters to be discussed.

article 13

The assembly of Active Members, at first convocation, is valid when at least half of the entitled Members are present even by proxy. At second convocation, it is valid regardless of the number of the entitled Members.
Resolutions are adopted by the majority of those present.
For the modification of the Statute and the Regulation, it is necessary the presence, even by proxy, of two-thirds of the entitled Active Members by a majority of the Members present.
To decide the dissolution or liquidation of the Association and the assignment of the residual assets, at least three-fourths of the entitled Active Members, even by proxy, must be present with a majority of three-quarters of the votes cast. The elections of the organs of the Association will be held by secret ballot.

Assembly of the Ordinary Members

article 14

The Assembly of Ordinary Members and Affiliates is consultative body and is composed of all the Ordinary Members and Affiliates up-to-date with the membership fee payment. It must be convened at least once a year on the occasion of the annual Congress and its announcement may be inserted in the program of the Congress itself or sent by letter. The Assembly, to which are also entitled to attend Active Members, Honorary Members and Life Members, shall report the activities carried out annually by the Association, results obtained and future programs. At the Assembly, the Board of Directors, when retaining it relevant, may also subject questions and require the opinion, even if non-binding, of the Ordinary Members and Affiliates. Each Ordinary Member or Affiliate is entitled to one vote and may be represented by written proxy, by another member respectively Ordinary or Affiliate.

article 15

The Assemblies of Active Members, Ordinary Members and Affiliates, are chaired by the President of the Association or in his absence, by another person designated by the Assembly itself among the Members.
The President shall appoint a Secretary, even non member and if necessary, chooses two tellers among the Assembly.

Board of Directors

Article 16

The Board of Directors is composed of 9 members and precisely:
• President
• President Elect
• Chairperson of the Dental Section
• Chairperson of the Odontotechnical Section
• Treasurer
• Four Board Members
All the components of the Board of the Directors shall be elected by the Assembly of the Active Members among the Active Members themselves.
The President, the President Elect, the Treasurer and the four Board Members must belong to the Dental Section. The Board of Directors shall take office the first January of the year following the elections and remains in office for two consecutive solar years at the end of which the President Elect automatically becomes President and the Chairperson Elect of the Dental Section automatically becomes Chairperson of the Dental Section. The Assembly of Active Members shall elect the other seven members of the Board of Directors. The President and the Chairperson of the Dental Section can be elected again four years after the end of the term of their office. In the event of death or resignation of a member of the Board, the Assembly of Active Members must proceed to the replacement by an election, in the terms indicated in the Regulation. If a member of the Board of Directors does not participate for three consecutive boards, he shall be considered resigning and a new member will be elected, according to the Regulation.

article 17

The Board of Directors shall be vested with the broadest powers for the ordinary and extraordinary administration of the Association, being entrusted with all the operations that the present statute does not concede to the assemblies.
The Board of Directors directs the activity of the Association according to its aim and organizes an Annual Congress.
The Board of Directors, among other things:
• prepares and approve normally within the month of February, the budget;
• prepares the balance sheet, to be submitted for approval to the Assembly of Active Members;
• decides the convocation of the Assemblies;
• coordinates the work of the Committees provided by the Regulation;
• ratifies the proposals of nominations of Active Members proposed by the Committee Acceptance Active Members;
• decides according to the proposals, the nomination of the Sustaining Members;
• proposes to the Assembly of Active Members the nomination of Honorary Members and Life Members;
• communicates any infringements of the Members to the Ethic Committee, deliberates on the sanctions proposed and applies the deliberated sanctions in accordance with the next article. 24.
The Board of Directors has the right to delegate to the President or one of its members, all or part of its powers, within the limits of the ordinary administration.
may also nominate an authorized representative, even non-member, for certain acts or categories of acts.

article 18

The Board of Directors shall meet whenever the President deems it necessary and when three of its members at least make the request.
The Board of directors is convened by the President by means of a notice sent to the Board Members at least 15 days prior to the meeting by one of the following ways:
a) a registered mail with return receipt;
b) a registered letter delivered by hand;
c) an e-mail with acknowledgement receipt sent to the address provided by the Board Members.

In the case of particular urgency the notice can be sent with a telegram at least seven days before the meeting. The Board of Directors meeting is valid if the majority of its members is presented. Proxies are not allowed. The deliberations are taken when voted by the majority of those present; in case of equality the President in charge shall have the casting vote. The minutes of the meetings shall be signed by the President and the Secretary.

article 19

Elective offices of the Association are not remunerated.
The Board of Directors may decide reimbursement of expenses.

President

article 20

The President of the Association or, in case of absence or impediment, his delegate specially nominated, represents the Association toward third parties and in judgment, with faculty to promote, with the authorization of the Board of Directors, actions and appeals in any degree and seat of jurisdiction, appointing lawyers, solicitors to defenders and in general.
Other assignments will be specified by the Rules.

article 21

To resolve issues of particular importance and urgency, the President shall hold votes "ad referendum" between all Members of the Board of Directors or between all Active Members. The President will send, by recorded delivery, a circular containing the questions proposed and the means by which to express the vote itself.
The results with the majority vote of the members will be valid.

Ethic Committee - disciplinary sanctions

article 22

The Ethic Committee is composed of the Chairperson and two members, even non AIOP members, elected by the Assembly of the Active Members every two years. The Chairperson of the Ethic Committee is elected by the members of the Ethic Committee itself.
Members are eligible for re-election.
The charge of Member of the Ethic Committee is incompatible with the charge of Member of the Board of Directors
The Ethic Committee decides on the infractions and proposes the appropriate sanctions as provided by the following article. 23.

article 23

The Member who is guilty of infringements of the rules of the Regulation, or behavior conflicting with the purposes of the Association or violations of professional ethics, incurs the following penalties.
1) warning;
2) censure;
3) temporary suspension;
4) exclusion.

article 24

Complaints to the Ethic Committee shall be submitted in writing to the Chairperson of the Committee by the Board of Directors.
The Committee must, in any case, invite the Member who has been indicted to expose the reasons personally or in writing.
The Ethic Committee shall act by a majority, and the decision is sent in writing by the Chairperson of the Committee to the President of the Board of Directors. After deliberation, the Board shall apply the sanctions and communicate it by registered post to the Member concerned.

Advisory budget and reserves

article 25

The Association's financial year ends on December 31, of each year.
The final budget must be submitted for approval to the Assembly of Active Members each year within the month of May.
Any surplus of management up to 20% will be assigned to set up a blocked Reserve and the difference to set up an available Reserve.
The blocked Reserve may be used exclusively, with deliberation of the Assembly of Active Members, to cover any deficit.
The available Reserve can be used for the purposes of the Association with deliberation of the Assembly of Active Members.

article 26

Legacy, inheritance, donations and the like from private persons or institutions for the Association shall be accepted according to the law and the relative amounts shall be used to increase the blocked Reserve except in the case the testator or donor has expressed different instructions.

Final Regulations

article 27

For anything not covered in this statute, reference is made to the Civil Code and other laws on the matter.
If the Association is dissolved, the Assembly of Active Members will determine the liquidation and the destination of residual funds, as provided in Article 5.

article 28

All disputes that may arise for the interpretation and application of this Statute, between the Association, its bodies and Members shall be referred to the Ethic Committee that shall act as arbiter, except when the Ethic Committee or one of its members are involved.

Rules

Qualifications for Membership

Article 1

To become an AIOP member, the licenses and the qualifications listed below for each category are required:
Founding Members
The Founding Members are those who have created the Association, they constitute the first core of Active Members and are considered so to all the effects, and as such they are obliged to comply with the membership rules of the Constitution and Rules.
Active Members
Can belong to this category all those legally qualified to exercise the profession of clinical dentist or dental technician. More precisely: those who are in possession of academic titles legally recognized to exercise the profession of clinical dentist can be part of the Clinical Dentist Section, while those who are in possession of the dental technician diploma can be part of the Odontotechnical Section.
Ordinary Members
Can belong to this category all those legally qualified to exercise the profession of clinical dentist or dental technician. More precisely: those who are in possession of academic titles legally recognized to exercise the profession of clinical dentist can be part of the Clinical Dentist Section, while those who are in possession of the dental technician diploma can be part of the Odontotechnical Section.
Affiliated Members
Can belong to this category:
- Students enrolled in Graduate School of Dentistry and Prosthetics;
- Students enrolled in a Post-Graduate School of Dentistry or in a master degree in prosthesis or implant dentistry;
- Dental technicians, graduate or not, employees of dental laboratories;
- All students enrolled in legally recognized Odontotechnical Schools.
- Dental hygienists with a diploma legally recognized in Italy;
Life Members
Can belong to this category all the Active Members who, for health or age limit reasons, have stoped their professional activity and have been member AIOP for a period of ten years.
Honorary Members
May be called to be part of this category personalities that, with their scientific contribution, have dignified or developed the various fields of Medecine, Dentistry or Odontotechnics.
Sustaining Members
Can belong to this category natural or legal persons who financially support AIOP.

Instructions for Admission to AIOP

article 2

Admission to AIOP is regulated, for each category of membership, as follows:
Active Members
To submit an application for admission to the acceptance as Active Member the candidate must:
• have been an Ordinary Member for at least one year;
• submit to the President of the Association at the headquarters of the Association a written application for admission and send it, along with the own scientific/cultural curriculum, in the month of February or September;
• be introduced by two Active Members (Introducing Members);
• accept the Statute and the Regulation of the AIOP and possess the appropriated moral and professional requirements in the spirit of the Academy.

The documentation and/or requirements for the two instructions described below will be assessed by the Commission Acceptance Active Members, whose judgment should be ratified by the Board of Directors: the outcome will have to be communicated to the candidate and, if negative, will be accompanied by a written justification stating the reasons for the denial. The Committee Acceptance Members has the right to ask the candidate further tests or clarifications to validate the requirements for the acceptance and the candidates may be invited to discuss the submitted documentation in front of the Committee itself. Once accepted the request, the President will provide a written notice to the member. The new Active Member, once paid the membership fee within thirty days, will have access to all the privileges. To become Active Member, the candidate must follow one of the indications below:
Instruction 1 - Dental Section
The candidate must send to the Association the documentation regarding at least three prosthetic cases personally treated. By treatment of a prosthetic case, it is meant a complete therapy considering the needs of the entire oral cavity and not an isolated therapy. The three cases should preferably have different prosthetic therapeutic orientations to ensure greater possibilities of evaluation by the Committee. A complete removable dental prosthesis case can also be submitted. However, at least two cases must be resolved with a complex prosthetic rehabilitation.
Clinical cases treated during postgraduation or university programs in Italy or abroad are not eligible. Each case must have been completed by at least a year with clinical and radiographic controls.
Cases shall be submitted according to the following scheme:
1. Case Presentation
• general anamnesis;
• stomatologic anamnesis;
• stomatologic exams (with particular reference to prosthetic problems);
• occlusal analysis;
• radiographic examination (complete periapical radiographic analyse plus any radiographic exams required for the evaluation);
• periodontal exam (probing, mobility, etc.);
• critical analysis of the radiographic examination;
• critical analysis of the clinical situation.
2. Diagnosis
3. Treatment plan
• the various phases of the treatment plan must be listed with the motivation that led to a specific therapeutic choice.
4. Treatment
• detailed description of the prosthetic fases performed with indications of other therapies.
5. Final evaluation of the case
• stomatologic exam;
• occlusal examination;
• periodontal exam;
• radiographic analysis (complete status and other relevant radiographic exams for the assessment);
• consideration of clinical results obtained. The descriptive part of every single point may be submitted or on typewritten papers or preferably within the digital presentation itself with writing and graphics. The clinical documentation has to be submitted in digital format only in the following ways:
• pictures must be presented using PowerPoint or Keynote, a facsimile of which is available for download from the internet site of the Academy
at the address www.aiop.com
• the frames of the presentation must not exceed the number of 60 for each clinical case and may not contain more than 4 pictures per frame • pictures must have a legend.
The clinical documentation should always include:
• initial study models;
• situation of the oral cavity before treatment documented in the various aspects;
• documentation of the various phases of clinical treatment with prosthesis;
• documentation of side treatments can be inserted (perio, endo, ortho, etc. ) only if significant;
• completed case documented in the various clinical and radiographical aspects;
• final cast models.
To support the documentation, initial and final cast models are also required. Original initial and final radiographs of the cases in the original version must be enclosed in analogic or digital format. It is mandatory to submit the presentation with a self-signed certification attesting the authenticity of the documentation presented.

Instruction 1 - Odontotechnical Section
The candidate must send to the Association the documentation for at least three prosthetic cases personally treated. The three cases must preferably relate several prosthetic solutions to give the Committee greater possibilities of evaluation. A complete removable dental prosthesis case can also be submitted. However, two cases at least must report complex prosthetic rehabilitations.
Cases shall be submitted according to the following scheme:
1. Case Presentation
• prosthetic project transmitted by the dentist;
• considerations regarding the work development and materials;
• description of the adopted occlusal scheme and possible anterior guide;
• description of the operative sequences;
• considerations on the case once completed.
The descriptive part of every single point, may be submitted on typewritten papers or preferably within the digital presentation itself with writing and graphics. The clinical documentation may be submitted in digital format only in the following ways:
• pictures must be presented using PowerPoint or Keynote a facsimile of which is available for download from the internet site of the Academy at www.aiop.com
• the frames of the presentation must not exceed the number of 60 for each clinical case and may not contain more than 4 pictures per frame • pictures must have a legend.
The documentation of laboratory phases should always include:
• initial study models;
• work models (master) mounted in articulators and related details;
• waxing diagnostics (if performed);
• definitive wax-up with images of interocclusal reports highlighting the anatomical-coronal and anatomical-occlusal modeling and the application of the centric and eccentric occlusal modules;
• melted frame work, with pictures showing the melting technique, the accuracy of the margins and the design of the frameworks;
• aesthetic;
• completed case with images showing the occlusal congruence, and the aesthetic-morphological quality of ceramic;
• any initial and final clinical images (when provided by the clinical dentist).
To support the documentation, initial and final models are also required. It is mandatory to certificate with a self-signed document that all the documentation of the presentation is authentical.
Instruction 2 (Odontotechnical and Dental Section)
Researchers specialized in prosthetic field may also be accepted as Active Members, after the evaluation of the scientific documentation.

Ordinary Members, Affiliated Members and Sustaining Members
The application along with the certifications of the requested qualifications, must be sent to the Association along with the receipt of the membership fee payment. For Sustaining Members, it is the Board of Directors who will finally decide the approval.

Honorary Members and Life Members
The qualification is voted by the Assembly of the Active Members on the proposal of the Board of Directors. Each term, two Honorary Members only will be admited to the Association.

Voting

article 3

The votes for the election of the Board of Directors and the Ethics and Disciplinary Committees, are organized by ballot. The nominations are free and Active Members are given the possibility to vote only one name for each position. Candidates who have obtained the highest number of votes are elected for the position. Election for President and Chairperson of the Dentistry Section are not provided since the positions are automatically held by the previous President Elect and the previous Chairman Elect of the Dental Section.

Committees

article 4

The Committees are:
• Committee Acceptance Active Members;
• Committee for the Scientific Activity;
• Committee for the Relations with the Universities and other Associations, Organizations, Institutions, and Trade Unions.
• Committee Publishing Activities and Internet site
• Advisory Committee of Past President and Past Chairpersons
The Board of Directors has the right to establish other working committees, the members of which will be chosen among the Members of the Association. Each Active Member may nominate a member to the Board of Directors for the composition of the Committees. The Board of Directors, taking into account the indications and having heard the parties concerned, shall prepare the candidates list. Each Committee shall elect a Chairperson of the Committee.
The Committee shall draw up, once a year, a written report regarding the activities and deliver it to the Board of Directors.

Committee Acceptance Active Members
The Committee Acceptance Active Members is composed of five active members of which three of them at least must belong to the Odontological Section. They are elected for a two-year term by the Assembly of Active Members among the nominees recommended by the Board od Directors and may be re-elected. Voting is held by ballot and each voter must quote the names of five candidates. The Nominees who have obtained more votes are elected and have to indicate the Chairperson of the Committee to the Board of Directors within 15 days. The Committee must determine the suitability of candidates to become Active Members according to the procedures specified in Article 2 of this Regulation.

Committee for the Scientific Activity
The Committee is composed of five members, of which three at least must belong to the Dental Section, all Active Members, elected by the Assembly of the Active Members from among the nominees proposed by the Board of Directors; they shall stay in place for two years and may be reelected. The vote is organized by ballot and Members have the possibility to indicate five names. Candidates who have obtained the highest number of votes are elected and have to indicate the Chairman of the Committee to the Board of Directors within 15 days. The Committee collaborates with the Board in organizing and selecting the cultural activities, the research activities of the Association.
The Committee collaborates with the Board of Directors in organizing and selecting the cultural activities, the research activities of the Association. The preeminent activities of the Committee are:
• the preliminary evaluation of the work submitted to participate in the awards sponsored by the Academy
• the promotion of the above-mentioned awards
• the scientific evaluation of the documents and Projects produced by the Association;

Committee for the Relations with the University and other Associations, Organizations, Institutions, and Trade Unions
The Committee is composed of three members, of which at least two belonging to the Dental Section, all Active Members, elected by the Assembly of the Active Members from among the nominees proposed by the Board of Directors. They shall stay in place for two years and may be reelected. The vote is organized by ballot and each Member must report on the ballot paper the name of three candidates that the Member wants to elect. Candidates who have obtained the highest number of votes are elected and have to indicate to the Board a new Chairperson of the Committee within 15 days. The Committee assists the Board in its relations with the University, any Association, Organization, Institution, and Trade Union that may be useful for the achievement of the purpose of the Association. The Board nominates, from among the members of the Committee, the representatives of the Association within the Organizations of which the Academy is a part, such as CIC, ICP, IFED. The representatives AIOP within the different Organizations must leave the respective positions at the end of the mandate of the Board. Within 30 days from the beginning of the mandate of the new Board, the new representatives of the Association within organizations are nominated. Representatives may be invited to participate in the Boards of Directors in order to collaborate in a more direct and effective way and must write at least one annual report on the developed activity and deliver it to the Board.

Committee for the Publishing Activities and the Internet Site
The Committee is composed of 5 members all Active Members, elected by the Assembly of the Active Members from among the nominees proposed by the Board of Directors. They shall stay in place for two years and may be re-elected. The coordinator of the Committee may be invited to participate in the Boards to collaborate in a more direct and effective way. The prominent activities of the Committee are:
• to promote initiatives to improve the image and to disseminate informations relating to the Academy;
• to coordinate the activities of the Accademy web site;
• to write reports, newsletters or other forms of communication of the Academy
• to write the acts of the research session of the Annual Congress;
• to promote and participate in the publication of original and/or translated documents on the web site of the Academy.

Advisory Committee of Past President and Past Chairpersons
The Committee is constituted by the Past President and Past Chaipersons, by the President and the Chairperson in charge, by the President and the Chairperson Elect. The Committee has an advisory role and is convened at the request of the President in charge with specific targets, including the formulation of guidelines and suggestions in order to develop the policies and the internal organization of the Academy. Tasks undertaken by the members of the Board of Directors.

article 5

President
Has the legal representation of the Association. Nominates the Secretary among the elected Members at the Boards of Directors. Nominates a Secretary, even non Member, at the assemblies of Active Members and assemblies of Ordinary Members, and, if necessary, chooses two examiners among the Members presented at the Assembly. Convenes and presides over the Boards of Directors, shall convene and preside over the Assemblies of the Members, coordinates, along with the Board, the connection between the various Committees, presents an annual written report on the activities of the Association at the Assembly of the Active Members and of the Ordinary Members. Is in charge of the organization of cultural events, following the guidelines previously deliberated by the Board. Is in charge, along with the Treasurer, of the financial administration of the Association. The President and the Treasurer are allowed to open and use deposit accounts, current account or account of any type at any Institution (banking, postal, etc…) with disjoint signatures. If the President is resigning or should leave the charge for reasons of force majeure, the President will be replaced by a member of the Board appointed by the Board itself which will stay in place until the end of the biennium; that member may not be the President Elect.

Treasurer
The treasurer shall be the faithful custodian of the funds of the Association; shall collect the membership fees and any other income, providing for the immediate deposit of the sums according to the indications of the Board of Directors; pays the mandates signed by the President; draws up the budget according to the instructions given by the President and the Board and calculates annually the final balance, which both subjects to the approval of the Board before subjecting them to the approval of the Assembly of the Active Members. The Treasurer and the President are allowed to open and use deposit accounts, current account or account of any type at any Institution (banking, postal, etc…) with disjoint signatures.

Chairperson of the Odontotechnical Section
Is in charge of the cultural organization of the Dental Section with the approval of the President. If resigning or should leave the charge for reasons of force majeure, he will be replaced by the Chairperson Elect of the Odontotechnical Section who will stay in place until the end of the biennium.

President Elect
Becomes President of the Association at the end of the office term of the President. Assists the President and the Board of Directors in all the ordinary and extraordinary functions that are the responsability of the Board; he is in charge of the organization of the cultural events of his future mandate and submits them to the approval of the Board.

Chairman Elect of the Odontotechnical Section
He becomes Chairperson of Dental Section at the end of the office term of the Chairperson in charge. Assists the President and the Board of Directors in all the ordinary and extraordinary functions that are the responsibility of the Board itself; he organizes, along with the President Elect, the cultural events of his future mandate and submits them to the approval of the Board.

Parte del consiglio direttivo
shall assist the President, the Chairperson of the Dental Section, the President Elect, the Chairperson Elect of the Odontechnical Section and the Treasurer in the ordinary and extraordinary activities of the Association and complete the Board of Directors, where all have the right to vote.

Secretary
Keeps and signs, along with the President, minutes of the meetings of the Board and of the Active or Ordinary Members Assemblies. The secretary is nominated by the President among the Board Members Elect during the meetings of the Board of Directors. For the assemblies of Active and Ordinary Members, the secretary is nominated by the President and may also be a non-member.

article 6

If the President Elect, the Chairperson Elect of the Dental Section, the Treasurer and the Members of the Board of Directors have resigned or leave the office due to reason of force majeure, the Assembly of Active Members shall be convened within 60 (sixty) days to elect a new member to take the place of who has left the office.

article 7

When it is retained appropriate, the President may nominate, if approved by a majority of the Board, a deputy Secretary, even non Member, to assist the Secretary in charge. If requested by the Board, the deputy Secretary will be able to participate in the meetings of the Board itself without, however, the right to vote.

article 8

Patronage
The patronage of AIOP may be granted for scientific-cultural events (courses, conferences, meetings, etc. ) aiming to update and train the professionals of the prosthetic disciplines. The patronage may regard the organization and collaboration the control and/or the technical-scientific assistance for upgrade programs or professional training, promoted by Professional Organizations, Universities or other Institutions or Scientific Organizations, public or private. The event must fulfill the requirements listed below, in order to ensure the participants valid initiatives regarding the scientific aspect and teaching methodologies. To request the patronage, the following rules must be applied:
• the written request must be submitted at least two months prior to the time at which the answer is expected;
• it must be accompanied with a detailed program for the event, indicating the name of a responsible, to whom can be requested directly any clarifications.
• the patronage is granted or not once the content, the seriousness of the event and eventual sponsorships have been approved.
It is possible to contact the President for a preliminary approach. Any mention to a patronage AIOP on programs or flyers before a favorable approval is forbidden.
Key elements (minimum requirements) for the grant of the patronage are:
1. the Course must be organized by an Istitution sustaining, as an istitutional purpose, the ongoing training and the professional updating.
2. the Course must correspond to the real need of upgrading of the persons to whom is dedicated.
3. the program of the Course must clearly indicate the target, the tools to be used and the categories of professionals to whom the course is dedicated.
4. the means used for the teaching activities must be appropriated to achieve the stated objectives.
5. the organization must clearly specify which means and resources will be used to provide the course.

Use of the logo
The logo AIOP is property of the association. It must not be used for informative material by authorities, institutions or companies without explicit permission of the Board of Directors.

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Internet site
The website AIOP is the property of the Academy itself and represents a component of official information. The contents published on the website are protected by the intellectual property law. A non-private organization or institution, if interested in cross linking the AIOP website, must submit an application to the Coordinator of the Editorial Committee. After necessary preliminary evaluations and verification that the link to the website AIOP does not harm in any way the Association, the Editorial Committee will submit the application to the Board of Directors for approval. The application must contain a specific self-certification that the site manager requiring cross linking is in absence of conflict with the AIOP institutional activities and rules contained in the Statutes and Rules of the Academy and with the Code of Medical Ethics.