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Statutes

The Confederation will be called the American Confederation of Urology (hereinafter CAU or the Confederation). It is constituted in the year 1935 in Brazil and legally registered on March 9, 1970 in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

It is a scientific and non-profit Confederation, which groups the Societies or Associations of Urology of the American Countries and the Iberian Peninsula.

The duration of the UAC is indefinite until its sovereign bodies decide otherwise and the number of its members is unlimited.

The current mission in 2010 is for the Confederation to reach the highest quality in the care of urological patients according to the latest scientific evidence provided by the recommendations of the Clinical and Health Safety Guidelines.

  • Act as representative body of the urologists of the Confederation and facilitate the continuous development of Urology in all its subspecialties
  • Periodically Conduct Urology Congresses.
  • Promote the highest standards of urological care throughout the Confederation.
  • Encourage urological research and allow the dissemination of its results
  • Establish norms of the Confederation for the formation and practice of Urology.
  • Encourage, help or advise the creation or operation of Societies or Associations of Urology that need it.

The CAU is constituted by:

  • The Societies / Associations of Urology of America and the Iberian Peninsula, which are called titular societies.
  • In countries where there is more than one Society / Association of Urology, all of them may be the CAU’s titular companies, as long as they are representative of their countries.
  • In countries whose Societies / Associations are not members of this confederation or where such companies do not exist, the CAU will promote their creation and formal incorporation to the CAU as titular companies.
  • The individual members of the Societies / Associations that make up the CAU will automatically be individual members of the CAU, to the extent that they are up to date with their obligations to their society / association.
  • Members / Associates can also be urologists that do not belong to the Confederation Societies / Associations.
  • Affiliated members can be doctors or health professionals, in both cases they must be endorsed by two CAU members who are up to date with their fees.

Every Society / Association that belongs to the CAU will comply with its obligations of corresponding fees for each active member of its Society / Association, established in 10 US dollars (revised upwards by the Executive Committee of the CAU).

The Societies / Associations that make up the CAU with more than 750 active members, will contribute with the maximum limit of 7,500 US dollars.

These fees must be diligently paid during the first four months of each year.

The Confederation shall refrain from participating in any kind of business for profit, and nothing in these Bylaws or Regulations authorizes the Confederation to do so.

The Confederation will not carry out any transaction, undertake any activity or carry out any business, exclusively for profit; the income received by the Confederation will be used exclusively for non-profit purposes. No part of any income will benefit any member or person.

The members with executive position will not receive any remuneration.

The Executive Committee will propose Regulations, when it considers it appropriate and for its adoption by the Members, provided that the Regulations are not incompatible with the Statutes of the CAU. These Regulations must be approved and may be modified, upon notification, by the affirmative votes of the simple majority of the eligible members and by a vote to be held at a special meeting convened in accordance with the Regulations or in the General Assembly.

The Confederation is governed sovereignly by a General Assembly whose composition and functions will be established in the General Regulations.

Section 1. Executive Committee

The administration of the CAU will fall at all times on its Executive Committee, which will be composed of the following members:

  • Secretary General
  • Deputy secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Internet and telecommunications spokesperson
  • Member of scientific activities, publications and congresses

The Secretary General shall represent the legal, civil, public and private effects of the Confederation. In his absence, the Deputy Secretary will assume this responsibility. The Executive Committee shall be elected by a vote by the General Board in Assembly for a period of three years, which may be re-elected for a further term.

The Treasurer will be the custodian of the assets of the Confederation and will work with the Executive Committee in the supervision of all accounting and financial records of the CAU.

Likewise, the Treasurer will present the report of the balance to the General Meeting in the Assembly and will facilitate the Audit by a certified public auditor if the General Meeting requests it.

The Internet and telecommunications Vocal must update, improve and expand the CAU website. It must also establish and promote communications among the members of the CAU.

The Vocal of scientific activities, publications and congresses should be in charge of the scientific program, together with the Secretary General and the Local Committee of the Society / Association of the Congresses of the CAU, and of the selection of topics and speakers and selection of abstracts.

It must also be responsible for all aspects of the organization of congresses together with the Host Society / Association, including preliminary investigation of the suitability of the proposed sites for future congresses.

Likewise, the promoter must be an incentive for publications in the journal to which the CAU is attached, monographs, books, bulletins, videos, CDs, etc.

Section 2. General Meeting

The General Meeting of the CAU will consist of six entities:

  • Executive Committee
  • Coordinators of the Working Groups
  • Office Directors
  • Presidents / Delegates of the different Societies / Associations that make up the CAU
  • Academy of the American Confederation of Urology
  • Honorary President of the American Confederation of Urology

All of them will have a voice and vote, except for the Office of the Directors and the Honorary President, who will only have a voice but will not vote (since the vote will be exercised as President of their respective Society / Association).

Section 3. CAU Working Groups

Their purpose is to promote the development and deepen the knowledge of the various facets of our urological specialty, as well as facilitate the scientific participation of the members of the Confederation in these fields and constitute it:

  • Urology of lithiasis
  • Female urology, pelvic floor and urodynamics
  • Oncology Urology
  • Pediatric urology
  • Sexual and reproductive urology
  • Reconstructive urology
  • Kidney surgery
  • Non-oncological prostatic diseases
  • Endourology, laparoscopy and robotics

The Coordinators of the Working Groups will be appointed by vote by the General Board, and their duration will be four years, not re-eligible.

The Working Groups, as working sections of the Confederation, are subject to the regulations and discipline of the Executive Committee and the Regulations of the Confederation.

The Coordinators will be full members of the General Board of the CAU, with voice and vote.

Section 4. Offices

The Executive Committee will propose the creation of Offices for a better development and control of the different activities related to the specialty:

  • Continuing education office
  • Ethics Office
  • Scholarship Office
  • Bylaws Office
  • Research Office
  • Office of history

Each Office will be composed of a maximum of six members, elected by the Executive Committee, and one of them, when deemed appropriate, may not be a urologist. The Presidency of the Office will correspond to the Executive Secretary General, who together with the Vocal of scientific activities, publications and congresses will be members ex officio of the same.

Responsibility for the operation of the offices will fall on the Office Director, who may attend the meetings of the Board, with voice but without vote. Being a position of trust, lasts the length of the Secretary General’s position, and may be re-elected without limitation of time.

Section 5. Delegated Chairmen of the Societies / Associations that are part of the CAU

All the Presidents are delegates who represent their respective titular Societies / Associations, which are part of the Confederation, and must be up to date with their quotas.

They will have a voice and vote in the General Meeting, and they can only be replaced by a member of the current Board of Directors of their Society / Association and that is duly accredited.

Members of the Board of Directors are considered to be those persons who have executive control and are not merely representative.

Section 6. Academy of the American Confederation of Urology

a. Composition:
Members who previously had the maximum official responsibilities of the CAU, such as the former presidents, and henceforth the Secretaries General.

b. Goals:
It is a consultative body of the Secretary General and / or Executive Committee of the CAU.

c. Rights:
They have a voice and vote in all executive bodies of the CAU, such as the General Board.

d. Duration:
Up to 75 years old.

Section 7. Honorary President of the Confederation

a. Appointment:
The honorary President of the Confederation will be appointed by the Executive Committee.

b. Candidate:
The appointment will be made by the President of the Society / Association that is in force in the year of the Congress, or exceptionally in the decision of the General Meeting at the proposal of the Secretary General of the CAU.

c. Rotation:
The Honorary President of the CAU will have the character of rotation, has a voice but will not vote (as honorary position, since the vote will be exercised as President of their respective Society / Association).

d. Duration:
The year of the current congress will be valid.

The Executive Committee shall comply with and enforce the resolutions of the Assembly of the General Meeting, interpreting them faithfully and, in any case, shall promote the necessary measures for the best achievement of the objectives of the confederation.

The election of the Executive Committee and the Coordinators of the Working Groups will be made by the General Meeting and will be specified in the General Regulations.

The Confederation will hold annual congresses after its transition from biennials. These congresses will be held in the country of the Host Society / Association. The General Board elects the venue of the Congress, with a minimum of three years in advance, preferably more.

The Executive Committee will present the proposals received.

The Host Society / Association must ensure that all CAU members are well received, and visas will be provided to all of them in the countries that require it.

Each of the applicants must present a formal written statement from the Board of Directors of their Society / Association confirming that they fully accept all the requirements that the regulation requires.

The organizing committee of Congresses of the CAU and the Host Society / Association will elect the executives of the congress, who must include on the part of the CAU, the Secretary General, the Vocal of Scientific activities, publications and congresses and the President of honor who must coincide as President of the Host Society / Association.

The Host Society / Association must include a maximum of four members, including the President of the Organizing Committee. In case there are two or more companies, they will have the proper representation through their presidents.

Any Society / Association that accepts to be the venue of the congress, will accept the following financial distribution, once all income and expenses are broken down as follows:

a.Societies / Associations that have less than 500 associates:

  • 50% for the American Confederation of Urology
  • 40% for the Urology Society of the host country
  • 10% for the Ibero-American Society of Pediatric Urology (SIUP)

b. Societies / Associations with more than 500 associates:

  • 20% for the American Confederation of Urology
  • 75% for the Urology Society of the host country
  • 5% for the Ibero-American Society of Pediatric Urology (SIUP)

As of 2016:

  • 40% for the CAU
  • 50% for the Local Organizing Society
  • 10% for the SIUP

All members of the General Board have the right to vote, except those of the Offices and the Honorary President of the CAU.

The Executive Committee will send, in due time, the official invitations that will accredit the voter’s right to vote according to regulations, but will always be no less than thirty (30) days before the Assembly.

In voting in which there is a tie, a second vote will be held and after the tie, the Secretary General (in his absence the Deputy Secretary) will have the tiebreaker vote in addition to his own.

Section 1. General Assembly

In the course of each Congress, a General Assembly will be held, to which all regular members who are up to date with their dues may attend. In the General Assembly, the members of the Confederation will receive a report from the Executive Committee of the CAU.

The Secretary General is the one who establishes the agenda and will notify it no less than sixty (60) days before said assembly, stating place and time and inviting all the members of the General Board to present observations, suggestions and / or recommendations. All contributions received by the Secretary General will be included in the final program, no less than thirty (30) days before the Assembly.

The elections that are carried out with executive character will always be by simple majority, by the members with the right to vote.

Section 2. Extraordinary General Assembly

The Extraordinary General Assembly meets, whenever necessary at the request of the Secretary General, or six members with the right to vote of the General Meeting, and said Assembly will be determined by the Executive Committee.

These assemblies will always conform to the regulations.

Membership in the CAU can be terminated by:

a. Dimmission or disability
b. Depido, which could occur in case of non-compliance with obligations
c. Serious failure against the interests of the CAU
d. Intereses personal for profit
e. Failure to pay for two consecutive years, without reason accepted by the Executive Committee

When voting, the decision must be accepted by a simple majority of the members present at the General Meeting. In the event of a representative vacancy, their replacement will be elected until the effective term of the Executive Committee.

The CAU will have an official disclosure body, which may be its own magazine or another publication that acts as the official disclosure organ of the CAU.

Any decision will be made in the General Assembly.

In any case, there must be an editor, CAU, who looks after the interests of the Confederation.

The Bylaws and Regulations can be modified, at the proposal of the Executive Committee or at the request of a third of the General Meeting, and its approval requires a simple majority of the members with voting rights.

The proposed amendment (s) approved will take effect immediately after its approval by the General Board.

The CAU logo is the exclusive property of the Confederation and may only be used where approved by the Secretary General of the CAU, except for the National Societies / Associations that are entitled to its use, together with their own.

By using the logo, it will not be modified in any way.

Applications for approval of the use of the logo, should be addressed to the Secretary General of the CAU, with sufficient anticipation of the printing deadlines.

Any misuse of the logo by a member will be considered a serious fault, which will be subject to sanctions, according to the Statute or Regulation.

The CAU must have a single Administrative Headquarters, where all its associates can be identified. This Headquarters can be independent or associated with a Society / Association of the American Confederation of Urology to optimize administrative and financial management.

The dissolution of the CAU will be made by proposing two thirds of the titular Societies / Associations, with 80% of valid votes for this purpose, in the General Assembly, which will designate a liquidator granting him the necessary powers for the performance of this mission. In this matter, only the votes of the members of the General Meeting with the right to vote are valid.

In the event of the dissolution of the CAU, its assets and inventories will receive the fate decided by the General Meeting, convened for this purpose.

The official languages of the Confederation are Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Anything not foreseen or insufficiently foreseen in these statutes will be resolved by the Executive Committee.

When the new statutes are approved and registered, the previous ones are repealed.
San Francisco (USA), Sunday, May 30, 2010.

1. In order to favor the transition from the previous to the current Statutes, and while the period of time for which the members of the Main Council were elected, the President-Elect, who would have assumed the office of President, is completed, will occupy, during the next two years, the position of Secretary General in the New Executive Committee; The Secretary General, who would have assumed the office of President-Elect in the Main Council, will occupy, during the next two years, the post of Deputy Secretary in the New Executive Committee, and during the next two years the position of Secretary General; and the Treasurer, who would have assumed the position of Secretary General in the Main Council, will occupy, during the next two years, the position of Treasurer in the New Executive Committee, during the following two years the position of Deputy Secretary, and during the two following the position of Secretary General.

2. The positions of Vocal of Internet and telecommunications and Vocal of scientific activities, publications and Congresses of the first Executive Committee will be chosen by the outgoing Main Council in the next General Assembly, as well as the Coordinators of Working Groups.

The Executive Committee will elaborate and propose for its approval in the first General Assembly, a Regulation that develops the present Statute.

The General Meeting is hereby empowered, so that, temporarily and for a period of two years from the approval of these Bylaws, the two existing administrative offices currently in existence (Buenos Aires and Miami) may remain open. At the end of that two-year period, a single administrative office will be created.

The present Statutes will take effect immediately after their approval by the General Assembly.

For its knowledge and dissemination among its members, these Statutes and their subsequent Regulations must be published in the official publication of the CAU (EvoluCAU and CAU website) as well as in the different Societies that are part of the CAU. the CAU.