The “World Association of Perinatal Medicine” has had three constitutions throughout its history.
The first Constitution, which was written by Prof. Ermelando Cosmi in April 1988, is titled “CONSTITUTION OF THE WORLD FEDERATION OF PERINATAL MEDICINE (WFPM)”. The draft of this first Constitution was written in Italian and English. It is therefore a constitution linked to the first attempt to create a World Association.
The second Constitution was born as a consequence of the definitive foundation of the World Association. In the first World Congress in Tokyo (1991), the Federation was transformed into the “WORLD ASSOCIATION OF PERINATAL MEDICINE”. In the first constituent General Assembly it was agreed to create a new Constitution. The text of this Constitution was approved in the Association General Assembly in Rome 1993.
The third Constitution, which is the present one, was born from the work of a Commission “ad hoc” composed by Professors F.A. CHERVENAK, E. COSMI, J.SHENKER and M. CARRAPATO, who modified some aspects of the second constitution by order of the WAPM Board and its General Assembly. This Constitution was approved by General Assembly of the WAPM in Osaka on September 16, 2003.
The present Constitution has 15 articles, and one By-Law with 10 points. After the definition, name, legal status (art.1), objectives (art.3), duration and language (art.3), the following articles explicated the conditions and types of the memberships (ordinary, honorary, etc.) and their obligations (art.4). The structure of the Association is deal in the articles 6 to 10. In then it is established the composition and functions of General Assembly and the Council, and the duties of the secretary general and the treasurer. Among the art.11 to 15 it is established the organization of several meetings (Council, Scientific Committees, Congresses, etc.) as well as the Finances and amendments the Constitution and Dissolution.