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  • IBUS Module 2 participation, after completion of IBUS Module 1
  • Monthly webinars
  • Application for IBUS Research grant
  • Future online course material and e-learning
  • Members can be nominated for the Executive Board
  • Voting at the General Assembly

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§ 1 Name, Registered Office, Non-Profit Structure

The name of the Association is International Bowel Ultrasound Group (IBUS) with the addition of e.V. following the registration in the Register of Associations of the district court of Münster.

The registered office of the Association is in Münster.

The Association shall be entered in the Register of Associations of the district court of Münster.

The association operates as a non-profit structure. It does not pursue purposes primarily serving its own economic interests.

The financial means of the association shall only be used for statutory purposes. The members receive no donations from the financial means of the association.

No person may be favored by expenses that are external to the purposes of the association or by disproportionately high remuneration.

 2 Purpose

The purpose of the Association is the research, training and cooperation in the field of bowel diseases and intestinal ultrasound with the aim to improve patient care. As a part of this task, the Association will promote all efforts which may improve treatment or management contributing to improved disease control or cure.

Following this, the association pursues exclusively and directly non-profit purposes.

The purpose of the Association is implemented through:

  • Promotion, sponsoring and control of international research in the field of bowel diseases,

Cooperation and participation with/in other organisations that are interested in bowel diseases, including professional medical associations and industry,

  • Improving the quality of research, both in principle research and clinical research, in the field of bowel disease and ultrasound,

Supporting and promoting the training of healthcare personnel in the field of bowel diseases,

  • Organisation of international and regional scientific exchange and training exchange programmes in the field of bowel disease and ultrasound,
  • Exerting influence on the investigation and management of bowel diseases through use of ultrasound during development, publication and dissemination and teaching of best- evidence, guidelines or other teaching materials in the field of bowel disease and ultrasound.

 3 Membership


Any natural or legal person belonging to one of the following groups may become a member of the Association:

  • Physicians,
  • Expert medical staff,
  • National scientific organisations for bowel diseases,
  • Natural persons and companies with an interest in the Association’s subject matter.

The membership is independent of nationality, language, ethnic origin, religion, ideology or gender.


3.2.1. Individual Members
  • A Regular Member is a physician or scientist with a university degree working in the field of bowel diseases,
  • An Affiliate Member is any healthcare professional or student with an interest in the field of bowel diseases at a post- graduate level,
  • An Honorary Member is a person who has made an exceptional contribution to IBUS that has had a substantive impact on IBUS’ development and the achievement of its mission and objectives. Honorary membership is conferred to express IBUS’ wish to honour this person for his/her contribution. Only individuals can be nominated as Honorary Members.
3.2.2. Institutional Members

An Institutional Member is a medical institution, such as a university hospital, hospital, private hospital, research centre, or a company in the pharmaceutical field or medical engineering, or a self-help organ or funding agency within the healthcare system, as long as it complies with the Association’s regulations.

3.2.3. Corporate Members

A Corporate Member is a biomedical, biotechnological, nutritional or other company with a key interest in bowel diseases or with products or services in the field. IBUS Corporate Membership requires a commitment for a period of at least two years.

3.2.4 Application Procedure

Anybody who wants to become a member of the Association has to submit a written application, the acceptance of which will be decided by the Executive Board.

Candidates for Honorary Membership may be proposed to the Executive Board by a member of the Association. Honorary Membership will be decided by the General Assembly at the general meeting following the proposal.

Members are obliged to pay their membership fee on time. A member’s vote is suspended as long as the member is in arrears with the membership fee due.

Members are obliged to adhere to the provisions of the Articles of Association and to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner.

 4 Fees

The Executive Board determines the annual fee in its membership fee regulations.

 5 Termination of the Membership

A member may withdraw from the Association at any time. The termination has to be made in writing and submitted to an Executive Board member. Any fees already paid will not be refunded upon withdrawal.

It is possible to expel a member from the Association if her or his conduct grossly infringes against the interests of the Association. The General Assembly decides the expulsion, whereby a 2/3 majority of the votes cast is required.

§ 6 Organs of the Association

The Association consists of the following organs:

  • General Assembly,
  • Executive Board,
  • Advisory Committee.

 7 General Assembly

The General Assembly is convened at least once per year. It may also be convened if deemed necessary for the good/ in the interest of the Association. It would then be convened by the Executive Board, whereby each Executive Board member is exclusively entitled to do so. All members have to be summoned to the Assembly with a notice of at least six weeks, stating place, time and agenda. The summons will be sent by mail to the last known address of the member or by email. The notice period begins the day following the dispatch of the summons by mail. The day of the Assembly is not included in the calculation of the notice period. The agenda may be amended at a later date; any amendment has to be made in text form and which must be received by the members three days before the Assembly at the latest. Any applications for the agenda have to be submitted to the Executive Board with a notice of 14 days prior to the Assembly.

An extraordinary General Assembly may be convened by the Executive Board at any time or due to a written request by 10% of all members.

Members may be represented by written authorization.

The General Assembly may take place worldwide.

The Assembly may take place via video conference or online conference, provided all members in reasonable distance have access to video equipment/internet. The costs of the conference are borne by the Association. The Executive Board decides on the type of Assembly at its own discretion.

The General Assembly has a quorum without taking the number of votes represented into consideration.
It may also take place by resolution of the Assembly that is without a quorum concerning the main issue. The period indicated in the summons may be reduced to one week. The summons has to include reference to the first failed Assembly and inform that the new Assembly has a quorum without taking the number of represented votes into account.

The General Assembly is responsible for the following:

  • the election of the Executive Board and the cash auditor,
  • the election of the Executive Board,
  • the acceptance and approval of the annual report of the Executive Board,
  • the resolution on amendments to the articles of association,
  • the resolution on dissolving the Association and the use of the Association’s assets associated with it,
  • the expulsion of members,
  • the appointment of Honorary Members.

Minutes of the meeting have to be prepared on the resolutions of the General Assembly and signed by the Chair of the Assembly and the minute-writer. The minutes have to state place and time of the Assembly as well as the respective result of the vote.

Resolutions will be passed with the simple majority of the represented members. Resolutions on amendments to the articles of association require a 2/3 majority.

 8 Executive Board

The Executive Board consists of ten members, including the 1st Chair and the 2nd Chair. The Executive Board is elected by the General Assembly.

Only Members can be nominated for the Executive Board. The composition of the Executive Board reflects the different Work Groups. The repartition of the positions within the Executive Board is endorsed through the vote, according to the following separated lists of candidates:

  • Collaboration & Funding (2)
  • Education (2)
  • Scientific (2)
  • Public Relations (2)
  • Free List (1)

Furthermore, as individual position the historically Past-CHAIR.

Two (2) Executive Board members can be elected through each of the lists of candidates/Work Groups and only one (1) candidate through the free list. The elected members are the persons collecting the most votes respectively in each list/Work Group, otherwise if no candidate is available for a list of candidates, the members collecting the most votes among all lists/Work Groups of candidates are elected.

Each candidate can be elected by maximal one
(1) list of candidates. Detailed information hereto can be found in the separate Regulations of Votes. The Votes shall be carried out in written form and secretly.

The Executive Board members are elected for three (3) years and occupy their position until their elected successor accesses his/her position.

If an Executive Board member prematurely withdraws from his or her position, the Executive Board may appoint a representative for the period until the next General Assembly.

The Board elects its chair-person.

The Executive Board, within the meaning of § 26 BGB (Civil Code), consists of the 1st Chair and the 2nd Chair. The 1st and the 2nd Chair, each individually, represent the Association in and out of court.

The Executive Board’s responsibilities are in particular:

  • Safeguarding the interests of the Association and its members,
  • Admitting new members,
  • Strategic development and innovation,
  • Control over the operative transactions of the Association and its organs.

The Executive Board has a quorum when at least 50% of Executive Board members are present. Resolutions are adopted by a simple majority of votes cast. In the event of an equality of votes, the 1st Chair has the casting vote.
Rights and obligations of the Executive Board:

  • Meeting at least twice annually,
  • Preparing the agenda of the General Assembly, Organising and promoting the cooperation of own areas of responsibility according to the list in a separate work group,
  • Submitting an annual financial report to the General Assembly,
  • Electing country representatives,
  • Deciding on the approval and allocation of funds,
  • Informing the General Assembly on all matters of the association,
    Interacting with industry in the field of bowel diseases with regard to cooperation with and recruitment of corporate members
  • Nominating a management board for the Association for the execution of selected operative spheres of activity,
  • Assigning the execution of selected tasks / individual transactions to an external establishment located in Münster, on the basis of a separate Agency agreement granted by the 1st Chair.

 Advisory Committee


Advisory Board members are appointed by Governing Board and do not need to be IBUS members. Persons representing shared fields of interest with the IBUS but not allowed to occupy a position on the Executive Board can be members of the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee consists of the Founding Members and Country Representatives, as far as they have been nominated by the Executive Board and legitimated by the General Assembly in the first Term of Office, set for three (3) years.

From the second Term of Office of the Association, the Advisory Committee consists of the respective Deputy Representative of each Work Group and the Country Representatives as far as they have been nominated by the Executive Board and have been legitimated through the General Assembly.

9.2. TERM

Members of the Advisory Committee occupy their position for three (3) years.


One task of the Advisory Committee is to give advice and support to the Executive Board in any matter necessary. In coordination with the CHAIR, the members of the Advisory Committee can take over special tasks.

 Financial Year

The financial Year is the calendar year.

 11 Dissolution of the Association

The Association may be dissolved by resolution of the General Assembly. Invitations for an extraordinary General Assembly to dissolve the Association have to be issued if a written request to the Executive Board is made by at least 50% of the members. The dissolution order requires a ¾ majority of votes cast.

In the event of dissolution or with the omission of the tax-deductible purposes of IBUS, the assets of IBUS will be transferred to a non-profit organization ECCO (European Crohn’s & Colitis Organisation), working in a similar charitable field of activity according to §§ 51 ff. AO [German Tax Code]. A properly qualified lawyer should be appointed as liquidator.

 12 Publications

Publications are made in the Bundesanzeiger (Federal Legal Gazette).

These Articles of Association were established on 21st October 2018.

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