STATUTE OF 
THE MALTA RESUSCITATION COUNCIL (MRC)

1. Name of Association 

1.1 The name of the Council is ‘Malta Resuscitation Council’, an interdisciplinary council for Resuscitation Medicine and Emergency Medical Care. The abbreviated name of the Council is “MRC”.

1.2 The Council shall be governed by its statute. 

1.3 The Council is a non-profit making organization. It may not favour anyone with expenses who is not serving the purpose of the Council nor may it dispense disproportionately high compensation. Members leaving the Council have no claim to any part of the Council's assets. 

2. Objectives of the Council 

2.1 The Council shall have the following objectives:
a) To preserve life by improving standards of resuscitation in Malta. 
b) To co-ordinate the activities of various organizations involved in resuscitation and emergency medical care. 

2.2 The Council shall pursue its objectives by: 
a) Disseminating guidelines and recommendations appropriate to Malta for the practice of cardiopulmonary and cerebral resuscitation. 
b) Updating these guidelines in the light of critical review of CPR practice. 
c) Encouraging audit of resuscitation practice including standardization of records of resuscitation attempts. 
d) Designing standardized teaching programs suitable for all trainees in Malta ranging from the lay public to the qualified physician. 
e) Promoting and co-coordinating appropriate research. 
f) Promoting political and public awareness of resuscitation requirements and practice in Malta. 

3. Membership 

3.1 The Malta Resuscitation Council shall consist of Ordinary members, Associate members and honorary members.

3.2 All members shall agree to abide by the Council’s code of conduct when representing the Council in any capacity.

3.3 Each class of membership shall receive benefits of membership as from time to time determined.

3.4 Ordinary members 
3.4.1 This shall be open to all Medical and Para-medical persons. 
3.4.2 The executive committee shall determine the eligibility for ordinary membership. 
3.4.3 Ordinary membership is renewable on an annual basis. 
3.4.4 Ordinary members may attend, speak and vote at Ordinary, Extraordinary and Annual General Meetings, and shall be eligible for election to the Executive Committee. 
3.4.5 Application for Ordinary membership may be made at any time to the Secretary. 

3.5 Associate members 
3.5.1 Associate membership may be granted to any individual who applies for such membership, subject to approval by the Executive Committee. 
3.5.2 Associate members may attend and speak at Ordinary, Extraordinary and Annual General Meetings but shall have no voting rights. They shall not be eligible for election to the Executive Committee, although they are eligible for co-option as non-voting members of this committee. 
3.5.3 Application for Associate membership may be made at any time to the Secretary. 

3.6 Honorary members 
3.6.1 Honorary life memberships may be offered to any persons who have distinguished themselves in the field of resuscitation, as determined by the Executive Committee. This will be subject to ratification at the next annual general meeting. Honorary members may attend, speak and vote at Ordinary, Extraordinary and Annual General Meetings and are eligible for election to the Executive Committee. 

4. Annual Subscription 

4.1 Ordinary members and Associate members shall be required to pay annual subscriptions, the amounts of which shall be determined by the Executive Committee and ratified at the Annual General Meeting.

4.2 Such subscriptions shall become due on the 1st January each year and any member whose payment falls 24 calendar months or more in arrears shall be deemed to have terminated his or her membership.

5. Executive Committee 

5.1 The affairs of the Council shall be managed by an Executive Committee which shall consist of:
Four (4) Officers: The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer, and seven other members. Hence the Executive Committee shall comprise a total of 11 members. 

5.2 The Executive Committee shall include a minimum of 8 medical practitioners.

5.3 The Officers shall be chosen by the elected Executive Committee.

5.4 Elected members of the Executive Committee shall serve for a period of three years in the first instance but shall be eligible for re-election. 

5.5 The Chairperson shall hold the post for a maximum consecutive period of 6 years after which he/she may not hold such a post for at least 2 years. 

5.6 Nominations for the Executive Committee election may be made in writing to the Secretary, by an ordinary member or an honorary member of the Council, subject to the consent of the nominee. Such nominations shall be invited by the Secretary in a general circulation to the ordinary members and honorary members, giving at least two weeks clear notice of a date of receipt which shall itself allow for the names of such nominees to appear on the notice of the Annual General Meeting. 

5.7 Voting for membership of the Executive Committee shall take place through a postal ballot on a proposed identified date instead of within the Annual General Meeting. The bye-laws governing the conduct of the elections are attached as Appendix 1. 

5.8 If any member of the Executive Committee shall fail to attend, without good reason, four consecutive meetings of the Committee, he or she shall be deemed to have resigned from the Committee. 

5.9 Seven members of the Executive Committee which shall include either the Chairperson or Vice Chairperson shall constitute a quorum. If a quorum is not present within 30 minutes of the fixed time for the meeting, the Chairperson or in his / her absence, the Vice Chairperson shall decide whether to hold the meeting with the members present or to adjourn the said meeting to another date.

5.10 Mid-term vacancies of the Executive Committee shall be filled as per Bye-law 1.5 in Appendix 1.

6. Sub-Committees 

6.1 The Executive Committee (EC) shall from time to time establish Sub-committees (SC) to oversee specific projects.

6.2 The Chairperson of each sub-committee shall be appointed by the EC and shall be a member of the said Executive Committee. He or she shall appoint such other members to the SC as seems appropriate. These members need not necessarily be Members of the Council.

7. General Meetings 

7.1 The General Meeting will meet annually. It shall in addition meet when the EC or at least 25% of the voting members of the Council formally request convocation.

7.2 Notice of the General Meeting shall be given at least three weeks before it is to be convened. In the case of an Extraordinary General |Meeting a minimum notice of 48 hours is required. All members of the Council are entitled to attend.

7.3 The agenda of the General Meeting shall be determined by the EC. Agenda items can be proposed, but must be submitted to the EC, in writing, prior to the meeting. The EC is entitled to add to the agenda any item of urgency.

7.4 The agenda shall be sent to the members at least 10 days before the meeting.

7.5 Only the General Meeting shall have the power to adopt and amend the statute of the Council and to decide on the dissolution of the Council.

7.6 The decisions of the General Meeting shall be taken by a simple majority of voting members present. This does not apply to the election of the Executive Committee which is governed by its bye-laws as specified in Appendix 1.

7.7 20% of the voting members shall constitute a quorum. If a quorum is not present within 30 minutes of the fixed time for the meeting, the Chairperson or in his / her absence, the Vice Chairperson shall decide whether to hold the meeting with the members present or to adjourn the said meeting to another date.

8. Audit 

8.1 The accounting period shall be the calendar year.

8.2 All financial operations shall be audited by an auditor elected by the Annual General Meeting.

8.3 The auditor shall present to the EC an auditing report for each accounting period. This report will be communicated to the following Annual General Meeting

8.4 On dissolution of the Council all funds shall be donated to such entity as decided upon by the General Meeting.

8.5 Bank accounts will be managed by five signatories who will be the Chairperson, Dr. Jonathan Joslin (ID 463262 M), the Vice-Chairman Dr Anna Spiteri (ID 3462 M), the Treasurer Dr. Malcolm Caruana (538980 M), Vice Treasurer Dr. Cynthia Farrugia Jones (ID 521773 M) and the Secretary Dr. Mark Attard Biancardi (ID 115683 M), who were elected on the current Executive Committee. Any two of these five persons would be authorized to sign while managing the bank accounts.

9. Separate Legal Personality 

The Council shall have a Separate Legal Personality of its own.

10. Indemnity

Every member of the EC shall be indemnified out of the Council’s assets against all actions, proceedings, claims, costs, fines, expenses and liabilities whatsoever which may arise or occur or be taken, commenced, made or sought from or against any member of the EC in connection with or arising from the performance of any of his / her duties in accordance with this statute.

The personal property of the members of the EC shall not, in any manner or on the happening of any event, constitute a guarantee in favour of the Council’s members or any third party in respect of any obligation arising under this statute.

11. Amendments to this statute. 


This statute may be amended at a General Meeting if the proposed amendments are approved by a two third majority of the members present in person thereat.


APPENDIX 1

MRC Executive Committee election Bye-laws: 

1.1 The Executive Committee shall be made up of eleven members of whom a minimum of eight shall be Medical Practitioners. 

1.2 The ballot paper shall include the names in alphabetical order of all the nominees divided into separate lists of Medical Practitioners and Paramedical Practitioners.

1.3 Members may vote for both lists of Practitioners on the ballot paper.

1.4 Each voter shall show his preferences by making a tick or a cross next to the names of up to a maximum of eight candidates from the Medical Practitioners list and up to a maximum of three candidates from the Paramedical Practitioners list.

1.5 If less than three candidates are on the Paramedical Practitioners list, the vacancy/ies on the MRC EC shall be filled by the Medical Practitioner/s polling the ninth (and tenth and eleventh as the case may be) highest number of votes. If in the absence of Paramedical Practitioner candidates there are not enough candidates on the Medical Practitioner list to fill all the vacancies, the Executive Committee shall operate with the number of available candidates (which must still include the minimum of eight Medical Practitioners) until more candidates are available to fill the vacant posts.

1.6 When a vacancy arises on the Executive Committee before an election is due, the post shall be filled by that candidate who in the previous election received the next highest number of votes in the same category. 

1.7 At the AGM an Electoral Commissioner shall be elected by consensus among those present. This identified person shall then be entrusted with running the electoral process through a postal ballot. The Electoral commissioner shall be empowered to appoint / delegate certain tasks to third parties but he/she will retain responsibility for the democratic running of the electoral process.