CHAPTER I TITLE AND HEADQUARTERS
Article 1. The World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS) is a non-governmental international union of acupuncture-moxibustion societies, having official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO).
Article 2. The Headquarters of WFAS is in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. The emblem of WFAS is a round pattern on which the world map and five needles are encircled by two bunches of moxa leaves.
CHAPTER II OBJECTIVES
Article 3. The objectives of WFAS shall be to promote understanding and cooperation among acupuncture-moxibustion groups throughout the world, to strengthen international academic exchanges, to develop the medical science of acupuncture-moxibustion, and to enhance the state and function of acupuncture-moxibustion in the medical health care of the people of the world, thereby contributing to the health of mankind.
Article 4. To attain these objectives, WFAS shall undertake the following responsibilities:
(1) Organize international conferences, medium-sized symposiums and seminars on acupuncture-moxibustion;
(2) Promote cooperation among acupuncture-moxibustion groups throughout the world, and encourage various kinds of academic exchanges on acupuncture-moxibustion;
(3) Take responsibilities required by the official relations between WFAS and WHO, accomplish the cooperation plan with WHO and implement the strategy of WHO on traditional medicine;
(4) Publicize and promote the science of acupuncture-moxibustion, strive for legal status of acupuncture-moxibustion in all countries;
(5) Develop education and training of acupuncture-moxibustion, and improve its professional quality;
(6) Promote the service of acupuncture-moxibustion treatment and acupuncture research.
(7) Publish periodicals on acupuncture-moxibustion, and provide information service;
(8) Formulate and promote organizational standards and international standards of acupuncture-moxibustion;
(9) Any other work necessary for realizing the objectives of WFAS.
CHAPTER III MEMBERSHIP
Article 5. WFAS is composed of member societies. A member society must be a lawful acupuncture-moxibustion society or organization of at least three year’s history in a country/region and must have at least fifty individual members with three fourths of them satisfying one of the following conditions:
(1) be a qualified acupuncturist or doctor of traditional Chinese medicine who:
A. holds a certificate or a license registered with the appropriate authorities in his/her own country or region to practice acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine; or
B. has been formally trained and qualified by examination as an acupuncturist or doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, or has been awarded a certificate of equivalent qualification, in a country where acupuncture is a traditional medical practice; or
C. has practiced acupuncture-moxibustion and qualified as an acupuncturist or doctor of traditional Chinese medicine in a country/region where the practice of acupuncture-moxibustion is legally recognized, and has subsequently emigrated to a country or region where such practices have not yet been legally recognized;
(2) be a qualified doctor of western medicine, who:
A. has received a certificate after completing the courses of an international training center established in cooperation with WHO; or
B. has graduated and been awarded an acupuncture-moxibustion training certificate recognized by the administrative authorities in his/her own country or region; or
C. has received at least 120 hours of basic training and at least 100 hours of clinical training in acupuncture institutions recognized by the administrative authorities; or
D. has been engaged in acupuncture-moxibustion research, albeit with no clinical qualifications.
(3) Researchers of other disciplines engaged in acupuncture research.
(4) acupuncturists passing WFAS International Acupuncturist Proficiency Test
Article 6. Societies that do not have the qualifications laid down in Article 5 may also be admitted as members by the Executive Committee of WFAS by a majority of three fourths.
Article 7. Applicants shall submit application forms to the Secretary-General. Membership shall be granted after consideration by the Executive Committee and approved by a majority of delegates at the General Assembly. When the General Assembly is not in session, membership can be granted by the Executive Committee after postal ballot, or after examination and vote at the executive meeting during international symposium once every year.
Article 8. Society members shall enjoy the following rights:
(1) to vote;
(2) to elect and to be elected; This right shall be automatically forfeited when a member fails to pay the annual membership fee for two consecutive years.
(3) to appoint the assigned number of delegates to attend the General Assembly;
(4) to enjoy priority and preferential treatment in international academic conferences and seminars on acupuncture-moxibustion and any other activities organized by WFAS;
(5) to have priority in obtaining periodicals and other WFAS publications.
Article 9. Members shall accept the following obligations:
(1) to abide by the Constitution of WFAS;
(2) to pay the annual membership fee when due;
(3) to implement the resolutions of WFAS and perform the tasks assigned by WFAS.
Article 10. Membership of members may be terminated under the following conditions:
(1) application to withdraw from WFAS;
(2) failure to pay the annual membership fee for an accumulative total of four years;
(3) performance of activities contrary to the objectives of WFAS.