Statute

ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION

of the “Polish Association of Self-Medication Industry” Employers’ Association (as adopted by resolution of the General Meeting of Members dated 28 February 2017)

CHAPTER I

General Provisions

Article 1

The name of the Association is “The Polish Association of Self-Medication Industry” Employers’ Association; the Association shall be hereinafter referred to as the “Association”.

Article 2

The name of the Association is legally reserved.

Article 3

  1. The Association operates in the Republic of Poland and abroad. Subject to the terms provided by law, the Association may be a part of, amalgamate or associate with, other entities having similar scope of activities, only provided that such entities are legally authorized to carry out their activities in the Republic of Poland.
  2. Under a relevant resolution of the General Meeting of Members and in compliance with international treaties to which the Republic of Poland is a party, the Association may apply for membership in international organizations.

Article 4

  1. The registered office of the Association is in Warsaw.
  2. The Association may create its own emblem, use a logo, a shortened name of “Związek Pracodawców PASMI” [PASMI Employers’ Association] and “PASMI” abbreviation.

Article 5

  1. The Association is a voluntary, independent and self-governing organization, operating under the Employers’ Organizations Act of 23 May 1991 (Dz. U. [Journal of Laws] No. 55, item 235), hereinafter referred to as the “Act”) and these Articles of Association.
  2. The Association’s duration is unlimited.

Article 6

The Association may use a rectangular stamp with its name and address.

Article 7

The Association has legal personality and its activities are based on voluntary work of its members. The Association may hire employees for the purpose of managing its affairs.

 

CHAPTER II

Objectives and Forms of Operation

Article 8

  1. The primary objective of the Association is to protect the rights and represent the interests, including economic interests, of associated members vis-à-vis trade unions, government and local authorities.
  2. Other objectives of the Association are:
  3. to promote and develop a reasonable use of OTC drugs in Poland (as specified in Article 11(1) hereof) with a view to improving health condition of the Poles;
  4. to promote the highest standards of registration, manufacturing and distribution of products classified as OTC drugs and to disseminate information about such drugs to the public;
  5. to promote the highest standards of notifications (applications and/or notifications), production and distribution of other groups of products listed in Article 11(1) hereof;
  6. to develop and set out guidelines governing the conduct of individuals, partnerships/companies or associations engaged in the aforesaid activities;
  7. to promote regular contacts and share information among individuals, partnerships/companies and associations established in Poland, that are directly or indirectly involved in scientific research, manufacturing, distribution, promotion and advertising of OTC drugs;
  8. to promote regular contacts and share information among individuals, partnerships/companies, associations, as well as nationwide and local institutions, organizations and associations, the activities of which promote, directly or indirectly, interests of the Association;
  9. to present, using all possible means, the objectives and achievements of the Association, as well as the results of scientific research in respect of OTC drugs to medical and pharmaceutical professional circles, authorities and the public.

 

  1. The Association shall attain its objectives in particular through:
  2. co-operating with state central and local authorities, state institutions and independent professional organizations;
  3. co-operating with organizations operating in the health and social care industry;
  4. co-operating with the AESGP [Association of the European Self-Medication Industry], as part of the Association’s activities on the European level, and through promoting and complying with its Code of Ethics and other rules adopted at its discretion;
  5. co-operating with members of the Association and with non-member entities that are involved in manufacturing, distribution, promotion and advertising of OTC drugs;
  6. sharing opinions in all matters related to the pharmaceutical industry, both with the public and relevant institutions, authorities and associations;
  7. using services of professional advisers and hiring employees for the purpose of furthering its objectives;
  8. establishing funds allowing for the attainment of the objectives listed in Article 8.

 

Article 9

The Association may carry out business on general terms set out in separate regulations. Operating profit generated by the Association shall be used for the attainment of the objectives set out herein and may not be distributed among the Association’s members.

 

CHAPTER III

Members, Their Rights and Obligations

Article 10

 

The Association’s members are classified as:

  1. ordinary members,
  2. honorary members.

 

Article 11

  1. Ordinary membership is open to employers who are marketing authorisation holders or manufacturers of over-the-counter drugs (OTC Drugs) in the Republic of Poland, to employers who are manufacturers or distributors of medical devices, foodstuffs, including dietary supplements, cosmetics, hygiene products, as well as to employers operating on the pharmaceutical services market.
  2. Admission as a member of the Association shall take place on the basis of a written application signed by authorized representatives of the employer applying for membership. Admission of new members shall take place on the basis of a resolution of the Management Board of the Association, upon examination of the application and receipt of written recommendations from two current members.
  3. The General Meeting of Members may award honorary membership to employers other than those specified above and to individuals who recognize the Association’s objectives set out herein and wish to assist the Association in its activities.

Article 12

  1. Employers who join the Association should warrant that they are able to properly discharge any incurred obligations by means of a set of technical, organizational and financial resources held by them.
  2. Members shall exercise their rights and discharge obligations through their permanent representatives or personally.

Article 13

Each member of the Association may:

  1. stand for and vote at elections for the Association’s bodies through individuals authorized to represent the member or his or her employees; an individual representing the Association’s member shall participate in the election of the Association’s bodies;
  2. participate in meetings;
  3. have all disputes with other members settled by the Disciplinary Court;
  4. participate in General Meetings of Members and any forms of the Association’s activities;
  5. benefit from the forms of aid organized by the Association;
  6. participate in all activities and events organized by the Association;
  7. submit motions in matters regarding the members and activities of the Association;
  8. use information resources and documents of the Association and assistance provided by employees of the Association. Should this involve any additional costs, the member may be required to reimburse them;
  9. make use of the Association’s resources, acquired for common use by the members;
  10. submit opinions and motions addressed to the Association’s bodies;
  11. appeal to the General Meeting of Members against a resolution to remove the member from the register, adopted by the Management Board of the Association.

Article 14

Each member of the Association shall:

  1. comply with these Articles of Association, resolutions of the Association’s bodies and relevant rules of procedure;
  2. actively participate in work and promote the values and program of the Association;
  3. regularly and timely pay fees to the Association, as specified in a resolution of the General Meeting of Members;
  4. co-operate in fulfilling tasks specified herein;
  5. refrain from any activities that are non-compliant with the objectives pursued by the Association.

Article 15

  1. Membership in the Association shall cease if:
  2. the member resigns from membership in the Association by giving notice (which must be in writing to be valid) to the Management Board no later than 30 November of each year, except that such resignation shall take effect after two months following its submission;
  3. the member loses capacity to perform acts in law;
  4. the member is expelled from the Association by the Association’s bodies;
  5. the member is put into liquidation;
  6. the member dies;
  7. the Association is put into liquidation.
  8. The member shall be expelled if any of the following conditions is met:
  9. the member fails to perform the obligations hereunder or violates the rules adopted by the Association’s bodies and if the member’s conduct is unethical or noncompliant with the Association’s objectives;
  10. the member delays with payment of due subscription fee for more than six months;
  11. the member persistently fails to comply with the law, Articles of Association or Code of Ethics;
  12. honorary membership is invalidated under a resolution of the General Meeting of Members.
  13. A resolution to expel the member shall be adopted by the Management Board of the Association.
  14. The Management Board resolution to expel the member may be appealed to the General Meeting of Members, through the Management Board, within 30 days after it is received.
  15. If the Association’s member appeals to the General Meeting of Members against the resolution to expel him or her from the Association, the member may not exercise any rights that the Association’s members may have hereunder, other than the right to appeal to the General Meeting of Members, until the latter hears the appeal and passes a relevant resolution.
  16. Upon cessation of membership all rights and obligations of the Association’s member, other than the obligation to pay any outstanding subscription fees, shall expire.
  17. The member whose membership has ceased shall have no claims with respect to the Association’s property.

 

CHAPTER IV

Governing Bodies of the Association and the Disciplinary Court

 

Article 16

  1. The governing bodies of the Association are:
  2. General Meeting of Members;
  3. Management Board;
  4. Chief Audit Committee.
  5. Advisory bodies may operate within the Association on a permanent or ad hoc basis.
  6. The Disciplinary Court shall operate within the Association.

 

Article 17

  1. The term of office of the Management Board and the Chief Audit Committee shall be three years and shall be elected at the General Meeting of Members, in a secret ballot, with simple majority of votes of the Association’s members present thereat.
  2. Activities of the President and members of the Management Board and the Chief Audit Committee are voluntary in nature and, as such, shall not be remunerated.

Article 18

  1. An individual authorized to represent or employed with the Association’s member may serve on the Association’s governing bodies.
  2. If the authority to represent is no longer valid or employment with the Association’s member is terminated during the term of office, the membership in the Association’s governing bodies shall expire and the vacant office in the governing bodies shall be filled by election.
  3. If the member of the Association’s governing bodies resigns, is expelled or dies, the vacant office in the governing bodies shall be filled by election.
  4. One person may only serve on one governing body of the Association.
  5. Only one representative of the Association’s member may serve on one governing body.
  6. Representatives of one employer which is a member of the Association may not serve on the Management Board and the Chief Audit Committee at the same time.

 

General Meeting of Members

Article 19

  1. The General Meeting of Members is the supreme body of the Association.
  2. The General Meeting of Members shall be attended by members acting through their authorized representatives.

Article 20

  1. General Meetings of Members may be held as annual or special.
  2. An Annual General Meeting of Members may be held for reporting or elections purposes or combination of both.
  3. The Annual General Meeting of Members for reporting purposes shall be convened each year.
  4. The Annual General Meeting of the Members for elections purposes shall be convened at least once every three years, as soon as the term of office of members of the governing bodies expires, unless it becomes necessary to fill in a vacant office in the governing bodies at any earlier date.
  5. The Annual General Meeting of Members for reporting and elections purposes shall be held if members of the governing bodies may be elected at the General Meeting of Members for reporting purposes. In such case, there is no need to convene another Annual General Meeting of Members for elections purposes.
  6. The General Meeting of Members shall proceed in accordance with these Articles of Association.

Article 21

  1. A Special General Meeting of Members shall be convened by the Management Board:
  2. at its own initiative;
  3. at the request of the Chief Audit Committee;
  4. on a written requisition of at least one-third of all members.
  5. The Management Board shall convene the Special General Meeting of Members within 30 days after receipt of the request or requisition specified in clause 1.
  6. The Special General Meeting of Members shall only discuss such business for which it was convened.
  7. The Management Board shall notify members of the place, time and agenda of the General Meeting of Members at least 14 days prior to the scheduled date of the meeting. Such notice may be given via means of direct remote communication.
  8. Save as otherwise provided herein, resolutions of the General Meeting of Members shall be adopted in open voting, with simple majority of votes, in the presence of at least one-half of the total number of members. Resolutions of the General Meeting of Members may also be adopted via means of direct remote communication. Such resolutions shall be valid if all members of the Association have been duly notified of the content of the draft resolutions.
  9. The minutes and resolutions of the General Meeting of Members shall be signed by the Chairperson and the Secretary of the General Meeting of Members.

Article 22

The General Meeting of Members shall in particular have the power and authority:

  1. to adopt the Articles of Associations and any amendments thereto;
  2. to determine directions and long-term activity programs of the Association;
  3. to adopt and revise the Code of Ethics, to pass resolutions on the dissolution of the Association and the allocation of its assets;
  4. to appoint and remove members of the Association’s governing bodies;
  5. to consider and approve reports of the Association’s governing bodies;
  6. to consider and approve financial statements of the Association;
  7. to grant discharge to members of the Association’s governing bodies;
  8. to pass resolutions on any business to be transacted by the General Meeting of Members;
  9. to set the amount of subscription fees;
  10. to pass any other resolutions not provided for herein or reserved to the discretion of the other bodies of the Association.

 

Management Board

Article 23

  1. The Management Board shall manage all the activities of the Association in accordance with the resolutions of the General Meeting of Members, represent the Association vis-à-vis third parties and shall be accountable to the General Meeting of Members.
  2. The Management Board shall be composed of one or more members save that the maximum number of members of the Management Board may not exceed three. Where the Management Board is composed of three members, such members shall include the President and two members of the Management Board. Where the Management Board is composed of two members, such members shall include the President and one member of the Management Board. Where the Management Board is composed of a single member, such member shall be the President of the Management Board.

 

Article 24

The Management Board shall have the power and authority:

  1. to give effect to resolutions of the General Meeting of Members;
  2. to determine the budget of the Association;
  3. to adopt and revise the Rules of Procedure of the Management Board;
  4. to control property and manage the assets of the Association;
  5. to lay accounts before the General Meeting of Members;
  6. to convene General Meetings of Members;
  7. to pass resolutions to admit, suspend or expel members of the Association;
  8. to appoint advisory bodies of the Association and to adopt and revise their rules of procedure;
  9. to adopt resolutions authorizing payment of fees in instalments;
  10. to arrange for administrative assistance to be provided to the Disciplinary Court.

 

Article 25

  1. The Management Board shall be appointed for a three-year term of office by the General Meeting of Members in a secret ballot, with simple majority of votes of members present, save that the Management Board of the first term of office may be appointed by the Founders’ Meeting.
  2. The President of the Management Board shall be elected from among the Management Board members elected in the manner specified in clause 1, by the General Meeting of Members, in a secret ballot with simple majority of votes.

Article 26

  1. Where the Management Board is composed of a single member, the authority to bind the Association shall be vested in the President of the Management Board.
  2. Where the Management Board is composed of two members, the authority to bind the Association shall be vested in the President of the Management Board and/or the member of the Management Board acting alone.
  3. Where the Management Board is composed of three members, the authority to bind the Association shall be vested in the President of the Management Board and/or two members of the Management Board acting jointly. However, the authority to incur a liability in the amount not exceeding PLN 20,000 (twenty thousand zlotys) shall be vested in each member of the Management Board acting alone.

Article 27

  1. The Management Board shall meet as necessary, but at least once a quarter.
  2. Where the Management Board is composed of more than one member, resolutions of the Management Board of the Association shall be passed in open voting, with simple majority of votes, in the presence of at least two members of the Management Board and/or the President of the Management Board and one member of the Management Board (quorum).
  3. In the event of a deadlock, the President of the Management Board shall have the casting vote.
  4. The President of the Management Board shall decide on the agenda and organize the work of the Management Board.

 

Chief Audit Committee

Article 28

The Chief Audit Committee is a body of the Association appointed to exercise control over activities of the Association.

Article 29

  1. The Chief Audit Committee shall have the authority and power:
  2. to exercise control over all activities of the Association;
  3. to lay accounts before the General Meeting of Members;
  4. to provide the Management Board with its comments, conclusions and post-control recommendations.
  5. The Chief Audit Committee shall proceed in accordance with the rules of procedure adopted by the same.

Article 30

  1. The Chief Audit Committee shall be composed of at least two members appointed for a three-year term of office by the General Meeting of Members in a secret ballot, with simple majority of votes of members present.
  2. The Chairperson of the Chief Audit Committee shall be elected from among members of the Chief Audit Committee elected in the manner specified in clause 1, by the General Meeting of Members, in a secret ballot with simple majority of votes.
  3. Where the Chief Audit Committee is composed of three members, such members shall include the Chairperson and two members of the Chief Audit Committee. Where the Chief Audit Committee is composed of two members, such members shall include the Chairperson and one member of the Chief Audit Committee.
  4. The Chairperson and members of the Chief Audit Committee may attend Management Board meetings as advisors.

Article 31

  1. Resolutions of the Chief Audit Committee shall be adopted in open voting, with simple majority of votes, in the presence of at least two members of the Chief Audit Committee and/or the Chairperson and one member of the Chief Audit Committee (quorum).
  2. In the event of a deadlock, the Chairperson of the Chief Audit Committee shall have the casting vote.
  3. The Chairperson of the Chief Audit Committee shall decide on the agenda and organize the work of the Chief Audit Committee.

Permanent or Special Groups

Article 32

  1. Permanent Groups, appointed to discuss current questions of law and fact relating to registration or notification and classification of products referred to in Article 11(1) of the Articles of Association, may operate within the Association.
  2. Special Groups, appointed periodically in order to carry out specific tasks, may also operate within the Association.

 

Disciplinary Court

Article 33

The Disciplinary Court operating within the Association shall be responsible for ensuring expedient resolution of disputes between members of the Association and compliance with the highest possible ethical standards by members of the Association, in particular compliance with the law and the principles set out in the Code of Ethics.

 

CHAPTER V

Assets and Funds of the Association

 

Article 34

The Association’s assets are derived from subscription fees, donations, estates, legacies, the Association’s own activities and proceeds from the Association’s property. The Association’s property comprises immovable property, movable property and funds.

 

Article 35

The Association shall manage its funds and keep its accounts in accordance with the applicable law.

 

Article 36

The authority to acquire, dispose of and encumber the movable and immovable property and to deal with funds of the Association shall be vested in the Management Board.

 

Amount of Fee

Article 37

  1. The amount of subscription fees shall be determined by resolution of the General Meeting of Members.
  2. The amount of a subscription fee shall be determined taking into account the turnover of the Association’s member in respect of the products or services referred to in Article 11(1) hereof, based on the declaration of the Association’s member.
  3. Turnover declared by the members shall be verified by the Management Board of the Association.
  4. The General Meeting of Members may change the amount of fees and further oblige members of the Association to pay an additional fee. A resolution of the General Meeting of Members adopted by a two-third majority of votes in the presence of at least two-thirds of members is required to change the subscription fee or to oblige the Association’s members to pay an additional fee.
  5. The time limit and terms of payment of the additional fee shall be specified in a resolution of the General Meeting of Members.
  6. Honorary members are not obliged to pay subscription fees.

 

Terms of Payment of Fees

Article 38

  1. The fees shall be payable for the entire calendar year in advance, no later than at the end of February of the relevant calendar year.
  2. In respect of new members, the first fee shall be payable within 30 days of the application for membership in the Association being approved.
  3. The amount of fee in the first year of membership shall be reduced on a pro rata basis to the period preceding the approval of the application for membership in the Association.
  4. So long as any subscription fee remains outstanding, the rights and privileges of members, including the right to vote and hold offices, membership in the bodies and committees as well as the right to attend meetings, shall be suspended by resolution of the Management Board for so long as the subscription fee remains outstanding. The rights and privileges shall be restored by resolution of the Management Board provided that the outstanding fee is paid within six months from its due date. After the expiry of the abovementioned period, the rights and privileges may only be restored by filing a new application for membership, in accordance with Article 11(2) hereof, unless the General Meeting of Members allows the appeal of the Association’s member, referred to in Article 15(4) hereof.
  5. Any member of the Association may, no later than 30 October of each year, submit a written request to the Management Board to the effect that the fee due for the following calendar year be authorized for payment in two equal or unequal instalments, by 28 February and 30 June of the calendar year for which the fee is due. The Management Board may refuse to grant the request to authorize payment of the fee in instalments if:
  6. the member, by his or her conduct, does not warrant timely and correct payment of fees, and in particular if the member has any arrears in payment of fees;
  7. the economic situation of the Association does not make it possible to authorize payment of fees in instalments.

 

CHAPTER VI

Amendment to the Articles of Association and Dissolution of the Association

 

Article 39

Resolutions on amendments to the Articles of Association or liquidation of the Association shall be passed by the General Meeting of Members with simple majority of votes in the presence of members’ representatives accounting for at least one-third of the total number of votes. In such case, Articles 20 to 22 hereof shall apply mutatis mutandis.

 

Article 40

  1. If the General Meeting of Members passes a resolution on the dissolution of the Association, the liquidation of the Association shall be carried out by its Management Board as directed by the General Meeting of Members.
  2. If the Association is dissolved, the General Meeting of Members shall decide on the distribution of assets of the Association so dissolved, as specified in the relevant resolution.
  3. These Articles of Association were adopted at the General Meeting of the Polish Association of Self-Medication Industry held on 28 February 2017 in Warsaw.
  4. These Articles of Association repeal in its entirety and supersede the Articles of Association in the applicable version as of 28 February 2017.

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