CONSTITUTION 2013 of
THE EUROPEAN COLLEGE OF
EQUINE INTERNAL MEDICINE
Accepted EBVS April 21st 2002
1st Revision September 30th 2009 (for final recognition)
2nd Revision February 10th 2011
3rd Revision March 13th 2013
The College of Equine Internal Medicine was established as an independent organisation by the First General Meeting attendees on September 14th 2000 in Birmingham.
ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION
Article 1: Name and Structure
1.1. The name of the organisation shall be: the European College of Equine Internal Medicine, hereafter referred to as the "College".
1.2. The College shall be a part of the trans-national structure for veterinary specialisation in the European Community (EC), as recommended by the Advisory Committee for Veterinary Training (ACVT) of the EC, set up by the Council Decision 78/1028/EEC of 18th December 1978 and OJ No L302 of 22nd December 1978, in its report doc. III/F/5285/3/91. The structure includes the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS), the Supervisory Committees for the specialties, and the Colleges of Specialists.
Article 2: Duration
2.1. The College shall be established for an unlimited period.
2.2. The College year shall run concurrently with the calendar year, subject to the first College year ending on the last day of December of the year in which the College is established.
Article 3: Objectives
The College is a non-profit organisation and does not pursue commercial interests. The finances of the College may only be spent in accordance with the Constitution. Members or officers of the College shall receive no payment from the funds of the College, except reimbursement of expenses.
The primary objectives of the College shall be to advance equine internal medicine in Europe and increase the competency of those who practice in this field by:
a) Establishing guidelines for the post-graduate education and experience required as a prerequisite to become a specialist in the speciality of equine internal medicine.
b) Examining and authenticating veterinarians as specialists in equine internal medicine to serve the veterinary patient, its owner and the public in general, by providing expert care for horses, ponies, donkeys, mules and other Equidae with medical diseases.
c) Encouraging research and other contributions to knowledge relating to pathogenesis, diagnosis, therapy, prevention, and control of diseases directly or indirectly affecting Equidae, and promoting communication and dissemination of this knowledge.
Article 4: Membership
The members of the College shall be the following:
(a) Founding Diplomates
(b) Diplomates (Section 3)
(c) Associate Members
(d) Honorary Members
(e) Non-practising Diplomates
(f) Retired Diplomates
(a) Founding Diplomates shall be:
1. Invited Specialists as defined in the general scheme of veterinary specialisation. They will be approved by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS) on nomination of the Interim Selection and Examination Committee appointed by the First General Meeting Attendees (September 14th 2000) upon the following criteria:
- being well-known specialists in the field of equine internal medicine at the time of invitation
- having contributed substantially to the development of equine internal medicine by research,
publications, and lectures
- having published at least six original scientific articles in refereed journals as first author, and at least six additional articles as co-author excluding proceedings and abstracts
- having presented original work and reviews at scientific meetings at least twelve times
- being uncontroversial for the majority of the future ECEIM members
- practising in Europe
- having at least ten years of experience in equine internal medicine
- spending at least fifty per cent of their time working in the field of equine internal medicine.
2. Specialists appointed de facto, also defined in the general scheme, which have been appointed by the Invited Specialists.
The de facto-appointed Diplomates should fulfil the following criteria:
- they have at least seven years of experience in equine internal medicine
- they spend at least fifty percent of their time in equine internal medicine
- they have published at least three original scientific articles in refereed journals as first
author, and at least three additional articles as co-author excluding proceedings and abstracts
- they have presented original work at scientific meetings at least three times.
Selection will be made by the Invited Specialists on the basis of a submitted CV including evidence of satisfying the above-mentioned criteria, and also indicating how the candidates have achieved their expertise. All persons known to be interested in a college of equine internal medicine shall be invited to apply for de facto registration by means of a personal letter outlining the above mentioned requirements. Application for de facto recognition is possible for up to three years after recognition by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation of the Constitution of the College. According to this final statement it is no longer possible to seek de facto membership after June 1st 2005.
(b) ECEIM Diplomate status
For ECEIM Diplomate status please refer to Section 3.
(c) Associate member status
The Asscociate member status is open for scientists of international standing who have made a significant contribution to research in the area of equine veterinary medicine and who could make a significant contribution to the work of the ECEIM and the discipline of equine internal medicine but who cannot be admitted as diplomates of the College. Evaluation will be made by the Education and Credentials Committee on the basis of a submitted CV including evidence of satisfying scientific achievement in an area relevant to equine internal medicine and evidence of international standing. The result of the evaluation shall be forwarded by the Chair of the Education and Credentials Committee to the Board of the College with recommendations regarding the granting of the Associate Member Status. The Board shall be responsible for conferring Associate Member status on behalf of the College. The following rules apply:
Associate Members are not conferred any diplomas and are not entitled to use the designation of Diplomate.
Associate Members are encouraged to participate in the training of residents together with Diplomates of the respective College. Associate Members are not entitled to act as resident supervisors without a Diplomate responsible for the training programme.
Associate Members are not allowed to hold office within the College or to vote at the Annual Business Meeting. They can be co-opted to College committees as advisors.
Associate Members are encouraged to participate in scientific meetings and workshops organised by the College.
Associate Members are not allowed to advertise their title.
(d) Honorary Members
Honorary Membership of the ECEIM can be conferred to a person who has made an exceptional contribution to the specialty of Equine Internal Medicine. A nomination for Honorary Member status requires the proposal of two Diplomates in good standing and an election with a two-thirds majority at a General Meeting or at an electronic vote. The maximum number of Honorary members the ECEIM is permitted to have is 5% of its membership. Nominations for Honorary Membership should be sent to the secretary at least 3 months before the General Meeting.
(e) Non-practising Diplomates
The status of non-practising Diplomate shall be conferred on a Diplomate who:
has not practised the specialty for two continuous years or the equivalent of two years during the previous five years
or has not fulfilled the requirements for the re-evaluation procedure
or has not attended at least 2 out of 5 Annual General Meetings (AGMs) without previous dispensation from the College.
A non-practising Diplomate is not allowed to use the title European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine nor Diplomate but may use the title Diplomate (non-practising). A non-practising Diplomate seeking to revert to full Diplomate status needs to satisfy the requirements of the Education and Credentials Committee of the ECEIM. Non-practising Diplomates shall pay such fees as determined by the Board from time to time.
(f) Retired Diplomates
The status of Retired Diplomate shall be conferred on a Diplomate who is permanently and irrevocably of non-practising status. A Retired Diplomate is not allowed to use the title European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine nor Diplomate of the ECEIM but may use the title Diplomate of the ECEIM (Retired). Retired Diplomates shall pay such fees as determined by the Board.
To qualify for membership as Diplomate, candidates shall meet the following criteria:
a) Have a good moral and ethical standing in the profession;
b) Be licensed to practice veterinary medicine and surgery in the countries of the European Community or the European Free Trade Association, unless relieved of this obligation by the Board;
c) Have successfully passed the general and certifying examination procedures of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine;
d) Diplomates of the ECEIM (Dip ECEIM) are allowed to hold Diplomate status in more than one of the Colleges recognized by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation. Diplomates of the ECEIM shall be entitled to use the title of European Veterinary Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine. However, Diplomates of the ECEIM who use the title of European Veterinary Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine are not allowed to use the title of European Specialist in any other specialty: registration as a European Specialist is limited to one specialty from a single College recognized by the EBVS.
Each individual elected to membership of the College shall be designated as a (Founder or Non-practising) Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine, or Associate Member in the case of membership via section 2 (c) above, and shall be authorised to use the designation of (Founder or Non-practising) Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine.
Each Diplomate shall be required to keep records of his/her patients.
Each Diplomate is expected to actively participate in the affairs of the College. Three and more unexcused absences from five Annual ECEIM Meetings or failure to pay annual fees for two consecutive years renders a member subject to disciplinary action by the Board of the ECEIM.
Any Diplomate may be expelled, asked to resign or otherwise disciplined for non-professional or unethical conduct or other action against the best interests of the College by unanimous vote of the Board of the ECEIM, pending confirmation by the College at the next Annual General Meeting.
The College may confer Honorary Member status on persons who have made exceptional contributions to equine internal medicine. Honorary Members who are ECEIM Diplomates retain their rights to vote and hold office in the College. Non-ECEIM diplomate Honorary Members are not entitled to vote or hold office in the College but can be co-opted to College committees as advisors.
Nomination for Honorary Member Status shall be made through the sponsorship of two Diplomates. The sponsors shall furnish the Executive Secretary with such information concerning the nominee, as required by the Board of the ECEIM, including a Curriculum Vitae.
Election of an Honorary Member shall be accomplished by a two-thirds vote of the Board and by a two-thirds vote of the Diplomates at the Annual General Meeting of the College. They shall not be required to pay dues and shall not be required to be re-accredited.
The registration of a Diplomate ceases by default when the speciality is practised at a level of less than fifty per cent (i.e. <20 hours a week) devoted to internal medicine of Equidae, or when the speciality has not been practised for two continuous years or the equivalent of two years during a period of five years.
In order to evaluate the requirements laid down in section 6 and section 9 of this article, all Diplomates are required to submit every five years a summary of their professional activities in which evidence of fulfilling these requirements and evidence of continuous education must be included. The format of this summary has to be approved of by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation and will be evaluated by the members of the speciality group. Negative evaluation may lead to cessation of registration. These Diplomates are awarded a non-practising diploma status, unless the cessation was for reasons for temporary or permanent suspension. They are bound to use the designation of non-practising Diplomate. A non-practising Diplomate seeking to revert to full Diplomate status needs to satisfy the requirements of the Education and Credentials Committee.
Cessation of registration must be approved by the Board of the College and requires twelve months’ notice.
Article 5: Organisation and officers
5.1 The College shall have responsibility for organising, approving and administering all scientific and business matters.
5.2 The College shall be composed of all the Diplomates. The Diplomates normally will elect every three years, by secret ballot, the following officers
5.3 The immediate Past-President shall advise the President.
5.4 The Officers will compose the Board of the College.
5.5 The President may not be re-elected into the same office. Usually, the President is succeeded by the Vice-President.
5.6 The President and/or Vice-President and/or the President’s nominee will act as representatives in the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation. The Secretary will act as deputy to the President and the Treasurer will act as deputy to the Vice-President.
Article 6: General Meeting
A General Meeting of the Diplomates will be organised each year, normally in conjunction with an annual Symposium or Congress to which all interested parties will be invited.
An annual membership fee will be collected by the Treasurer.
Article 7: Amendments
Proposed amendments to this Constitution shall be submitted to the President for study one month prior to distribution to the membership. Any proposed amendment shall be distributed electronically to the membership with a recommendation by the Officers, at least 30 days prior to being brought to a vote by the Diplomates either electronically or at the Annual General Meeting of the College. An affirmative vote of at least three-fourths of the Diplomates voting shall be required for adoption.
Article 8: Future Developments
Future developments may necessitate re-modeling the College to be able to adopt sub-speciality specialisation. Amendments for such an adoption need an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Diplomates’ voting.
EUROPEAN COLLEGE OF EQUINE INTERNAL MEDICINE (ECEIM)
Final Version May 2001 - Revision September 30th 2009 – Revision 10 February 2011 – Revision 13 March 2013
1 General Assembly (Annual General Meeting, AGM)
It is the duty of members to be present at the Annual General Meeting on a regularly basis.
The General Assembly is the senior legislative body of the College and has the following duties:
a) Determining and updating the Constitution and Bylaws.
b) Election of the Officers and Auditors.
Election of the Officers shall be by written ballot at the Annual General Meeting.
Written nominations must be received by the Chair of the Nominations Committee and sent to the Secretary at least two months prior to the Annual General Meeting.
c) Action on the auditor's report.
d) Formal approval of the business conducted by the Board during the preceding year.
e) Action on business, presented by the Board or as required by the Constitution.
f) Establish membership dues for the forthcoming year.
g) Expulsion of Diplomates.
Each Diplomate has the right to vote. He/she has to be present at the Annual General Meeting to do so. Each Diplomate has one (1) vote. Postal votes may be arranged at the discretion of the Board.
All questions before the College, except as designated elsewhere, shall be determined by the absolute majority vote.
The language of Laws, Bylaws, correspondence, negotiations and examinations shall be English.
2.1. The officers of the College shall be: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and one Member. The term of office is normally three years.
2.2. Election of officers shall be held at the Annual General Meeting of the College.
3 Duties of officers
The PRESIDENT shall preside at the meetings of the College, preserve order, regulate debates, appoint Committees not otherwise provided for, announce results of elections and perform all other duties legitimately pertaining to his/her office. The President of the College shall be Chairperson of the Fiscal Committee.
The VICE-PRESIDENT shall perform the duties of the President in his/her absence or inability to serve. The Vice-President shall, in general, succeed to the presidency when that office falls vacant.
The SECRETARY shall attend to the correspondence of the College; keep and publish annually lists of Diplomates, both practising and non-practising, perform the furthermore usual duties of a secretary and keep minutes of the College in books or e-format. Such books shall be the property of the College and accessible at all reasonable times and places.
The TREASURER shall advise the President on budget matters, shall arrange for safekeeping of all funds, draw vouchers, pay bills and expenses, and submit a written financial statement to all members annually. He/she shall keep full and accurate books of account, containing a record of all monies received and expended; such books shall be the property of the College and open to the inspection of the authorised officials at all reasonable times and places.
3.5 Vacancies in the offices of Secretary and Treasurer
Vacancies occurring on the Board shall be filled by election of a member at the next Annual General Meeting. Any member elected to fill a vacancy shall hold the office until expiration of the term in which the vacancy occurred.
4.1 The Board of the College
The Board of the College shall consist of the Officers and the immediate Past-President. The Board shall consider all the business and policies pertaining to the affairs of the College. It, or its designated Committees, shall receive all applications, conduct examinations and certify recommendations for Diplomate status in the College. It shall consider and act upon charges against Diplomates for alleged offences against the Constitution and Bylaws of the College or charges of unprofessional conduct and shall have the authority to recommend the expulsion of a Diplomate for grievous offences. It shall appoint Standing Committees, select the time and place of meetings and determine the fees for application, examinations, registrations and other fees. It shall direct the management of funds held by the College.
4.2 Education and Credentials Committee
The College shall form an EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE composed of five members appointed by the Board for a term of five years. Normally, the senior member of the Committee in terms of service shall serve as Chairperson.
The duties of the Education and Credentials Committee will be as follows:
1. The Education and Credentials Committee is responsible for setting criteria for residency programmes, for approving residency programmes and institutions, and for monitoring each resident's progress through the receipt of regular reports.
2. The Education and Credentials Committee will maintain lists of approved residency programmes, approved supervisors and current residents. It will document detailed requirements for residency programme that are necessary for the European College of Equine Internal Medicine approval.
3. The Education and Credentials Committee shall establish guidelines to assist applicants applying to sit the diploma examination.
4. The Education and Credentials Committee shall receive, review, and approve the candidacy of applicants.
5. The credentials of approved applicants shall be forwarded to the Examination Committee.
6. The Education and Credentials Committee shall receive, review, and approve the candidacy of Diplomates applying for re-accreditation every five years.
4.3. Examination Committee
The EXAMINATION COMMITTEE shall consist of eight members appointed by the Board normally for terms of three exam-years. The President shall be an ex officio member of this committee. The Examination Committee is responsible for preparation, administration, and evaluation of the General Examination. In addition, the Examination Committee is responsible for the coordination and administration of the Certifying Examination. Result of the examinations shall be forwarded by the Chairperson of the Examination Committee to the Board of the College with recommendations regarding the granting of diplomas.
4.4. Nominating Committee
The NOMINATING COMMITTEE shall be composed of three members appointed by the Board for a term of one year before elections. The Committee shall prepare a list of candidates for the offices of the College after a written call for candidates to all the Diplomates at least three months before elections. Candidates should be known by the Diplomates at least two months before elections. The Committee will report to the College at its Annual General Meeting.
4.5. Fiscal Committee
The FISCAL COMMITTEE shall consist of three members of the Board. The President shall serve as Chairperson, the Treasurer and the Past-President will be Members. This Committee shall prepare an annual budget for the College, prepare the Treasurer's books for the annual audit and advise the Board on financial affairs of the College.
Two auditors are elected by the General Assembly at the Annual Business Meeting for a one year term or they may be professional auditors approved by the General Assembly. The two auditors evaluate the report of the Fiscal Committee and report their findings to the General Assembly.
5.1 Qualifications to sit the certifying examination
Two categories of candidates will be allowed to sit the examination: Those giving evidence of satisfactory completion of an approved postgraduate period of at least four years, by the application deadline, dedicated mainly to the training on the practice of, and special education in, equine internal medicine with a solid background in equine general medicine, surgery and obstetrics such as obtained by a rotating internship. The following sequence of training normally is to be used:
1) A first training period of one year which must be a Rotating Internship, or its equivalent, as defined by the Education and Credentials Committee, which must be completed before starting an approved residency programme either in a standard or alternative programme.
2a) A second training period, which must be a residency programme, shall comprise a consecutive training programme of at least three-years in equine internal medicine conducted by a Diplomate of the College. These standard training programmes have to be approved by the Education and Credentials Committee before they start. The supervising Diplomate must submit a statement that the candidate has satisfactorily completed the approved time of training in a standard residency programme. Candidates successfully completing a standard training programme are eligible to sit the ECEIM diploma examination under Category 1a.
2b) An alternative training programme which has been approved by the Education and Credentials Committee before it starts. An alternative programme must be comparable to a four-year full-time internship /residency based programme; the alternative programme should not last longer than seven years. The supervising Diplomate must submit a statement that the candidate has satisfactorily completed the approved time of training in an alternative residency programme. Candidates successfully completing an alternative training programme are eligible to sit the ECEIM diploma examination under Category 1b.
In addition, all categories of candidates shall meet the requirements for publications which are:
i. One (1) first author original research paper published in a veterinary or scientific journal on the list of approved journals maintained by the Education and Credentials Committee.
ii. One (1) first author case report, small case series (less than 20 cases) or short communication or an additional original research paper published in a in a veterinary or scientific journal on the list of approved journals maintained by the Education and Credentials Committee.
The examination will include:
a) A General Examination, consisting of multiple or single choice questions. At least half of these questions will be clinical questions including all aspects of general equine medicine, the others involving pathophysiology. The examination must be taken and passed by all candidates seeking certification by the ECEIM.
A person who has previously registered his/her training programme with the College and has had it approved by the Education and Credentials Committee may take the general examination if both of the following are fulfilled:
i. A candidate must complete at least eighteen months of an approved residency programme, or its equivalent before taking the General Examination.
ii. In order to take the General Examination, the following items must be submitted: (a) a letter from the Supervising Diplomate verifying satisfactory progress in the training programme; and (b) a non-refundable examination fee payable to the ECEIM.
Only candidates who have received their veterinary qualification from an EAEVE-approved establishment shall be eligible for registration with the ECEIM, unless relieved of this obligation by the Education and Credentials Committee of the ECEIM. Supervisors should write to the chair of the Education and Credentials Committee to obtain an exemption from this requirement to before the appointment is made if they are planning to appoint residents holding degrees from non-EAEVE approved establishments.
A candidate may elect to take the General and Certifying Examinations in separate years or may take the General and Certifying Examinations in the same year provided the criteria for each of these examinations are met. A candidate can only enter the Certifying Examination when sitting the General Examination in the same year or when the General Examination was successfully passed previously.
b) The Certifying Examination is composed of three separate parts:
i) Multiple choice questions
ii) Essay question(s)
iii) Objective case management examination, including all aspects of equine internal medicine.
The examinations will be developed, administered and graded by the Examination Committee. Examination shall be taken in English only; the use of dictionaries (not being a veterinary dictionary) is permitted.
The candidate shall submit the exam application fee, which shall be determined annually, at the time of application, and the exam entry fee, after approval of his/her credentials by the Education and Credentials Committee.
A candidate must pass each section of the examination in order to become certified. Candidates that have failed the General Examination will have to retake the General Examination. Candidates that fail individual components of the Certifying Examination must retake only the failed components, however, candidates must re-take all the papers they have not yet passed each time they attempt to complete the examination. Candidates may apply to re-take the examination or part(s) of the exam not more than three times. All parts of the examination must be passed within 8 years of completion of the training programme.
Credentials of candidates who pass the examination will be forwarded to the President by the Chairperson of the Examination Committee.
Further details of the requirements for the training programme, admission, application procedure, and the general and certifying examination will be given in a separate information brochure of the College.
The College is a non-profit organisation. The expenses of the College shall be met through various sources of income.
a) Annual dues (payable by March 1), if the deadline is missed the annual dues increase by 25%
The annual dues (ECU) of each active member shall be determined by the General Assembly. Members shall be adjudged delinquent if they are one year in arrears, and may be removed by majority vote of the Diplomates if two years have elapsed without payment.
A Non-practising Diplomate of the College shall also be required to pay dues, Honorary Members will not.
b) Donations from companies and international organisations.
c) Income from educational meetings organised by the College.
d) Any monies accumulated shall be safely invested and serve as a reserve for possible use at a later time.
1. The Annual General Meeting of the College will be held during the Annual Symposium, the latter will preferably be organised together with an appropriate international congress or meeting, agreed upon by the Board.
2. An Extraordinary meeting of the College may be called at any time by the Board, or shall be called by the Board, by a written request (containing the explanation for such a meeting) from not less than ten per cent of the members. In the latter case, the Extraordinary Meeting has to take place within a period of three months. If not, these members are empowered to summon an Extraordinary Meeting themselves.
3. The Board and the Chairpersons of the Education and Credentials and the Examination Committees shall meet at least once annually between the dates of the Annual General Meeting, when judged necessary by the President.
Proposed amendments to these Bylaws shall be submitted to the President for study one month prior to distribution to the membership. Any proposed amendment shall be distributed electronically to the membership with a recommendation by the Officers, at least 30 days prior to being brought to a vote by the Diplomates either electronically or at the Annual General Meeting of the College. An affirmative vote of at least three-fourths of the Diplomates voting shall be required for adoption.
9 Appeal of Adverse Decisions
1 - An alleged adverse decision by the College may be, but is not limited to:
(a) denial of approval of a training (residency) programme
(b) denial of adequacy of an individual's credentials
(c) denial of the granting of a diploma to an individual
(d) temporary or permanent suspension of diploma
In the event of an appeal by a candidate/Diplomate alleging that an adverse decision by the College has been made, the Secretary of the College shall advise the affected person or the Dean of the College or official of the institution or practice organisation in which the affected training programme or Diplomate is located, and of the appeal procedure.
2 - Any candidate who wishes to appeal the decision on their application for eligibility to sit the examination must do so within 90 days of the postmarked date of their notification. The request for appeal must be made in writing to the Secretary of the College and shall include a statement of the grounds for reconsideration and any documentation in support of the appeal. The Secretary shall notify the President of the College and the Chairperson of the Education and Credentials Committee. The President shall appoint a committee of three Diplomates who are not officers or members of the Education and Credentials Committee, to serve as an Appeals Committee. The complete dossier of the candidate will be provided for the Appeals Committee to review. This will include a statement by the Education and Credentials Committee indicating the reason(s) for rejecting the candidate. The Appeals Committee shall meet and forward a decision to the President of the College within 90 days of appointment of the Committee.
3 - Any candidate who wishes to appeal the decision on failure in the examination must do so within 90 days of postmarked date of their notification. The request for appeal must be made in writing to the Secretary of the College and shall include a statement of the grounds for reconsideration and any documentation in support of the petition.
The Secretary shall notify the President of the College and the Chairperson of the appropriate Examination Committee. The President shall appoint a committee of three Diplomates who are not officers or members of the Examination Committee to serve as an Appeals Committee within 90 days of notice of an appeal. The Chairperson of the Examination Committee shall submit the examination and scores of the candidate, the complete list of scores of all candidates on that examination, and a statement as to the criteria used for the Committee's recommendation for pass and fail to the Appeals Committee indicating the reason(s) for rejecting the candidate. The Appeals Committee shall meet and forward a decision to the President of the College within 90 days of appointment of the Committee.
4 - Any Dean of a college, or official of an institution or practice organisation, who wishes to appeal the decision on the denial of approval or withdrawal of approval of a training programme or Diplomate status must do so within 90 days of the postmarked date of the adverse notification. The request for appeal must be made in writing to the Secretary of the College and shall include a statement of the grounds for reconsideration and any documentation in support of the petition.
The Secretary shall notify the President and the Chairperson of the Education and Credentials Committee. The President shall appoint a committee of three Diplomates who are not officers or members of the Education and Credentials Committee to serve as an Appeals Committee. If pertinent to the case, the Chairperson of the Education and Credentials Committee shall submit a written statement to the Appeals Committee indicating the reason(s) for denial of approval of the training programme. The Appeals Committee shall meet and forward a decision to the President within 90 days of appointment of the Committee.
5 - After completion of the appropriate procedure by the steps described above, if the affected party is not satisfied with the final decision rendered by the ECEIM Appeals Committee, he/she may request mediation by the official Appeal Committee of the Veterinary Specialisation Advisory Committee and the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation. The President of the ECEIM will give his/her opinion to the members of this Appeal Committee who will inform him/her of their decision afterwards.
10 Dissolution of the College
In the case of dissolution of the College, all assets shall be expended for educational purpose as decided by the last membership meeting.