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International Association of
Anthroposophic Pharmacists


Statues Version 9 | Modifications: General meeting on 11 March 2010, 2 July 2010, 16 September 2010, 18 November 2022.

Art. 1 | Name

With the designation "International Association of Anthroposophic Pharmacists (IAAP)" (translation: Internationaler Verband Anthroposophischer Apothekerlnnen) an association according to Art. 60 to 79 of the Swiss Civil Code (ZGB) exists with an office in Dornach, Switzerland, Medical Section at the Goe-theanum, School of Spiritual Science.
*Synonym: Pharmacists specialized in anthroposophic Pharmacy)

Art. 2 | Purpose, objective, and tasks

The IAAP is the international umbrella organization of the national associations or  sections of associa-tions   of Anthroposophic Pharmacists, as well as for individual pharmacists.

Its purpose, objective and tasks are, in detail:

  • To represent pharmacist specialized in anthroposophic pharmacy in the anthroposophic-medical movement and in public life at international level. Anthroposophic pharmacy understands itself as an integrative part of a modern pharmacy, using both conventional and complementary medicines, what we call an enlargement of conventional  Pharmacy. .
  • To create and establish standards regarding education, further training, practice of anthropo-sophic pharmacy as well as standards for quality, safety and efficacy of anthroposophic medici-nal products (including but not limited to retail pharmacists).
  • To promote research in anthroposophic pharmacy.
  • To achieve international recognition by publications in specialized journals as well as training ma-terial for pharmacist specialized in anthroposophic pharmacy.
  • To establish a cooperative network between pharmacists specialized in anthroposophic phar-macy to exchange information and best practice throughout the world.   
  • To initiate / coordinate international activities.

To establish and to keep relations to:

  • other specialized groups and sections at the School of Spiritual Sciences.
  • other pharmaceutical interest groups and complementary medicine organizations at interna-tional level.
Art. 3 | Membership

The IAAP is composed of national associations of anthroposophic pharmacists / sections of anthropo-sophic pharmacists in national associations respectively, co-opted members, individual anthroposophic pharmacists, and honorary members.

3.1. Members with voting rights

3.1.1 National associations of anthroposophic pharmacists / sections of anthroposophic phar-macists in national associations respectively:
Members of the association are national associations/sections of anthroposophic pharmacists respectively recognized by the IAAP who delegate a pharmacists as a representative to the IAAP. The board of management shall decide about admission.
3.1.2 Co-opted members: For specific spheres of activities, the board of management may appoint experts as co-opted members.

3.2. Members without voting rights

3.2.1 Individual members: From countries without a national association or section of anthroposophic pharmacists, indi-vidual pharmacists or people performing pharmaceutical activities within anthroposophic phar-macy may be admitted to the IAAP by the board of management.

3.2.2 Honorary members: Persons regardless of their education who have made an outstanding contribution to anthropo-sophic extended pharmacy can be appointed as honorary members by the board of manage-ment.

3.3 Admission/Withdrawal and expulsion of members

3.3.1 Admission: The declaration of membership must be submitted in writing. Admission of new members will be checked and effected by the board of management. In the event of a re-jection, reasons must be given by the board of management and confirmed by the assembly of delegates.

3.3.2 Membership terminates upon death, withdrawal, or expulsion.

3.3.3 The declaration of withdrawal must be made to the board of management in writing at least one month prior to the end of the calendar year. In the event of non-observance of this time-limit, membership shall continue for one year.

3.3.4 Complaints about IAAP members shall be received and checked by the board of manage-ment. The board of management prepares a recommendation for the assembly of delegates about the measures to be taken.

3.3.5 Expulsion shall be effected by the assembly of delegates upon the board of management's request in the event of gross breach against the interests or objectives of IAAP or for other good cause. The concerned member must be given the opportunity to justify themselves.

Art. 4 | Criteria for recognition of national associations

For a national association or a section of anthroposophic pharmacists to be recognized by IAAP, the fol-lowing criteria must be fulfilled: The association has articles of association, in which its goal to develop-ment and support the enlargement of Pharmacy through Anthroposophy is stated. The full members of the relevant national associations or a sections of anthroposophic pharmacists must have passed all necessary national exams to be recognized as a professional pharmacist or have completed a master degree in (Industrial) Pharmaceutical Sciences.

They should be members of the Anthroposophic Association or actively support the enlargement of Pharmacy through Anthroposophy. 

Art. 5 | Individual members and their representation in the IAAP

From members without a national association recognized by the IAAP, may apply for individual mem-bership of the IAAP. Admission of an individual member to the IAAP requires the concerned person to be a professional pharmacist having passed all necessary exams to be recognized as a as a professional pharmacist or have completed a master degree in (Industrial) Pharmaceutical Sciences. He or she should be a member of the Anthroposophic Association or actively support the enlargement of Pharmacy through Anthroposophy.

The individual member has experience and knowledge in anthroposophic pharmacy and agrees to Art. 3.2.

Art. 6 | Organization

The bodies are:

  • Die assembly of delegates (membership assembly) 
  • the board of management
  • the auditors
Art. 7 | Assembly of delegates (= general meeting)

The assembly of delegates is the supreme governing body of the association and is convened at least once per year. The assembly of delegates will be called by the president a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the date by announcing the agenda items.

The assembly of delegates shall constitute a quorum if the members have been duly invited by announc-ing the agenda items to be covered. The assembly of delegates shall constitute a quorum if at least half of the voting rights are present. The voting rights may be transferred in writing to other members with voting rights. However, only one additional voting right can be transferred to each member. Requests can be submitted 10 days prior to the assembly to the president.

An extraordinary assembly of delegates shall be convened if one fifth of the members with voting rights or the board of management requests so. It must also be announced 4 weeks beforehand and must take place within one quarter year after the request at the latest.

Art. 8 | Tasks

The assembly of delegates reserves the following tasks:

8.1    Election of the board of management, of the president, and of the auditors.

8.2    Approval of the annual report, the annual accounts and the budget.

8.3    Granting formal approval of the board of management's actions and the auditing department's actions.

8.4    Liaising with other associations.

8.5    Modifications of the statutes with two-thirds majority of the present voting rights.

8.6    Dissolution of the association with two-thirds majority of the present voting rights.

8.7    Determining the annual fee.

8.8    Decision about the requests made by the board of management or submitted by the members.

8.9    Decision about expulsion of members with two-thirds majority of the present voting rights.

8.10  Decision about the measures recommended by the board of management in the event of com-plaint procedures.

Art. 9 | Board of management

The board of management is composed of a minimum of 3 members (minimum 2/3 delegates from national associations):

The president must be elected by the assembly of delegates and externally represents the interests of IAAP, s/he prepares the annual report and s/he calls the assembly of delegates.

For the rest, the board of management constitutes itself and enforces rules of procedure. The term lasts for three years. Re-election shall be possible. In its sphere of activities, the board of management shall constitute a quorum if at least half of its members are present and takes decisions by a simple majority. In this body, the president shall cast a vote. In the event of an equality of votes, his/her vote shall count twice. Minutes about the board meeting must be taken.  

Art. 10 | Authority to sign

The president is authorized to sign together with a member of the board of management in pairs. The treasure is authorized to sign pursuant to rules of procedure of the board of management.

Art. 11 | Auditors

The auditors are two members elected for three years by the assembly of delegates. The assembly of delegates may also appoint an external auditing department for three years for this purpose. The audi-tors shall audit the documentation and annual accounts and give an account in writing to the board of management for the attention of the assembly of delegates. 

Art. 12 | Rules of election and vote

The members having voting rights are entitled to participate in elections and votes. They may be elected to join bodies of the association. Votes shall be open. Votes by secret ballots shall only be held if one third of the present voting rights so request. Simple majority shall apply, except for modifications of statutes, expulsion of members and dissolution of the association. In such cases, two-thirds majority of the present voting rights shall apply.

Art. 13 | Sources of income

The association's sources of income are:

13.1 Membership fees

13.2 Donations, allocations, sponsorship

Art. 14 | Financial year

The financial year runs from September 1st to August 31st.

Art. 15 | Liability

Vis-a-vis third parties, the association's liability is limited to the association's assets. The members' per-sonal liability is excluded.

Art. 16 | Dissolution

The association may be dissolved by a resolution taken by the extraordinary assembly of delegates con-vened for this purpose. In the event of dissolution, any existing association's assets must be handed over to an organization with similar objectives.

These statutes were resolved in the general meeting on 11th of November 2022 and replace the statutes version 8 of September 16th, 2010.

Dr. Manfred Kohlhase (President)    Dr. Mónica Mennet-von-Eiff (Treasurer )