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African Society for Toxicological Sciences




The name of this organization shall be African Society for Toxicological Sciences (ASTS).



1.    To promote the acquisition and utilization of knowledge in toxicological sciences relevant to the continent of Africa.

2.    To facilitate the exchange of information among its members as well as with investigators of other scientific disciplines.



Section 1. There shall be four categories of membership: Full, Associate, Honorary and Emeritus.

Section 2.  Full. Qualified persons who have a continuing professional interest in toxicological sciences; and (a) who have conducted and published original research in aspects of toxicology, (b) who are generally recognized as experts in some discipline of toxicology or related sciences, and (c) who pay the membership fees; shall be eligible for membership, subject to conditions set forth in the by-laws.

Section 3. Associate. Qualified individuals who are engaged in professional scientific activities in toxicological sciences but who do not qualify for Full membership, or all students with 24 months of full time graduate training, and who pay the membership fees, shall be eligible for Associate membership, subject to conditions set forth in the by-laws.

Section 4. Honorary. Honorary membership shall be granted by the Society to persons who are not members in recognition of outstanding and sustained achievements in toxicological sciences relevant to Africa, subject to conditions set forth in the by-laws.
Section 5.   Emeritus.  A Full or Associate member of the Society who has retired from active work in toxicological sciences may be granted Emeritus status upon approval by the Council.  An Emeritus member may apply to be restored to full membership by written request to the President and approval by the Council.

Section 6. Corporate Associates.  Corporations, institutions or associations may be invited by the President of ASTS, with the approval of the Council, to become Corporate Associates in support of the Society.  However, such members will have no voting privileges.

Section 7. Voting. Full and Associate members of the Society described under Sections 2 and 3 of the Article shall be entitled to vote (a) at the annual meeting and at any special meeting on all matters pertaining to the affairs of the Society which are duly presented for consideration at such meetings;
 (b) by e-mail for election of officers of the Society and such other officials to be elected by the members under the by-laws in force, and (c) by e-mail on such other matters as may arise from time to time, pursuant to the by-laws upon action taken at any meeting of the members, be approved for submission to the full membership. A member designated under Sections 4, 5, or 6 of the Article shall have no voting rights. An Emeritus member, who was a Full member previously, shall retain voting rights.



Proposed changes to the Constitution shall be submitted in writing to the Council at least four months prior to the annual meeting. Upon approval by a majority vote of the Council, the Secretary shall send written notice of the proposed changes to all members of the Society at least four weeks prior to the annual meeting. A two-thirds vote of the ballots cast shall be required for adoption.


Duration and Dissolution

The Society shall continue to function until a proposal for dissolution is passed. For purposes of notice and voting requirements, any such proposal shall be treated as an amendment to these Articles and shall comply with the provisions of Article IV hereof. Upon the dissolution of the society, the Council shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all liabilities, dispose of all of the assets of the society.  This disposal shall be solely to organizations operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes and qualifying as exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

Such assets shall be disposed of by the Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county or district in which the principal office of the society is currently located.   No part of the net income of the society shall be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the society shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes herein set forth. No significant part of the activities of the society shall be directed towards the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. The society shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.


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