BY-LAWS OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF SLEEP TECHNOLOGISTS
I Goal and Composition of the Society
The society called European Society of Sleep Technologists
(ESST) has as its main goal the promotion of all aspects of
sleep research in terms of technologies.
The other goals of the Society:
1) To promote exchange of information between sleep laboratories
in different countries
2) To help to standardize criteria for polysomnography for interaction
between different laboratories
3) To contribute to the development of the field of sleep in
4) To support the recognition of the profession of technologists
The office of the organization is located at the Center for
sleep- and wake disorders, MCH-Westeinde, Lijnbaan 32, 2501
CK Den Haag, The Netherlands
The means of action of the Society are:
1) All activities which are useful to the professional training
of its members
2) The organization of congresses and meetings, scientific and
research activities to promote communication between technologists
3) The organization of exchange programs and education initiatives
in different countries
4) Th website: maintenance of the website that includes for
example a forum, meetings agenda, the newsletter,
5) The interaction between national and international sleep
organizations operating in sleep field
6) The creation of special awards for technologists in order
to promote training and education in this field
7) The organization of any initiative for the achievement of
the Society's aim
The Society consists of Full Members, Honorary members and
Full Member: any person engaged in sleep research and related
topics shall be eligible as a member upon demand to the Society.
Honorary Members: any individuals or company who have rendered
exceptional services to the Society or whose action or thought
contributed in a significant manner to the scientific, social,
moral or economic progress of the Society. It has to be withdrawn
by the ESST's Governing Body upon a qualified majority.
Full membership and Honorary membership is free of charge.
Support Members: any individuals or company or institution that
annually pay dues whose amount shall be 500 Euro for one year.
The annual due can be revised by a decision of the governing
Body and the increase will be published in the internal statutes.
The paying of dues implies full and absolute compliance with
the statutes internal regulations and the decisions of all official
institutions of the Society.
The status of Full, Honorary, Support Members is lost by voluntary
decision, by dismissal, by exclusion. Each Support Member who
ceases to pay his dues for a period of three consecutive years
can be dismissed at the recommendation of the Governing Body.
Each dismissioned or dismissed member may be readmitted, upon
his request on the condition he pays his late dues from the
time of his dismissing.
II Administration and function
The Society consists of:
1) The National Delegates
2) The Board of Officers
3) The Governing Body
The national delegates are the representatives of that particular
country of the Governing Body.
Their main duty is to keep the contacts between the Board of
Officers and the national group of the Society's members. Each
national delegate is free to have its own internal regulations,
which of course cannot conflict with the spirit and goals of
The Society is administered by the Board of Officers. It shall
be elected every four years. It consists of:
President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Member at Large.
The President shall be generally responsible for all matters
concerning the administration of ESST. Moreover he or she is
responsible for the execution of policies determined by the
Governing Body and shall perform such other function as may
be necessary and shall promote the purposes of ESST.
The Vice President assists the President and the Secretary in
their duties and assumes the President's duties in event the
President is absent or disabled.
The Secretary shall be responsible for the maintenance of the
records of the Society; moreover he or she has to record the
trend of discussion, motions and results of voting during the
Business Meeting. The Secretary disseminates information regarding
ESST's activities. The Treasurer has the custody of funds and
securities of ESST keeps accurate account of receipts and disbursement
of funds belonging to ESST and deposits all the money in the
name and to the credit of the Society. The member at Large shall
keep the contact between ESST and different other international
associations in order to begin to collaborate and interact.
The Board of Officers deliberates and rules by simple majority.
The Governing Body of the Society is formed by all full members
included the Board of officers and the National Delegates. It
meets once every two years.
Anyone who has not been a member of the Society for at least
two years may not serve as a member of the Board of officers
Members of the Society may not receive any payment for the
function they perform; reimbursement for fees upon presentation
of all necessary receipts is the sole possibility of payments.
Expenses: are ordered by the President who represents the Society
in all legal and civil matters.
The annual resources of the Society consist of:
1) The dues and subscriptions of its founders and members
2) The grants for which it is eligible
The Society has a scientific basis: it is a non-profit organization.
III Modification of the statutes and dissolution
The statutes can be modified by the Governing Body.
The dissolution of the Society can be determined by the Governing
Body convened one month in advance according to the same procedures
as those as statute modification. The assembly must consist
of at least half of the current members. If the total of members
present or represented is insufficient, the Board of Officers
has to reconvene within a maximum of 15 days. This time it can
validly deliberate, no matter how many members are present or
represented. In any case the dissolution can only be decide
by a vote of a qualified majority of two-thirds of the present
or represented members.
In the case of voluntary or legal dissolution, the Governing
Body enacts the transmission of the assets of the Society, without
the power to give to any member of the Society anything other
than that which he contributed.