Introduction

From birth, the IFFS has been an “all inclusive” Federation.  A voice for practitioners that provide, on daily basis, care for patients facing reproductive challenges. For researchers that wished to discuss their findings and push boundaries of what can be done. For academics that had the desire to contribute to its education mission, to deliver knowledge wherever is needed and ideally on a face to face manner.  The IFFS is proud to have focused on delivering education particularly in low and middle income countries where the need is strongest.  This mission continues with the help on many National Societies that are in constant contact through their representatives on the Board or by direct contact and request.  The global representation on our Board continues to be the essence of what we represent.  A sum of your national voices.

Board representation and Election process

The IFFS Board of Directors consist of 6 Officers: the President (3 years term), the President Elect (3 years term), the Secretary General (max 6 years) the Treasurer (max 6 years), the Assistant Secretary General, the Assistant Treasurer, Immediate Past President (3 years) and 9 regular members, representing 9 Member Societies (3 new Member Societies voted in every 3 years).

The General Assembly is the supreme authority of the Federation, it is composed of representatives of Member Societies and the Officers of the Federation. The General Assembly elects the Officers, the members of the Board of Directors and Scientific Committees and the Chairman of the Scientific Program Committee.

The Nominating Committee, acting only during the General Assembly and chaired by the President Elect consists of four other members. Its principal duty is to make proposals to the General Assembly regarding the election of Officers, the membership of the Board of Directors and members of the next Scientific Committee.  Proposals for four members of the Nominating Committee must be made in writing to the Secretary General before the start of the World Congress. The President will select four names from the applicants to reflect the international diversity of the Federation.

The voting takes place on the occasion of the General Assembly occurring every 3 years at the World Congress.  Each eligible (up to date membership) Member Society represented at the General Assembly may exercise its allotted number of votes commensurate to its membership (see Article 9 of the By-laws).  A Member Society that cannot attend an extraordinary General Assembly may register its vote by electronic correspondence on items appearing on the agenda, such a vote must reach the Secretary General of the Federation at least 8 days prior to the opening of the extraordinary General Assembly.