International Chromosome and Genome Society


The following statutes are a semi-free English translation of the Dutch statutes formulated to re-register the society in the Netherlands. Under Dutch and European law, a bank account can only be opened in the name of a society if the society is first registered in the country concerned. Registration involves defining a set of statutes by legal process and submitting this to a local Chamber of Commerce. These statutes have been tested by the Chamber of Commerce on their democratic and legal intent and not their cytogenetic relevance. Why the Chamber of Commerce? Because the Chamber of Commerce determines whether a body is a private individual, a profit making business enterprise or a society or a foundation. The later two enjoy the status of being tax free, which is very important. After many discussions the Board decided that the society option was the most applicable, because the Dutch laws governing societies provide the general members with a much greater power of decision making than foundations. The society must ensure that in the near future changes will be made to either the statutes or to a set of rules supplementing the statutes to reflect better our cytogenetic and genome ambitions. Comments to help interpret and use the statutes have been placed in bracketed italics. The term General Assembly refers to a general meeting of members.


International Chromosome and Genome Society, University of Kent

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 764000

Last Updated: 21/11/2012