Anthroposophic medicine and antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Rising antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major global health problem - Studies show the significant potential from anthroposophic and other integrative medicine approaches to safely reduce antimicrobial use. Find  IVAAs statement  here.

Have as well a look at the presentation prepared for the CAM Interest Group, European Parliament, Bruxelles 1April 2014 

In November 2015, on occasion of the "Antibiotics Awareness Day", the IVAA together with EUROCAM published the position paper

 The role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in reducing the problem of antimicrobial resistance

CONSTITUTION of the International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations

CONSTITUTION*) of the International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations

Statuten DE

Constitution EN


Article I Under the name of “Internationale Vereinigung anthroposophischer Ärztegesellschaften”, [International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations] hereinafter IVAA, a society with head office in Dornach exists as under Article 60 ff. of the ZGB**) . 
Article 2 The society represents the anthroposophic doctors‘ associations internationally in all legal and political affairs for the benefit of Anthroposophic Medicine. The society collaborates with the international anthroposophic medicine coordination, IKAM, the working council of the Medical Section of the School for Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum.
Article 3 Organs of the IVAA are: 
the Members’ Assembly (MA), 
the Council, 
the Auditors. 
Article 4 Members of the society (IVAA) are anthroposophic medical associations and federations whose aim is to support and practise anthroposophically extended medicine. 
Article 5 Every association is represented by two delegates. One additional delegate with voting power is allowed per hundred full members of an association. 
Every member of an association can be present at the Members’ Assembly and has the right to express his opinion, but only a delegate can cast a vote. 
Delegates are elected by each association according to their own criteria. 
Article 6 The Members’ Assembly (MA). 
One MA takes place at least once a year. A written invitation is sent to members at least two months in advance of the assembly. All doctors of member associations should be invited to the MA. An extraordinary assembly can be called by at least 5 members or the Council. 
Article 7 At the MA every delegate has one vote. Insofar as no other provision is made in the constitution, the MA takes decisions and undertakes its elections on the basis of an absolute majority of the votes cast. 
Article 8 The delegates’ powers are as follows: 
Approval of the annual accounts and annual reports. 
Determining the annual contributions of member associations. 
Admitting new member associations. 
Excluding a member association. 
Election of the Council. 
Election of the chairperson. 
Election of auditors. 
Decision to dismiss the Council as under Article 890-OR (in line with application of Article 891-OR)***) 
Decision to review the constitution. 
Formulating tasks and aims that are binding on the Council. 
Decision to dissolve the society. 
Article 9 The MA decides whether to admit a new member association. Membership ceases through withdrawal, exclusion or dissolving of an association. Exclusion of a member can only result from a two-thirds majority of all delegates with voting power present at the MA.

Article 10 The MA determines the level of contributions. Distribution of the financial burden amongst member associations will appropriately take into account both the respective size of their membership and their financial position. 
Article 11 The Council. The Council consists of at least three persons, and no majority of members from any one country is allowed. The delegates elect the Council for a period of three years. The delegates likewise elect the chairman of the Council for a period of three years. Council members are eligible for re-election thereafter. 
Article 12 The Council represents the society both internally and externally. It is quorate when no less than a majority of all Council members is present. Decisions and communications become legally valid through the signature of the chairman or that of another Council member, following approval by a majority of the Council. 
Article 13 The Council submits a budget to the MA. The Council’s annual accounts and an annual report are presented to the MA and approved by the MA The conclusions and decisions of the Council will be presented to all association members in a PERIODICAL, which is published at least once a year. 
Article 14 The IVAA society can be dissolved by agreement from two-thirds of the delegates with voting powers present at an MA. As determined by the final MA, the assets remaining after all liabilities have been settled are to be used for a purpose that accords with the constitution. 
Dornach 1992 
*)Although this is a direct translation, in case of doubt it is the German text that is legally binding.

**)ZGB [Zivil Gesetz Buch] Swiss Civil Code

***)OR: [Obligations Recht] Swiss Law of Obligations

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