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GD-Statutes (version of 9 June 1999 with changes on 20 April 1996):

Purpose und objectives of the GD

GD activities

GD membership

Members of the Managing Committee

Rules of procedure for the GD departments
GD Information in Brief (Status: May 2000)

GD-statutes (version of 9 June 1999 with changes on 20 April 1996)

§ 1 Name

§ 8 Organs

§ 2 Seat of society

§ 9 Managing Committee

§ 3 Financial year

§ 10 Advisory Board

§ 4 Purpose and objectives

§ 11 Departments

§ 5 Membership

§ 12 General Meeting

§ 6 Subscription fees

§ 13 Dissolution

§ 7 Termination of membership

§ 14 Effective date of statutes

§ 1 Name

The society bears the name GD Society for Dermopharmacy (e.V.) registered society

§ 2 Seat of the society

The society's seat is Cologne

§ 3 Financial year

The financial year is the calender year

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§ 4 Purpose and objectives

(1) The purpose of the society is

- promotion of scientific research in the fields dermopharmacy, dermatopharmacology, dermatology and cosmetology,

- the spreading of latest findings from the sectors of dermopharmacy, dermatopharmacology, dermatology and cosmetology for the benefit of the general public,

- enhancement of cooperation and information exchange between pharmacists,. physicians and other experts who support the scientific and applied dermopharmacy or have their field of activity within this sector as well as with German or international societies which pursue similar targets.

(2) The society's aim is the establishing of scientific knowledge in the applied dermopharmacy. This refers in particular to the sectors of dermatological prescriptions, the treatment of skin diseases as well as to cosmetical measures for the maintaining of skin health.

(3) The society does not promote individual interests of their members. It pursues exclusively and directly nonprofit-making purposes in the sense of the paragraph "tax-privileged purposes" of the tax regulation. It is working on a nonprofit-making basis and does not pursue in the first place profit-oriented purposes. The society's funds are only to be used for statutory purposes and objectives. Members do not receive grants from the society's means. No person is to be favored by improper expenditures which are in contrast to the society's purposes or by excessive remunerations.

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§ 5 Membership

(1) The society consists of full members and supporting members.

(2) Full members are individuals, pharmacists, physicians and other experts working in the field of dermopharmacy.

(3) Supporting members are legal entities or natural persons and corporate bodies of private and public law.

(4) The admission as full and supporting member implies an application in writing adressed to the managing committee which decides on the admission. The approval has to be unanimous.

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§ 6 Subscription fee

(1) Full members pay an amount fixed by the general meeting. The subscription becomes due for payment four weeks after receipt of the subscription invoice at the latest.

(2) Supporting members pay the annual subscription stipulated by the general meeting.

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§ 7 Termination of membership

(1) The memberships comes to an end by death, notice of withdrawal or expulsion.

(2) The withdrawal is effected by a written statement towards the managing committee and is only admissible until the end of a calender year; the notice of withdrawal has to reach the managing committee until 30 September of the respective year.

(3) An expulsion is effected by unanimous decison of the managing committee. Members who act in a defamatory way or offend in a gross manner against the society's interests can be expeled from the society. An expulsion is particularly admissible if a member does not comply with his fianancial obligations towards the society within four weeks after the second reminder. The member can file an appeal against the expulsion with the general meeting. The appeal has to be filed within one month after the service of the resolution with the chairman. The resolution of the following general meeting is final.

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§ 8 Organs

The organs of the society are managing committee, the advisory board and the general meeting.

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§ 9 Managing committee

(1) The managing committee consists of the

the assistant chairman
the secretary
the treasurer
one to four committee members

(2) The society is judicially and extrajudicially represented by its chairman, the assistant chairman, the secretary and the treasurer - each separately has authority to act. The members of the managing committee are released from restrictions of § 181 BGB.

(3) The society's affairs are led by the managing committee. They pass resolutions at a simple majority. In case of parity of votes the chairman has the casting vote.

(4) The managing committee is elected by the general meeting for a period of three years. The legislative period of the managing committee is three years.

(5) Each full member is entitled to submit election proposals to the managing committee up to two months before the general meeting. At least four weeks before the general meeting each member is furnished with a list of candidates together with the invitation to the general meeting. The managing committee stays in function until the new election. A re-election is possible.

(6) A member of the managing committee can only be relieved from office during his term by resolution of the general meeting at a three-quarter majority.

(7) The activity of the managing committee is honorary. Expenses of its members can be refunded.

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§ 10 Advisory board

The society has an advisory board. Its members assist and advise the managing committee; they can be entrusted with special tasks by the managing committee. The advisory board is composed of the heads of the departments according to § 10 provided that these groups have been established. Further advisory board members can be elected by the general meeting. The electoral procedure corresponds to that of the managing committee § 9 (4) and (5).

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§ 11 Departments

The general meeting can pass resolutions about the establishing and dissolution of departments on proposal of the managing committee on the basis of a simple majority. Each department votes the department head among their members. His term of office is three years.

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§ 12 General meeting

(1) The ordinary general meeting is to be held once a year. An extraordinary general meeting takes place on resolution by the managing committee or if applied for by 20 per cent of all full members in writing.

(2) All members are to be invited in writing to the general meeting indicating the place, time and the preliminary agenda. There has to be at least a four-week period between the forwarding of the invitation and the time of the general meeting.

(3). The general meeting is entitled to the following competences:

election of the managing committee
giving release to the managing committee
stipulation of the subscription fees
election of two cash auditors
election of advisory board members
establishing and dissolution of departments
resolution about expulsions
resolutions about statutory modifications

(4) If laws or statutes do not provide other regulations the resolutions of the general meeting are taken at a simple majority. Eligible to vote is each full member present at the general meeting. The passing of a resolution is only admissible for subjects which are part of the final agenda submitted on the general meeting.

(5) Each member is entitled to pass on further topics for the agenda in writing to the managing committee up to a fortnight before the general meeting.

(6) Statute modifications can only be decided on a basis of a three-quarter majority of the members of the general meeting.

(7) Minutes have to prepared about the resolutions of the general meeting which have to be signed by the chairman or his assistant or another member of the managing committee.

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§ 13 Dissolution

A dissolution can only be decided by a general meeting especially convoked for this purpose. The decision for a dissolution can only be taken on the basis of a written justified application. At least three quarter of the full members have to be present or represented by another full member having being authorized in writing. The decision for a dissolution requires the consent of three quarters of the present or duly represented members. In the event of a dissolution of the society or a lapse of tax-benefit purposes the society's assets fall to the DPhG-Stiftung (DPhG-foundation) with a view to using the assets for the furtherance of science and research.

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§ 14 Effective date

The statutes come into force on 20 June 1995.

Participants at the formation meeting of the Society of Dermopharmacy on 20 June 1995 at Eschborn: Ursula Kindl, Prof. Dr. Monika Schäfer Korting, Dr. Gerd Kindl, Prof. Dr. Hans-Christian Korting, Dr. Joachim Kresken, Dr. Walter Leven, Dr. Hartmut Morck, Dr. Holger Reimann, Dr. Jürgen Reimann, Dr. Siegfried Wallat, Prof. Dr. Sawko W. Wassilew.

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GD Information in Brief (Status: May 2000)

The Specialized Field for Dermopharmacy

Dermopharmacy is an interdisciplinary field of medicine and pharmacy dealing with prevention and treatment of skin diseases by external and internal application of medicaments, cosmetics or nutritional additives. The further development of dermopharmacy therefore requires the cooperation of experts. Among these experts there are dermatologists working at clinics and practices, dermatologists, physicians, scientists as well as other experts working at universities, hospital pharmacies and pharmacy laboratories as well as other experts having their field of activity in public authorities, analysis laboratories, professional training institutions, editorial offices of specialized media or the dermatological orientated pharmaceutic and cosmetic or raw material industry. Concerning skin pharmaceutical products the interest is focused on the ready-to-use medicaments as well as on extemporaneous preparations. The GD Gesellschaft für Dermopharmazie e.V. (Society for Dermopharmacy) has been founded on 20 June 1995 in Eschborn for the coordination of corresponding activities. The society's present seat is Cologne.

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GD's Objectives

The objectives of the Gesellschaft für Dermopharmazie e.V. (Institute for Dermopharmacy) are as follows:

promotion of scientific research in the fields dermopharmaceutic chemistry and technology, dermobiopharmacy, dermatopharmacology, dermocosmetics and dermatotherapy

spreading of latest findings from these fields for the benefit of the expert and general public

furtherance of cooperation between pharmacists, physicians and other experts, exerting themselves for theoretic and applied dermopharmacy respectively are working in this field or with scientific associations pursuing similar targets.

The cooperation with the Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft (German Dermatological Society) could be placed on a formal basis, additional similar agreements are aimed at.
In order to intensify the promotion concept of dermopharmaceutic subjects in the public and towards expert circles, the GD has founded an own business enterprise (Institute for Dermopharmacy GmbH). The society's seat is Cologne.

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GD's Activites

For the realization of its targets, the GD focuses on the following activities:

organisation of annual meetings
organization of advanced training and information events
public relations
departmental work
work on guidelines
comments concerning specialized questions towards the media, public authorities and other public institutions
spreading of latest scientific findings via its Internet-homepage (
publishing of a dermopharmaceutic scientific journal (DermoTopics)
use of other professional journals as information bulletins

Special subjects are mainly dealt with in departments. The following departments have already been established:

Department Dermatopharmacology
Department Dermatotherapy
Department Dermocosmetics
Department Extemporaneous Preparations

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Members of the Managing Committe and the Advisory Board

Dr. Joachim Kresken, Viersen

Prof. Dr. med. Hans C. Korting, Munich

Dr. Holger Reimann, Eschborn

Dr. Siegfried Wallat

Managing Committee Members:
Pharmacist Ursula Kindl, Baldham
Dr. med. Winfried Klövekorn, Gilching
Prof. Dr. Monika Schäfer-Korting, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Horst Spielmann, Berlin

Advisory Board:
Prof. Dr. Rolf Daniels, Braunschweig
Prof. Dr. Frank Hevert, Freiburg
Dr. Bernd Hünerbein, Naumburg

Correspondence Address:
Office of the GD
Carl-Mannich-Strasse 20
D-65760 Eschborn
Tel.: +49 6196 928 328
Fax: +49 6196 928 329

GD Membership

The Society consists of ordinary and sponsoring members. Ordinary members are individuals (pharmacists, physicians and other experts) working in the field of dermopharmacy. Sponsoring members are legal entities or natural persons and corporate bodies of private and public law. The admission as ordinary or sponsoring member requires an application in writing addressed to the GD office. The managing committee decides about the admission.

The annual subscription for ordinary members is at present DM 50,- (25,56 Euro).

The annual subscription for sponsoring members has been fixed to 3.000,- DM (1.533,88 Euro) as a minimum.

Naturally everybody can support the aims and objectives of the society, without being an ordinary or sponsoring member.

The society has obtained a recognition of being nonprofit-making, so that in case of a grant a charitable donation certificate can be made out if so desired.

Bank account: Deutsche Bank Monheim, BLZ 300 700 10, Account-no. 496 494 600.

Membership Application

Membership Application download Word File: click here.
Membership Application download PDF-File: click here.

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Rules of procedure for the departments of the GD as of 6 October 1997 approved by the general meeting on 6 May 1998.

1. The setting up and dissolution of departments is decided by the ordinary general meeting (§11 of the statutes). An alteration of a department's name equally has to be decided by the ordinary general meeting.

2. A prerequisite for a cooperation in a department and participation in department meetings is the ordinary membership to the GD. A cooperation in several departments is possible.

3. Each department elects from their midst a department head, the term of office of whom totals three years (§ 11 of the statutes). Heads of the departments are at the same time members of the advisory board of the GD (§10 of the statutes). Members of the managing committee of the GD cannot be elected department heads.

4. Besides the department heads, each department elects among their members one or more deputies of the department heads, the term of whom is likewise three years.

5. The subject-matters of the departments are stipulated by their members. Working groups for special subjects can be established within the departments.

6. Official statements of the departments, their working groups or of individual members towards third parties have to be agreed with by the managing committee of the GD.

7. Each departments is to hold a meeting at least once a year. The head of the respective department or one of his deputies invites to this meeting. The department head or his deputy is to prepare minutes of each department meeting. The minutes are passed on to the managing committee for information.

8. The department head or one of his deputies prepares a written report about the activities of his department. This report is to be submitted to the secretary of the GD at least six weeks before the deadline.

9. Funds from the cash balance are placed at each departments disposal for their acitivities, the annual amount of which is subject to decision by the managing committee of the GD in coordination with the department heads. The funds made available remain on the bank account of the GD. Coming up invoices have to be handed in to the treasurer of the GD for payment. Any supporting funds which are passed on to a department by third parties have to be equally administered by the treasurer on the account of the GD.

10. Modifications of the rules of procedure have to be decided by the managing committee of the GD.

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