ISD Policy and Procedures

The International Society of Dermatology is governed by its Bylaws and Administrative Regulations.

ISD Bylaws

ISD Administrative Regulations



Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws of the International Society of Dermatology

Per the Bylaws of the Society, any proposal to change the Constitution and/or Bylaws, shall be made known to the members by publication in the Journal or on the Society website at least 60 days before the General Meeting (April 20, 2017).  Adoption of the proposed amendment shall be by a majority vote at the International Meeting.

The proposed Constitution and Bylaw amendments are posted in full as a red-lined copy. The following is a summary of the changes.

Changes to procedures and responsibilities in the Constitution:

Members of the Task Force include Louise Andersen (Denmark), Tania Cestari (Brazil), Ncoza Dlova (South Africa), and Chair, Larry Gibson (USA) and Prasad Kumarasinghe (Australia) with Jean Bolognia (US) serving as ex-officio.  The Task Force submitted the following amendments to the International Society of Dermatology’s (ISD) Executive Committee which were approved.

Amendments to the Constitution

In Article 3: Organization

  • Article 3 (a), (b) and (c).  A proposal to shorten the term of President to two years and adding the office of President-Elect beginning in 2021.  The 2021 ballot will include the positions for President and President-Elect, each elected for a two-year term.  Thereafter, there would be an election within two years to elect a new President-Elect.  This amendment would require adding a General Membership meeting which could be held at the ILDS World Congress of Dermatology at the end of the Sister Society Meeting.  If the President is unable to complete his or her term, after 2021, the President-Elect would replace the President for the remainder of both terms.
  • Article 3 (e). This amendment increases the amount of expenditures that the Treasurer-General is required to approve from $500.00 to $1,000.00 (also requires an amendment to the Bylaws Article 6).
  • Article 3 (d).  This amendment includes the two new Standing Committees – Climate Change and Community Dermatology – which are assigned to report to the Assistant Secretary-General who will serve as an ex-officio member of the committees.
  • Article 3 (i).  The Bylaws permit the President to appoint an Advisory Council which has not been actively utilized and this amendment expands the scope of the Council so that the President may repurpose its function to better serve the society.

Article 5. Standing Committees

  • Article 5 (d):  A housekeeping proposal to change the status of the Community Dermatology and Climate Change Task Forces to committees in the Constitution.

Article 7.  Amendments

  • Article 5 (d).  A housekeeping item to make Article 7 of the Constitution and Article 8 of the Bylaws consistent with one another.  The amendment to Article 7 is that proposed amendments may be announced in the Journal or Society website which is consistent with Article 8 of the Bylaws.


Amendments to the Bylaws

Article 2. Election of Officers and Board of Directors

  • Article 2 (a).          This proposal is related to the shortening of the term of President to two years and adding the office of President-Elect.  Elections will be held every two years for President-Elect, one at the International Congress of the ISD and one at the World Congress of Dermatology or at another international meeting.

Article 3. Officers and Board of Directors

  • Article 3 (a), (c):  The amendments clarify when the term of office for the President changes to two (2) years and when the new office of President-Elect begins.  It also clarifies when the term of office for the President and President-Elect begins and ends.

Article 6. Income and Expenditure

  • Article 6.  Increases the amount of expenditures which require authorization of the Treasurer-General from $500 to $1,000.