MDTA Statute (1992) (Amended English version)

1.  The name of this organisation will be called The Malta Dental Technologists Association  

2.  The associations correspondence should be addressed to the secretary and/or the president   

3.  The aims of the association are the following:

    a. To protect and defend the interests of its members whenever needed.

    b. To resist with any legal means, unjust and reasonable conditions imposed on its members

    c. To attain and recommend regulations safeguarding its members’ interests and which promote or resist, as the case may be, directives that are related towards its members

    d. This organisation is non-trade unionistic, not politically associated and is a non-profit making organisation as defined in the Voluntary Organisations Act (Chapter 492 of the Laws of Malta)  

4.   Only registered dental technologists (with the Council for the Professions complimentary to Medicine) are entitled to be members of this organisation  

5.   Signed members are due to observe the associations regulations and any directives that the committee establishes  

6.   Membership will come into effect on payment of the annual fees  

7.   The committee will be composed of 5 members, who will be elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)  

8.   The newly elected committee will maintain its duties for two years.  The committee will include a president, secretary, treasurer and two members who are also elected at the AGM

9.   The second highest contestant for that position at the AGM will take any vacancies of a committee member.  In case of the same number of votes, there will be another voting session until the vacancy is filled.  If no nominations are submitted, a general meeting will be held  

10.  For a committee meeting to be held there must be a quorum of at least 3 members including the president or secretary

11   The president will chair meetings and has a right of a casting vote.  In his (or her) absence a committee member nominated by the members present at the meeting will chair the meeting  

12.  The secretary, whose duties involve correspondence, registration of members and the organisation of all the associations gatherings will hold all minutes of the meeting  

13.  All payments or funds to the association should be collected or sent to the treasurer.  He/she must submit a review of all financial accounts throughout the past year of the AGM.  All financial dealings must be clearly recorded and may be observed at any time of the year.  He/she will pay all bills or expenses authorised by the committee or the GM  

14.  The association may obtain a pecuniary gain from its activities when such gain is not received or credited to any private interest but is exclusively utilised for the purposes of the organisation.  It may also buy, sell or otherwise deal in goods or services where such activities are exclusively related to its principal purposes

15.  Cheques are to be signed by either the president, the treasurer or both

16.  The president and/or secretary represent the MDTA for any related matters or issues including Civil Court sittings

17.   An extraordinary GM may be held:  

     a. To fill in vacancies at committee level

    b. To discuss and decide on any matter submitted to the committee, or any proposal/request of its members, that is signed by not less than 5 members 

18.  The association should hold a GM once a year with a new committee being elected every two years, after the president submits a full report of all the activities the organisation held and the meetings it attended in relation to the interests of its members. The treasurer also presents the annual financial report  

19.  Notice for a GM must be received not less than three working days before the scheduled date. When members who for some reason, have not been notified, this does not render the meeting invalid.  For urgent matters, a GM may be assembled by a call on the radio or other means of communication

20.  The quorum for a GM is reached when two thirds of all registered members are present: there will be a half hour delay on the same premises in case a quorum is not attained with those present

21.  Majority votes are decisive in a GM and when equal numbers of votes occur, the president will have a casting vote

22.  Funds related to the association must be utilised according to the committee’s directives.  The monies when amounting to over €116 should be deposited at a local bank, which the same committee has approved

23.  Every member of the association has the right to submit his/her complaint/request to the committee.  Should the complaint/report regard another of its members, the committee is bound to receive the other members view to come to a compromise and if possible find a just solution between the two parties

24.  If the report concerns a third party, the committee is duty bound to protect the interests of its member.  If the report involves any of its principals or general interests of the association, the committee should call for a GM to discuss, decide and forward the necessary proceedings in support of its member and the associations interests

25.  Nominations should be notified three weeks before the new committee is formed.  The nominees should be known a week before the AGM where the new committee is elected

26.   Upon dissolution, all assets of the association shall be applied in favour of another organisation with similar purposes which may be selected by the administrators and members