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Proposed amendment to SNDA Constitution
Date : 07-03-2019

 

 

Rule no.

Existing Rule(s)

Renumbered Rule No.

Proposed Amendments

Reasons for Amendments

1.

Name

This association shall be known as the Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association, hereafter called "The Association".

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Place of business

The Association's place of business shall be at the “90 Yishun Central, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Singapore 768828” or such other address as may subsequently be decided upon by the Committee and approved by the Registrar of Societies. The correspondence address shall be 28 Gilstead Rd - #03-01, Singapore 1130.

 

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The Association's place of business shall be at the “90 Yishun Central, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Singapore 768828” or such other address as may subsequently be decided upon by the Committee and approved by the Registrar of Societies.

 

Remove correspondence address from the constitution.

 

Correspondence address is not required in the constitution.

It will allow current and future committees to change it without waiting 1 year for AGM and approval by ROS.

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Objectives:

3.1 To spread the knowledge and further understanding of nutrition and dietetics

3.2 To provide professional advice on matters relating to nutrition and dietetics.

3.3 To bring about cooperation between dietitians, nutritionists, and other professionals in allied fields.

3.4 To provide direction and leadership for quality nutrition and dietetic practice and education.

3.5 To improve and update the practical and theoretical knowledge of nutritionists and dietitians.

3.6 To upgrade and protect the interests of the nutrition and dietetic professions in Singapore.

 

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3.1 To protect professional interests of nutritionists and dietitians in Singapore.

3.2. To advance the practical and theoretical knowledge of nutritionists and dietitians in Singapore to provide evidence-based practice and education.

3.3 To provide professional advice on matters relating to nutrition and dietetics to the public.

3.4 To establish strategic partnerships to enable closer cooperation between dietitians, nutritionists and other stakeholders.

 

 

These objectives have been changed at the 29thAGM in 2012 and will be submitted to ROS for approval together with new amendments.

 

4.

Membership

The Association shall consist of:

  • Full Members - Accredited ?
  • Full Members - Non-Accredited
  • Provisional Members ?
  • Corporate Members ?
  • Honorary Members ?
  • Student Members ?

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5.

All applications for membership shall be made online through the Association database and submitted to the Membership Approval Subcommittee.

 

5.1.  Fees and supporting documentation will be mailed to the same Subcommittee before membership approval process is initiated. ?

 

5. 2. Upon approval of membership, new members will be sent their membership number, allowing access to the Members’ Section of the Association’s website and the online Constitution of the Association.

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5.1 Membership approval process will only be initiated upon receipt of membership fees and supporting documents.

 

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Will permit different modes of payment e.g. online payment in the future.

 

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6. Membership Categories Defined

 

6.1.1. Full Members shall be:

Any person holding a degree, postgraduate diploma or any other recognized professional qualification in dietetics or nutrition or hold current membership of good standing with recognized international professional bodies.

 

6.1.2. Dietitians must have a minimum of 6 months clinical experience as part of their hospital internship or from employment by the time of application. ?

 

6.1.3       Full Members - Accredited ?

 

6.1.3.1 Full Members – Accredited are members who have obtained accreditation from the Association.

 

6.1.4       Full Members – Non-Accredited

 

6.1.4.1 Full Members – Non-Accredited are members who are Full Members at the time of implementation of this category of membership (Full Members – Non- Accredited), but were not awarded Accreditation Certificates by the Association

 

6.2     Accreditation of Full Members

 

6.2.1 Accredited Dietitian of Singapore (ADS) or Accredited Nutritionist of Singapore (ANS) are recognised professionals who have credible qualifications and expertise to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice to the healthy population.

 

6.2.1.1 ADS is equipped with additional knowledge and skills in clinical nutrition and is trained to work with various diseased populations in various settings.

 

6.2.2 The criteria for accreditation include:

 

6.2.2.1 Recognised professional qualifications in dietetics or nutrition; ?

 

6.2.2.2 Continual professional development that meets the ? Continuing Education scheme; and?

 

6.2.2.3 Commitment to the Code of Professional Conduct.

 

 

 

 

6.2.3 Accredited full members can use the designations Accredited Dietitian of Singapore (ADS) or Accredited Nutritionist of Singapore (ANS) after their names. Accredited member status is reviewed annually and listed on the Association’s website.

 

 

6.3     Provisional Members shall be:

 

6.3.1 Any new applicant holding a degree, postgraduate diploma or any other recognized professional qualification in dietetics or nutrition who has not been working in a position related to the profession of dietetics and nutrition but will participate in the Continuing Education scheme to work towards Full Membership – Accredited. Provisional Members will have one year to achieve Full Membership – Accredited.

 

6.4     Corporate Members shall be:

 

6.4.1  Any suitable corporate body interested in the work of the Association and in the promotion of the science of nutrition and dietetics.

 

6.4.2  Each Corporate Member may nominate a maximum of 2 representatives to the Association. ?

 

6.4.3  Corporate Members shall not use the Association for commercial gain or product endorsement. ?

 

6.5  Honorary Members shall be persons who, in the opinion of The Association, have rendered eminent service to the dietetic or nutrition profession. ?

 

6.6 Student Members shall be:

 

6.6.1 Persons studying nutrition and/or dietetics full-time at the tertiary level. ?

 

6.6.2 Persons who are eligible for Full Membership shall not be approved for Student Membership. ?

 

6.7 Student Membership automatically expires at the receipt of graduation certificate ?

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6.1.1.Full member shall be:

Any person holding a degree, postgraduate diploma or any other recognized professional qualification in dietetics or nutrition. (Remove “or hold current membership of good standing with recognized international professional bodies”)

 

6.1.2 Dietitians must have a minimum of 6 months supervised clinical experience as part of their hospital internship or from employment by the time of application.

 

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6.2.2.2 Continual professional development that meets the ? Continuing Education scheme; (remove and)?

 

6.2.2.3 Commitment to the Code of Professional Conduct; and

 

6.2.2.4 Only Full Members with more than one year membership are eligible for accreditation

 

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6.3.1 Any new applicant holding a degree, postgraduate diploma or any other recognized professional qualification in nutrition and dietetics who has not been working in a position related to the field of nutrition and dietetics.

 

6.3.1.1 Provisional Dietitians will actively participate in the Continuing Professional Development and gain 6 months supervised clinical experience to work towards Full Membership. Provisional Dietitians will have 2 years to achieve Full Membership status.

 

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Approval of SNDA membership will not be affected by whether applicant is holding membership of other professional bodies

 

To ensure competency of dietitians in Singapore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To ensure competency of accredited professionals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To ensure competency of dietitians in Singapore

 

 

 

To ensure competency of dietitians in Singapore

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No Provisional, Corporate, Honorary, or Student Members are entitled to vote.

 

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8.

Subscriptions

All members, except Honorary Members, shall be required to pay an annual subscription, as agreed upon at the Annual General Meeting. The rate of annual subscriptions may only be varied by a general meeting of the members. Any special subscriptions for particular purposes may only be raised from members with the consent of a general meeting of members.

 

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Payment of subscriptions shall be in a lump sum (or in two installments for Full Members). Those whose subscriptions are in arrears shall be sent three reminders at one monthly intervals. The final reminder shall have a date by which the money must be received. Failure to pay by this date will automatically result in the cessation of membership, and a notice to that effect shall be sent to the last known address of the member concerned.

 

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Payment of subscriptions shall be in a lump sum Those whose subscriptions are in arrears shall be sent three reminders at one monthly intervals. The final reminder shall have a date by which the money must be received. Failure to pay by this date will automatically result in the cessation of membership, and a notice to that effect shall be sent to the last known address of the member concerned.

 

(Remove: or in two installments for Full Members.)

 

We propose to remove the installment payment for membership fees.

 

 

 

10.

Members with lapsed memberships will need to resubmit their application to continue to be a member of the Association. This will be considered as a new application. An administration fee will be charged for processing of all new applications. ?

 

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Code of conduct

11. A breach of any of the following code of professional conduct shall be deemed detrimental to the interests of the dietetic and nutrition profession, and shall render any member guilty thereof and liable to suspension of membership:

 

11.1  Professional Competence

  • Apply professional practice based on scientific principles and current information ?
  • Assume responsibility and accountability to maintain a high standard of personal competence through participation in continuing professional development (CPD) activities ?

 

11.2  Confidentiality

  • Maintain confidentiality of privileged information ?
  • Seek consent wherever applicable ?

 

11.3  Objectivity

  • Strive for objectivity and respect for unique needs and values of individual clients without discrimination ?
  • Do not compromise standards of care and avoid bias in any kind of professional evaluation to meet commercial targets or when there is a conflict of interest ?

 

11.4  Integrity ?

  • Maintain integrity, honesty and empathy in professional practice
    • Accurately present professional qualifications and credentials ?
    • Do not advertise, promote or endorse products in a false or ?misleading manner ?
    • Alert to situations that might cause a conflict of interest and prevent the occurrence ?
    • Provide advise on dietetic treatment of disease only with cooperation of a registered medical practitioner* ?

*Applicable to Dietitians only. ?

 

 

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11.1  Professional Competence

  • Apply professional practice based on scientific principles and current information ?
  • Assume responsibility and accountability to maintain a high standard of professional competence through participation in continuing professional development (CPD) activities ?

 

 

 

 

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Change the choice of word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.

Management, General Meetings

12. The management of The Association is vested in a general meeting of the members. At least one quarter of the total voting members of The Association present at a general meeting shall form a quorum. ?

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An Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in April. At other times a general meeting must be called by the President on request of half or more of the members and may be called at any time by order of the Committee. ?

 

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The Annual General Meeting shall be held in March. At other times a general meeting must be called by the President on request of half or more of the members and may be called at any time by order of the Committee. ?

 

This has been approved at 30th AGM in 2013 and will be submitted to ROS together with other amendments.

 

AGM shall be held within 3 months from the close of financial year thus March.

 

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At least two weeks' notice will be given of an AGM and at least ten days' notice of any other general meetings. The following matters will be considered at the AGM:

14.1 The previous financial year's accounts and report of the Committee. ?

14.2 Election of office-bearers for the new year. ?

Any member who wishes to place an item on the agenda of a general meeting may do so provided he gives notice to the Hon Secretary one week before the meeting is due to be held.

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In the event of there being no quorum, the meeting will be adjourned to half an hour later of the scheduled programme; should the number then present be insufficient to form a quorum, those present shall be considered a quorum, but they shall have no power to alter, amend, or make additions to any part of the existing Constitution.

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A committee consisting of the following shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) every two years, except for the Honorary Treasurer who will be elected at each AGM:

President

Vice President

Honorary Secretary

Honorary Treasurer

Eleven Ordinary Committee Members

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A committee consisting of the following shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) every two years:

President

Vice President

Honorary Secretary

Honorary Treasurer

Eleven Ordinary Committee Members

 

(Remove: except for the Honorary Treasurer who will be elected at each AGM)

Proposed by the current Treasurer to change the term to 2 years to improve efficiency of the management committee.

This will come to effect in 2020 election.

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Names for the above officers shall be proposed and seconded at the AGM and election will follow on a simple majority vote of the members present.

 

 

 

17.1 All officers except the Honorary Treasurer may be re-elected once every two years. The Honorary Treasurer only serves for a maximum of one year and may be re-elected after a lapse of one year

 

17.2         Should there be less than eleven Ordinary Committee Members elected at an election, then the remaining numbers of the Ordinary Committee Members may be co-opted as deemed qualified and necessary by the elected Committee for the two-year duration until the following election term. ?

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17. The election of the above committee members shall be in accordance with the by-laws.

 

 

17.1 Voting by proxy is allowed at all general meetings in accordance with the by-laws

 

17.2 All office-bearers, except the Treasurer may be re?elected to the same or related post for a consecutive term of office.  The term of office of the Committee is two years.

 

 

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By-Laws will allow the association to regulate the election process without approval by ROS.

 

 

 

18.

A Committee meeting shall be held for a minimum number of 8 times per year.

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19.

The duty of the Committee is to organize and supervise the daily activities of The Association and to make decisions on matters affecting its running when the general meeting is not sitting. It may not act contrary to the expressed wishes of the general meeting without prior reference to it and always remains subordinate to the general meetings. ?

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Expenditure of any amount exceeding $100.00 from The Association's funds must have prior approval of the Committee. ?

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21. The duties of the office bearers are as follows:

21.1 The President shall act as chairman at all general and committee meetings and represent The Association in its dealings with external parties

 

21.1 a The President shall remain on the Main Committee for two additional years after his/her term is up as an ex-officio member but shall not have a vote on the Main Committee.

 

 

 

21.2  The Vice President shall deputise for the President whenever necessary. ?

21.3  The Hon Secretary shall keep all records, except financial, of the association and shall be responsible for their correctness. Minutes will be kept of all general and committee meetings. He shall also maintain an up-to-date membership register. ?

21.4  The Hon Treasurer shall keep all funds and collect and disburse all moneys on behalf of the association and shall keep an account of all ?monetary transactions and shall be responsible for their correctness. Expenditures up to $100.00 per month for petty expenditures on behalf of the association are authorised. He will not keep more than $100.00 in the form of cash and money in excess of this will be deposited in a bank to be named by the Committee.

21.5  Checks, etc. for withdrawals from the bank will be signed by the President, or Vice President, or Hon Secretary in addition to the Treasurer. ?

21.6  Every member of the Committee must attend at least 75% of the number of meetings convened for the year. If the Committee member is unable to attend the meetings in person, the member must submit their respective Subcommittee progress report to the Secretary, with details that is acceptable to the Committee to make decisions on progressing the association’s activities. ?

 

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21.1 a. President can only serve for two consecutive terms of office.

 

21.1 b. The President shall remain on the Main Committee for two additional years after his/her term is up as an ex-officio member but shall not have a vote on the Main Committee

 

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21.7. Other duties of the Office Bearers and Ordinary Committee Members shall abide the By-laws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Details are elaborated in By-Laws document.

 

 

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Amendments to rules

23. No alteration or addition/deletion to this Constitution and By-laws shall be passed except at a general meeting and with the consent of two-thirds (2/3) of the voting members present at the General Meeting.

 

23.1 Notwithstanding the provisions of Clause 23, the Association in general meeting, may amend or repeal any By-laws changes proposed by the main committee

 

To ensure members of the organization are informed and approve any proposed changes to the By-laws

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Two persons not members of the Committee will be elected as Hon Auditors at each annual general meeting and will hold office for one year only and may not be re-elected. They will be required to audit each financial year's accounts and present a report upon them to the annual general meeting. They may be required by the President to audit the association's accounts for any period within their tenure of office at any date and make a report to the Committee. The financial year shall be 1st January to 31st December.

 

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Trustees

If the association at any time acquire any immovable property, such property shall be vested in Trustees subject to a declaration of trust. Any trustee may at any time resign his trusteeship. If a trustee dies or becomes a lunatic or of unsound mind or moves permanently or is absent from the Republic of Singapore for a period of one year, he shall be deemed to have resigned his trusteeship. If a trustee is guilty of misconduct of such a kind as to render it undesirable that he continue as a trustee, a General Meeting may remove him from his trusteeship. Vacancies in the trusteeship may be filled at a General Meeting, but the number shall not be greater than four or less than two. Notice of any proposal to remove a trustee from his trusteeship or to appoint a new trustee to fill a vacancy must be given by affixing in the premises of the association a document containing such proposal at least two weeks before the meeting at which the proposal is to be discussed. The result of such meeting shall then be notified to the Registrar of Societies. The names of trustees and their subsequent changes must be notified to the Registrar of Societies.

 

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A Visitor's Book shall be kept, in which shall be entered the names of all visitors and guests, together with the signatures of the members nominating them and the dates of their visits. No person shall be a visitor or guest till his name has been entered in this book.

 

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Visitors and guests may be admitted into the premises of the Society but they shall not be admitted into the privileges of the Society.  All visitors and guests shall abide by the Society’s rules and regulations.

This to streamline our administrative processes.

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Prohibitions

25.1  Gambling of any kind and the playing of paikow or mahjong, whether for stakes or not, is forbidden on the association's premises. The introduction of materials for gambling or drug taking and of bad characters into the premises is prohibited. ?

 

25.2 The funds of the association shall not be used to pay the fines of members who have been convicted in Court. ?

 

25.3 The association shall not attempt to restrict or in any other manner interfere with trade or prices or engage in any Trade Union activity as defined in any written law relating to trade unions for the time being in force in Singapore. ?

 

25.4 The association shall not hold any lottery, whether confined to its members or not, in the name of the association or its office-bearers, Committee or members. ?

 

25.5 The association shall not indulge in any political activity or allow its funds and/or premises to be used for political purposes. ?

 

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26.

Amendments to rules

No alterations or additions to these rules shall be made except at a general meeting, and they shall not come into force without the prior sanction of the Registrar of Societies.

 

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27.

Interpretation

In the event of any question or matter arising out of any point which is not expressly provided for in the rules, the Committee shall have power to use their own discretion.

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28.

Dissolution

28.1 The association shall not be dissolved, except with the consent of not less than 3/5 of the members of the association for the time being resident in Singapore expressed, either in person or by proxy at a general meeting convened for the purpose. ?

 

28.2 In the event of the association being dissolved as provided above, all debts and liabilities legally incurred on behalf of the association shall be fully ?discharged, and the remaining funds will be donated to the Community Chest of Singapore.

 

28.3 Notice of dissolution shall be given within 7 days of the dissolution to the Registrar of Societies.

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