1.1 All registered Ophthalmologists with the Medical Council of Zambia or a recognized National Registration Body for these working outside Zambia, provided they meet the minimum registration requirements considered by the medical council of Zambia will be eligible to be members of ZOS).
1.2 Anyone wishing to become a member of the Society shall submit an application in writing to the Executive Council through the Executive stating the category of membership, so desired provided that the existing members need not re-apply other than updating their membership & category annually.
1.3 The Executive Council shall decide as to whether to accept or not accept, but shall be under no obligation to disclose the reason(s) for refusal in case of the latter. The unaccepted applicant can seek redress to the Executive Council and thereafter go to High Court of Zambia for appeal.
1.4 A member wishing to leave the Society shall give a three months notice of such an intention and shall not cease to be a member until the request is accepted in writing or four months have elapsed from the date of application whichever comes first.
1.5 Every member shall pay such membership fee as shall be determined from time to time in a Special General Meeting.
1.6 There shall be three categories of Membership:
A. FULL MEMBER
- It shall be open to all Ophthalmologists registered to practice in Zambia
- The Membership is restricted to those persons who are qualified Ophthalmologists with at least a University Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Registered as an Ophthalmologist in Zambia under the Law governing the practice of Medicine in Zambia.
- The member under this category is eligible to vote or be voted into office.
- Full members shall pay to the Society such membership fee and Annual Subscription fee as the Society may from time to time determine.
- Paid up Members for the year under consideration shall be entitled to all rights, honours, and privileges of the Society.
- Full members may ascribe the acronym ZOS after their name or any other acronym or format approved by the Executive Council.
B. ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
- These shall include Medical practitioners who are training to become Ophthalmologists, Cataract surgeons, ophthalmic clinical officers, ophthalmic nurses, opticians, optometrists and orthoptists.
- The Council may at its discretion on application elect to its membership as associate members such persons being non-Zambian Ophthalmologists who hold a minimum of Bachelor of Medicine degree or its equivalent from institutions recognized by the Council or pre-registration students.
- Paid up associate members for the year under consideration shall be entitled to all rights, honours and privileges of the Society just as a full member except for voting or being voted to elected office.
- Associate members shall pay to the Society membership fee and annual subscription fee as the Society may from time to time determine.
- Members may use acronym ZOS.
C. HONOURARY MEMBERS
- Health workers who have interest in Ophthalmology and who in the opinion of the Executive Council have contributed significantly as to merit such recognition can be granted honorary membership.
- The Executive Council may at its discretion elect to its membership as honorary members such persons who have rendered distinguished service to the Society or to the Ophthalmology profession.
- Honorary Members are not eligible to vote or be elected into office.
- Honorary Member shall not pay subscription fee.
- Honorary Membership shall be for such periods, as the Executive Council may in any case deem appropriate.
- Honorary Members may ascribe the acronym ZOS (Hon) after their name.
D LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP
Any member who proves himself a public nuisance, by overindulging in drug addiction and alcoholism or is convicted in a court of law for a criminal offence, and is imprisoned for a period exceeding six months and/or who in the opinion of the council is found to be derogatory to the society shall cease to be a member of the society. This status shall be communicated in writing to the affected person either by email or by registered post.
- If the executive council comes to a conclusion that an executive member, member, associate member or honourary member does not fulfill his/her duties, the council shall reserve the right to decide with a two third majority to ask the concerned to be disciplined at the General Assembly
- The executive council shall reserve the right to recommend to the medical council of Zambia to deregister a medical practitioner as a disciplinary measure.
- The Council shall have power by resolution duly passed and entered in its minute book to remove from Membership any member whose conduct shall in the opinion of two-thirds of the full council be determined to be contrary to the interests of the Society and their decision shall be final.
- Notwithstanding the above, the Council may mete out any appropriate punishment including but not limited to suspension for a stated period of time.
REGISTER OF MEMBERS
- The Names and permanent Address of every member shall be entered and kept in a Register of Members appropriate to their membership.
- It shall be incumbent upon every member to notify the Hon. National Secretary of the branch or the ZOS council in the absence of a branch of any change of his/her address or qualification or membership category.
- Upon acceptance of application by the Council for Membership a member shall pay Membership fee and be issued with Certificates of Membership which shall be held by bona fide members at the pleasure of the Society.
- A member shall cease to be such a member upon his no longer having that qualification which was the basis of his being admitted or, receipt of a letter from the Regional Council of the branch or ZOS council in the absence of a branch accepting his written application for resignation from Membership or becoming a person of diminished responsibility or death.
- Provided always that such a member whose conduct is in question shall be given an opportunity to appear by himself or a duly appointed agent before the Executive Council be heard in his defense after being given not less than 14 days prior notice of such a meeting.
- In the event of such removal from Membership no portion of any fee or donation paid by such member shall be refundable by the Society and any liability then attaching to such a member in respect of any outstanding subscription shall continue to subsist.
- Any member whose membership is revoked shall have the name deleted from the Register of Members.
- Any member whose membership is revoked under the provisions of this Constitution shall be eligible to re-apply for admission subject to a period of not less than twelve months from the time He/She ceased to be a member and having satisfied the Executive Council of ZOS reasons which existed then upon being removed from Membership no longer apply.
- The Executive Council shall have the discretion to accept or not accept such a re-application and their decision shall be final.
- Each bona fide member shall be issued with a certificate of Membership upon payment of the required Membership fees.
- Loss of Membership
Any member who proves himself/herself a public nuisance, by overindulging in drug addiction and alcoholism or is convicted in a court of law for a criminal offence, and is imprisoned for a period exceeding six months and/or who in the opinion of the Executive Council is found to be derogatory to the society shall cease to be a member of the society. This shall be communicated to the affected member in writing.