IAC Statutes

International Association for Applied Corneotherapy (I.A.C.)

Statutes as of January 13th 2018


Corneotherapy is a philosophy of skin care that combines cosmetics and dermatology with a scientific basis. To help promote the philosophy of Corneotherapy globally, and to further develop the principles of Corneotherapy on an interdisciplinary level, experts from dermatology, cosmetics, chemistry, biochemistry, medical and pharmaceutical sciences have founded a professional association.

  1. Name
    The association is called International Association for Applied Corneotherapy (I.A.C.) and is a registered association (e. V.).
  2. Head office
    The head office is located in D-42799 Leichlingen (Germany).
  3. Financial year 
    The financial year is the calendar year.
  4. Purposes and objectives of I.A.C.
    1. Advancement of scientific research in the realm of Corneotherapy and related sciences such as dermatology, cosmetology, and corneobiology. 
    2. Distribution of the latest findings from the realm of Corneotherapy and its related sciences for the benefit of the community.  This will facilitated by regular on-line communications, symposia, conferences, workshops and conventions globally.
    3. Advancement of collaboration and information exchange between dermatologists, skin treatment practitioners, clinical aestheticians and other experts, who campaign for the scientific and applied Corneotherapy or work in this field, and foreign associations with similar interests.
    4. Establishment of scientific findings in the applied Corneotherapy realm, especially in dermatological prescription, treatment of dermatosis; as well as developing new strategies  for maintaining a healthy skin while preserving the integrity of the epidermis.
    5. To contribute and support entries regarding the subject of Corneotherapy in Wikipedia. 
    6. Explore the feasibility and creation of a journal for members. The journal will be provided to members in print form or published on the website www.corneotherapy.org. The financing of the journal may include promotion of Association members (or eligible third parties) products and services. Any promotion shall not conflict with the aims of I.A.C. 
    7. The Association will undertake tasks which facilitate communication among the members. These will include:
      1. Establishment and maintenance of an information and resource sharing platform where members are able to both contribute and withdraw specialist information related to Corneotherapy.
      2. Establishment and moderation of  a forum or social media platform such as Facebook 
      3. Establishment of a “Corneotherapy” world map of participating members.Acceptance of training offers and licensing business among the members on the platform provided they do not conflict with the aims of the Association. Any costs and efforts to provide these facilities shall be charged by members in accordance with item 4, section 5.
  5. Financial constitution
    1. The association shall not function to realize the individual interests of any of its members, and 
exclusively pursues charitable objectives as defined by the paragraph “tax-privileged purposes” of the German fiscal code. 
    2. The Association shall not act to make profit and it does not primarily pursue its own financial goals. Its funds shall only be used for the purposes laid down in the statutes.
    3. The members of the Association shall not receive any dividends or any other benefits from 
the Association's funds, except for being commissioned to provide lectures and workshops for 
which they are paid their efforts and costs. 
    4. No member shall profit from said costs, or command unreasonably high compensation for services provided; both of which are opposed to the objectives of the Association.
  6. Membership
    1. The association consists of regular members and sponsoring members.
    2. Regular members may be individuals, dermatologists, skin treatment practitioners, pharmacists, chemists, biochemists and other experts who practise or operate in the field of Corneotherapy.
    3. Sponsoring members may be legal or natural persons and corporations under private and public law.
    4. Admission as a regular or sponsoring member is acquired by written application (via the join function on the I.A.C. website) to the Executive Board which decides the admission. The admission shall to be approved by unanimous vote.
  7. Fees
    1. Regular members pay a standard annual membership fee approved by the General Assembly.
    2. Sponsoring members pay a higher annual membership fee than regular members, and are also approved by the General Assembly. This class of membership enjoy promotional privileges of promoting themselves and products/services to the Corneotherapy community via the Association’s channels.
    3. Membership fees shall be due not later than four weeks after notification by invoice.
  8. Termination of the membership
    1. The membership shall end with death, notice of retirement or exclusion.
    2. Retirement shall be made by a written declaration to the Executive Board. It shall only be possible with effect to the end of a calendar year; the notice of retirement shall be sent to the Executive Board at the latest of September, 30th of the year in question.
    3. Exclusion from membership may be granted by unanimous vote of the Executive Board under the following circumstances:
      1. Membership may be terminated where members act slanderously or grossly contravene the interests of the Association.
      2. Membership is granted to financial members only, and exclusion may occur if a member has not paid membership fees within a period of four weeks after a second reminder notice.
      3. Members may appeal against exclusions related to item b, section 8.3 before the General Assembly. The appeal shall be presented to the Chairman within a month after the notification of the decision to exclude. The subsequent decision of the General Assembly is final.
  9. Governance Structure
    The governance structure of the association consists of an Executive Board, a Scientific Advisory Board and the General Assembly.
  10. Executive Board 
    1. The Executive Board consists of:

       - the Chairman
       - the Vice Chairman
       - the Secretary
       - the Treasurer 
    2. The Association is represented in and out of the assembly by the Chairman, the Vice Chairman, the Secretary and the Treasurer, with each authorized to represent the society. The members of the Board shall be exempted from the restrictions defined in Article 181 of the German Civil Code.
    3. The Executive Board shall manage the business activities. Its decisions are made by simple majority vote. In the event of parity, the Chairman shall have the casting vote. 
    4. The General Assembly shall vote the members of the Executive Board for the duration of three years. The legislative period shall be three years.
    5. Each regular member may submit to the Executive Board their nominations within the period of two months before the election. Each member shall receive the invitation for the Assembly and the nomination list at the latest four weeks before the General Assembly. The Executive Board shall remain in office until new elections are held. Re-election to the same position previously held shall be permissible.
    6. A member of the Board shall only be removed during his term of office by a decision of the General Assembly adopted by a majority of three-quarters.
    7. The positions on the Board are honorary; however reimbursement of expenses directly related to board activities is permissible. The General Assembly shall define the guidelines of allowable expenses. The Assembly shall decide by order of the Board on the reimbursement of expenses.
  11. Scientific Advisory Board
    1. The association has a Scientific Advisory Board that consists of no more than five members who shall support and advise the Executive Board.
    2. The Executive Board may empower the Scientific Advisory Board with particular tasks.
    3. The Advisory Board members shall consist of the heads of the specialized sections in 
accordance with section 12, item 2 and may include selected, independent experts.
    4. The General Assembly may elect further members to the board. The electoral procedure shall be the same as required for the Executive Board in accordance with section 10; items 4 and 5.
  12. Specialized Sections
    1. On proposal of the Executive Board, the General Assembly shall decide with a simple majority vote on the constitution and resolution of the specialized sections.
    2. Each section elects its Head among its members for a term of three years.
  13. General Assembly
    1. A general meeting shall take place once per year. An extraordinary meeting may be held upon decision of the Executive Board or written application submitted by 20% of the regular members.
    2. Invitations to the Assembly are issued to all members in writing with notification of the place, the date and the provisional agenda. The period between the dispatch of the invitation and the date of the meeting shall not be less than four weeks; in urgent cases the Executive Board may shorten this period of time.
    3. The General Assembly shall be responsible for:
       - Election of the Executive Board
      Exoneration of the Executive Board
      Determination of the fees
      Election of two cash auditors
      Election of the Scientific Advisory Board
      Constitution and resolution of the specialized sections
      Decision on exclusion
      Amendments of the statutes
    4. The General Assembly shall decide by simple majority, unless the law or the constitution of the association do not stipulate otherwise. Each regular member who participates on the meeting shall be entitled to vote. Decisions shall only be admissible if they are made upon items which are on the final agenda. The final agenda shall be made available in the meeting.
    5. Each member may submit to the Executive Board in writing further items relating to the agenda within fourteen days before the meeting. The member shall give a short explanation about their proposals. To assist in the decision making about an item, the proposal shall be drafted in such a way that the Assembly can vote with a “yes” or “no”.
    6. Amendments of the statutes shall only be decided by a three-quarter majority of the General Assembly.
    7. The decisions of the General Assembly shall not be notarized. However a transcription shall be made, which has to be acknowledged as correct and signed by the Chairman, the Vice Chairman and another member of the Executive Board.
  14. Dissolution of the Association
    1. The dissolution shall be decided only by the General Assembly convened exclusively for this purpose.
    2. The decision of the dissolution can only be taken due to a written, motivated motion.
    3. To be valid, at least three quarters of the regular members shall be personally present. A member can also be personally present, if they are represented by another member on the basis of a written proxy.
    4. The act of dissolution shall be approved by three quarter of the members.
    5. In the event of the dissolution of the Association or cessation of tax-privileged purposes, the assets of the society will be donated to a non-profit organization (foundation) for the purpose of promotion of science and research. The dissolving meeting shall determine the beneficiary upon proposal by the Executive Board.
  15. The statute shall enter into force on September 3rd, 2013.


Article 181 of the German Civil Code:
An agent may not, unless otherwise permitted, enter into a legal transaction in the name of the principal with himself in his own name or as an agent of a third party, unless the legal transaction consists solely in the performance of an obligation.

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International Association for Applied Corneotherapy

The International Association for Applied Corneotherapy (I.A.C.) is a registered, non-profit association with primary purposes and objectives of the advancement of scientific research and practical applications in the realm of Corneotherapy and related sciences.

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Executive Team

Executive Board:
Chair: Dr. Elena Hernandez, Ph.D. - Russia
Vice Chair: Dr. Hans Lautenschlager, Ph.D. - Germany
Secretary: Margaret Walsh - New Zealand
Treasurer: Marek Harder - Germany

Scientific Advisory Board:
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lars Norlén.
Department of Dermatology, University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.

Dr Ghita Lanzendoerfer-Yu, PhD.
Inorganic Chemistry. Independant consultant and writer- Germany

Dr Cornelia M. Keck. 
Department of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, Philipps Universität Marburg, Germany

Education Commission:
Florence Barrett-Hill (NZ)
Rene Serbon (CAN)
Alexandra J. Zani (US)
Simone Vescio (AU)
Nataliia Gumenna (UKR)
Igal Kariv (Spain)
Dr Ghita Lanzendoerfer-Yu (GER)

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