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1. General Provisions


Art. 1

Under the name of the Competence Network for Health Workforce, hereinafter referred to as (CNHW), an association within the meaning of Articles 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code (SR 210) is founded.


Art. 2

The registered office of the Association is located in Berne.


Art. 3

  1. The purpose of the Association is to support informal caregiver and to maintain a sustainable professional and healthcare workforce in Switzerland through the provision of new knowledge, the development of new projects and actions, knowledge transfer through education and coaching, and the delivery of policy support.

  2. Within the CNHW the members collaborate in the acquisition of third-party money and the development of national structures and services. The CNHW bundles competencies and serves as a contact point regarding the topics in Art. 3 para. 1 for practice, education and policy.

  3. The CNHW is a non-profit association and as such does not generate income.

  4. The CNHW is independent of party politics and confession.


Art. 4

  1. The CNHW provides preconditions for an easier acquisition of third-party funds by the members.

  2. The CNHW shall, in particular, perform the following tasks:

    • coordinate the development of:

      • research projects among members

      • academic education, offered jointly by the members involved

      • services (e.g. consulting), which are implemented jointly by the members

    • organise events

  3. The implementation and execution of projects, academic education and services is not the responsibility of the association and is regulated by members on a separate contractual basis. The association promotes projects, academic education, and services to take place across multiple language regions.


The list is not exhaustive.

Full members

Art. 5

  1. Public or private Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences and Swiss Universities which provide education in the field of health may be full members.

  2. Each full member shall have one vote in the General Assembly.

Passive members

Art. 6

  1. Non-university partners, such as health funds, professional associations, academies, etc., may be passive members.

  2. A passive member has the same rights as a full member except the right to vote, elect and be elected.

Rights of the members

Art. 7

Subject to Art 6 para. 2, every member shall have the following rights:

  1. Active participation in the management, organisation and decisions of the Association, in particular by attending the General Assembly, voting, electing and being elected, and use of the services established by the Association.

Loss of Membership

Art. 8

  1. Resignation must be submitted in writing and received by the president by 30 June for 31 December of the same year. The resignation may or may not be explained.

  2. Upon a proposal by the Board of Directors, the General Assembly may decide, by a 2/3

majority of the full members present, to expel a member that causes serious damage to the interests or reputation of the CNHW or that does not fulfill its obligations, in particular of a financial nature.

2. Organisation


Art. 9

The organs of the CNHW are:

  • The General Assembly

  • The Board of Directors

  • The General Secretariat

  • The Auditors

General Assembly - Principles

Art. 10

  1. The General Assembly shall be the supreme body of the CNHW.

  2. Each full member shall send two representatives to the General Assembly: the director of the respective department / institute or a person designated by him/her and a representative who represents the member's research interests.

  3. The General Assembly shall be chaired by the president.

  4. The Secretary-General shall participate in an advisory capacity.

  5. The General Assembly shall usually meet twice a year. The General Assembly can alternatively be held online upon decision of the Board of Directors.

  6. lnvitations to the General Assembly shall be issued at least 30 days in advance, either in writing or by email to the members, stating the agenda items.

  7. Motions for the attention of the General Assembly must be submitted in writing to the president no later than two weeks in advance.

  8. An Extraordinary General Assembly shall be convened by resolution of the Board of Directors, at the request of at least one-fifth of full members or at the request of the auditors. lnvitations must be issued at least 10 days before the meeting.

Art. 11

The General Assembly shall have the following responsibilities:

  • determination of the strategy, objectives, and priorities of the programme activities

  • recruitment and definition of the tasks of experts and / or representatives

  • admission and exclusion of members and definition of the working groups and commissions

  • appointment of CNHW representatives to the various bodies of the association

  • adoption and amendment of the statutes

  • dissolution of the CNHW

  • election of the president and vice-president from among the full members of the General Assembly, namely two directors of departments / institutes respectively persons designated by them

  • election of the third member of the Board of Directors from among the full members of the General Assembly, namely the representatives of research interest

  • selection of the General Secretariat

  • appointment of the Secretary-General and approval of its terms of reference

  • appointment and dismissal of the auditors

  • approval of the budget and the annual accounts

  • grant discharge of liability of the Board of Directors and the General Secretariat

  • fixing of the membership fees

  • adoption of internal organisational regulations

  • approval of the Association's evaluation

General Assembly - Resolutions 

Art. 12

  1. The General Assembly shall pass its resolutions by a simple majority of the full members present. Each full member shall have one vote. The general assembly shall have a quorum, if at least 2/3 of the full members are present. In the event of a tie, the president shall have the casting vote.

  2. A 2/3 majority of the full members present shall be required for resolutions concerning the exclusion of a member (Art. 8, para. 2), the amendment of the statutes (Art. 20) and dissolution (Art. 21).

Board of Directors - Composition

Art. 13

  1. The Board of Directors shall consist of the president, the vice-president and one representative of research interests. Each full member organization may be represented only once.

  2. The Members of the Board of Directors shall be elected for a term of two years and shall

be eligible for re-election.

  1. The Board of Directors shall decide based on a 2/3 majority.



Board of Directors - Responsibilities

Art. 14

  1. The president shall be responsible for the day-to-day business of the CNHW. The president shall report regularly to the Board of Directors and the General Assembly, In particular, the president shall prepare an annual report and represent the CNHW externally.

  2. The vice-president shall assist the president in the performance of his/her duties and represent him/her in his/her absence.

  3. The Board of Directors shall establish relations with organisations in the health field.

General Secretariat

Art. 15

  1. The General Secretariat shall consist of a Secretary-General and a Secretary Assistant.

  2. The Secretary-General and the Secretary Assistant shall be elected for a term of two years. The Secretary-General and the Secretary Assistant shall be eligible for re-election.

  3. The General Secretariat shall support the General Assembly and the Board of Directors administratively and operationally and is led in terms of personnel by the president.



Art. 16

  1. The General Assembly shall elect the auditors for a term of two years. The auditors are eligible for re-election.

  2. The auditors shall examine the accounts and the annual financial statements of the Association at the end of each fiscal year and at the request of the Association during the fiscal year and report to the General Assembly. The report shall include the following:

  3. proposals for the approval of the financial statements and the discharge to be granted to the Board of Directors and the General Secretariat, and a notice of any violation of the law, the statutes, or commercial principles in the accounting and financial statements.

Signature rights

Art. 17

The association is legally bound by the collective signature of two members of the board of Directors or by the collective signature of one member of the board and the Secretary-General.

For the liabilities of the association only the assets of the association are liable. The members of the board are not personally liable.

3. Finances

Financial Resources

Art. 18

  1. The CNHW  shall be financed by the membership fees.

  2. The budget of the CNHW shall be determined biennially by the General Assembly.

  3. Fees may vary between members and areproposed yearbyyear by the Board and approved by the General Assembly, according to the membership fees guidelines.

  4. The financial resources of the Association shall be used exclusively to implement the decisions of the General Assembly and the Board of Directors in compliance with the purposes of the Association, and to cover current expenses, including, among others, the remuneration of the General Secretariat.


Art. 19

  1. The fiscal year shall correspond to the calendar year. The annual financial statement shall be finalised on 31 December.

  2. The accounting shall be performed by the financer from the finance department of the full member that is holding the president's office.

  3. The Board of Directors must always be granted access to all documents and receipts.

  4. Every year, the membership fees agreed by the General Assembly shall be transferred to the president's office at the latest 30 days after the approval of the annual budget by the General Assembly.


Art. 20

  1. The responsibility of the Association shall be limited to the Association's assets and to the exclusion of any personal liability of the members.

4. Final terms

Amendment of the Statutes

Art. 21

  1. Any proposed change to the terms of these statutes must be discussed and agreed in writing by the full members' legal representative prior to commencement or modification.

  2. The current statutes may be amended by a resolution of the General Assembly passed by a 2/3 majority of the full members present.



Art. 22

  1. The General Assembly shall decide on the dissolution of the Association by a 2/3 majority of the full members present.

  2. The president or one of the persons appointed by the General Assembly shall carry out the liquidation in accordance with the provisions of the Swiss Civil Code.

  3. Upon proposal of the liquidator, the General Assembly shall decide on the use of the remaining assets.


Entry into Force

Art. 23

  1. The current statutes shall enter into force on the 18th of March 2022.



Art. 24

  1. The Association shall be established for an indefinite period.

  2. The Association can be dissolved by decision of the General Assembly.




These statutes were approved by the founding assembly on the 18th of March, in Zürich

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