General Assembly

Extraordinary General Assembly 24 October 2018


Thank you to all members, who attended the extraordinary General Assembly on 24 October 2018 in Boston, USA. The members approved the suggested changes to the Constitution and the Internal Rules.

Constitution & Internal Rules


In summary, there are three groups of changes:    

  1. The structures of the Organisation have been renamed (some to their previous identity).

    The “Board of Directors” becomes the “Executive Committee”

    The “Executive Committee” comes “The Council of the Society”

    The “Court of Honor” becomes more structured.

    The “Collective Member Societies” become the “Integrated Societies”

    The “Participating Societies” continue, but the structure is being broadened.

    We have created a new partnership with other Prestigious Societies and Organisations, whose members may enjoy joint membership privileges.

    We have recognised the contributions provided by Medical students, and physicians in training.
  2. The Academy of the Society is defined
  3. The biennial meeting will be known as “International Surgical Week – The World’s Congress of Surgery”
  4. Definitions have been changed to recognise the significant input we are now playing in the overall care of the surgical patient, to include Anaesthesiology, Critical Care, etc.

General Assembly 2019


The International Society of Surgery (ISS) / Société Internatioinale de Chirurgie (SIC) will hold a General Assembly in August 2019 during the World Congress of Surgery 2019 in Krakow, Poland.