File no. LO-0
Statutes of the Blood Donors in Denmark (as adopted 12 May 2007)
Article 1 Name and headquarters
The Blood Donors in Denmark - hereafter BID - is located in Frederiksberg. BID is a national
organisation covering all local blood donor associations.
Article 2 Purpose
BID is responsible for promoting the cause of blood donation and to protect the interests of blood
donors. It is the goal of the BID to ensure that anywhere in Denmark - at any time – there is the
required number of voluntary and non-remunerated blood donors to ensure the supply of blood and
blood products to all hospitals in the country.
The National Committee of the BID sets guidelines for blood donation activity.
The BID represents the local blood donor associations and regional committees in national and
Article 3 Members
Local blood donor associations, managed by the following rules, can adhere to the BID:
Local donor associations must fulfil all duties they have taken upon themselves in an
agreement with the regional committee, and the tasks, that regional committee has accepted
in the agreement with the Region on behalf of all donor associations in the region.
A blood donor association is run by a board of at least 5 members. The board shall
supplement itself with new members. It should be composed so that other local
organisations based on voluntary membership are represented. A majority of the members
must be current or former blood donors. The board should have 1 member who is a medical
Each board member shall pursue the purpose in Article 2 at the local level. It is expected that
a member of the board set his position at disposal when the person's age, health or declining
interest makes this topical.
The local blood donor association is represented by the chairman of the board in association
with 1 other member or by 3 members of the board in association.
The Board must hold at least 2 meetings each year. In one of the meetings revised accounts
for the activities of the blood donor association over the past year shall be presented. The
accounts shall soon thereafter be presented in the blood bank (s). A signed copy of the
annual report must be submitted to the Blood Donors in Denmark before 30 June the year
The funds, a blood donor association disposes of, may only be used to promote the cause of
Board members are unpaid.
Article 4 Regional committees.
The local blood donor associations in a region elect at a regional meeting a regional committee,
consisting of at least 7 members elected for 2 years each. The majority is elected in even years and
the minority in odd years. All members may be re-elected.
In the regional committee of the Capital region, is elected at least 1 member of the association from
Bornholm and at least to members from the former Fredensborg County.
Elections to the regional committees must be held before the 31st of March each year. At the
election, each donor association in the region has 1 vote for each thousand donors.
According to need several regional meetings can take place during a year.
The regional committee must in accordance with the Law on Procurement of Human Blood enter
into an agreement with the Region about the conditions for donors’ blood donation, including the
payment of a sum to the local donor associations to cover their expenses in connection with the
donation activity. The regional committee must also enter into a contract with the Region on the
organization and coordination of blood donation activities of the region - possibly across regional
borders - and in any other way protect common interests of the local blood donor associations in the
1 doctor in charge of the blood service and one representative from the hospital administration of
the Region should participate in all regional committee meetings, where they can speak, but not
Among the members of the regional committee a chairman, a vice-chairman and a treasurer is
Each regional committee shall elect 7 persons to the National Committee of the BID. From these 7
persons 2 must be elected to the Executive Council of BID. If a regional committee has more than 7
members, a member of the National Committee can be represented in the National Committee, by
another member of the regional committee, who is not already a member of the National
Committee. Members of the Executive Council can not be substituted by others at the meetings of
the Executive Council.
The regional committee can be legally bound by the signatures of 2 members of which 1 should be
the chairman or the vice-chairman.
The regional committee can create sub-committees when needed.
The regional committee must have at least two meetings a year. Meetings are convened in writing
with at least 1 month's notice. Every region must adopt a revised annual report, and send it to the
Region and BID within 3 weeks after the meeting.
The regional committee has responsibility for the realization of the purpose outlines in Article 2
and responsibility for ensuring that the agreement with the Region, as referred to in Paragraph. 5, is
followed by all local donor associations in the region
Members of the regional committee are unpaid.
Article 5 National Committee
The BID’s overall management is handled by a National Committee made up of 41 members,
consisting of 35 regional committee members, 2 members nominated by the Danish Society for
Clinical Immunology and 1 member from the following organizations: the National Sports
Federation, the Danish Red Cross, the Sct. Georgs Guilds in Denmark and the Joint Council of the
Members of the National Committee are unpaid.
The National Committee shall submit an annual report.
Article 6 National Committee Meetings
The National Committee shall hold at least 1 meeting every year, and besides this the president can
call for more meetings if needed. If 1/3 of the members in the National Committee want a meeting,
it must be held.
The Agenda for the compulsory National Committee meeting held in the first half of the year must
include the following items:
1. Election of a moderator.
2. Adoption of the report in accordance with Article 5
3. Presentation and adoption of the annual report of the previous financial year.
4. Presentation and adoption of the budget for the coming year, including fixing
payments to the BID.
5. Election of an auditor.
6. Consideration of matters to be submitted to the decision of the National Committee.
7. Any other business.
To the National Committee meetings observers may be invited from public authorities, associations
combating disease or others as decided by the National Committee or the Executive Council.
Article 7 National Convention
The Executive Committee recommends to the National Committee, when to hold a National
Convention of representatives of the local blood donor associations, members of the Blood Donor
At the National Convention participants are informed about current issues that have general
significance and /or interest to blood donors, and participants in the National Convention discuss
The Executive Council approves the minutes from the National Convention, which are forwarded to
the local donor associations within 2 months after the meeting.
At the National Convention observers from public authorities, associations combating diseases or
others may be invited.
Section 8 Executive Council
The Executive Council runs the daily business of BID.
The Executive Council is responsible for implementing the decisions taken by the National
Committee, and the daily operation of the BID is in accordance with the guidelines laid down by
the National Committee.
The Executive Committee is made up of the 10 members elected by the regional committees and 1
member appointed by the Danish Society for Clinical Immunology, which also designates a
The Executive Committee shall elect among its members a president and vice-president, both for 2
The President is elected in odd years and vice-president in even years. Re-election can take place.
The President and Vice-president of the Executive Council are also President and Vice-president of
the National Committee. If there is a need for it, the President is also known as the National
President of the Blood Donors in Denmark.
The Executive Committee will meet as necessary but at least 4 times a year. An Agenda must be
distributed at least one week before the meeting with an indication of the subjects to be treated.
Minutes of the meetings of the Executive Committee is distributed within 8 days after the meeting,
and during 8 more days members can make their comments and objections. The President shall
determine any changes in the report, which shall be submitted for adoption at the next meeting.
The Executive Council has a quorum when 6 members are present.
Article 9 Daily management
To perform the daily work of the BID, on the basis of the guidelines and decisions made by the
National Committee and the Executive Committee, is employed a salaried Secretary General and
other staff as needed.
The Secretary General manages the Blood Donors’ Security Foundation and the Blood Donors’
Research Foundation under instructions from the boards of the foundations.
The Secretary General is appointed by the Executive Council, while other staff is employed by the
Article 10 Eligibility
BID is bound by the signature of its President and 1 other member of the Executive Committee or
by 3 members of the Executive Committee in association.
The Executive Council can give banking and postal giro proxy.
Article 11 Annual report, etc.
The financial year is the calendar year. The annual report is audited by a chartered or registered
accountant, chosen by the National Committee.
The annual report is submitted for approval in the National Committee within 6 months after the
end of the year.
Article 12 Finances
Contributions from the individual donor associations is determined by the National Committee in
relation to the number of donations in each local blood donor association, so that the collection rate
in the last financial year is used to calculate the payments in the current financial year.
Article 13 Statutory changes and dissolution
Decisions at National Committee meetings are taken by simple majority.
For a decision to amend this statute - or the dissolution of the BiD - at least 2/3 of the votes shall be
represented at the National Committee meeting, and at least 2/3 of the so-represented shall vote for
If the proposal – without being adopted under this rule - has been adopted by at least 2/3 of the
people present and allowed to vote, a new meeting of the National Committee must be held within
one month, and at this meeting, the proposal - regardless of the number of attendees – can be
adopted by 2/3 of the votes cast.
Article 14 Specific provisions on entry into force
Before 31 March 2006 at least 7 members must be elected to the regional committees. No one has
to leave in year 2007, but in 2008 the majority is up for election, and in 2009 the minority is up for
election and so on.
Besides this, the Executive Council is authorized to adjust the timetable for the entry into force,
including when the new National Committee and the new Executive Council must meet the first
time, and what powers the new National Committee and the new Executive Council have.
These statutes are adopted at the National Committee meeting the 12th of May 2007. The changes
will take effect immediately, except for the change in Article 4 section 7, which comes into force on
1 January 2008.
(Translated on the 5th of October 2008 by us)
Mikkel Dybtved Andersen Niels Mikkelsen
Vice-president Secretary General