For the International Confederation Cleft Ltd. and Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies


The name of the organization shall be the “International Confederation for Cleft Lip and Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies”. It shall be comprised of regional associations of broad groupings of national associations from the following regions: Africa/Middle East, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Central/South America and North America.


To promote and facilitate the management of cleft lip and palate deformities, and related craniofacial anomalies, throughout the world by:

> Organizing a multi-disciplinary World Congress held once every four years for dissemination of experience and knowledge in this field.

> Assisting and encouraging the establishment of internationally agreed standards and methods of assessment and documentation that would permit comparison of results of different methods of treatment worldwide.

> Facilitating the establishment of multi-center trials and research projects.

> Promoting and encouraging multidisciplinary education and surgical support in the areas of the world where cleft care is not yet comprehensive or universal.


> The Membership of the Confederation shall normally be through national cleft/craniofacial associations. These bodies should be registered with the International Office and database. Cleft professionals who are unable to join a national body should apply to become members of another national organization within their region.

◊ Active Members – All healthcare professional and others involved in the multi-disciplinary management of cleft lip and palate deformity, and related craniofacial anomalies.

◊ Honorary Member – This honor may be bestowed by the Executive Committee on certain individuals by virtue of his/her professional distinction, having made outstanding contributions to the treatment of cleft lip and palate and related craniofacial anomalies, and who has significantly contributed to the objective and activities of the Confederation.

> Only Active Members are entitled to vote at the Business Meeting


> The Official Language shall be English

>  ◊ The President of the Confederation shall be the President of the Congress.

◊ The succeeding President shall be elected by members of the host country for the next Congress.

◊ The President shall take office at the conclusion of the previous Congress.

◊ The President of the Confederation shall be the President of the Congress.

> ◊ A General Business meeting shall be held at the time of the quadrennial Congress, when the business of the Confederation will be conducted by the members.

◊ The Agenda for the General Business meeting shall be distributed to all delegates at the commencement of the Congress.

> ◊ The President of the current Congress shall be the Chairman of the Executive Committee. The Chairman shall vote only in the event of a tie.

◊ An Executive Committee shall be comprised of up to17 members. The Chairman of the Committee (President of the current Congress) shall appoint 3 members from his/her countryor region. The Presidents of the three previous Congresses and the future Congress (if available) shall serve on the Executive Committee and shall nominate 2 additional members from their country or region to insure that each region is represented by 3 members. If the Presidents from past Congresses are not available, a designee from that country/region will be appointed by the Chairman of the Executive Committee. The Chairman will also insure that the committee composition is in compliance with the Constitution. If one of the regions is not represented in the previous three, current or future Congresses, the 3 members from that region will

be selected by the Chairman of the Executive Committee. Any region represented more than once by host countries of the past three Congresses, current or future Congresses, will be represented by only the President (or his/her designee) from the most distant past Congress. The three members from each region shall include, as far as possible representatives from different disciplines involved in cleft/craniofacial care (medicine/surgery, dentistry, speech/audiology, psycho/social, nursing, etc). Vacancies shall be filled by the Chairman of the Executive Committee in consultation with members of the region needing to fill a vacated position.

◊ The Executive Committee will consider the business that is to be presented at the General Business Meeting, and will make recommendations to the Meeting, particularly in regard to the suitability of applicants to host the next Congress(es). A representative for the bid country/countries should be invited to attend the Executive Committee meeting of the Congress in order to make a short presentation and answer initial questions.


◊ At the General Business Meeting voting shall be on the basis of country. 1 delegate= 1 vote, 2 delegates = 2 votes, 3 or more delegates = 3 votes (maximum of 3 votes). A country is defined as a national Cleft Lip and Palate Association or is a member of the United Nations. Delegates from each country shall select representatives who will record their country’s vote. This should be representative of the specialties coming from that country. If a country has not decided on a delegate for their country, then the Congress Chairman can and may appoint a delegate from that country. The Chairman will have a casting vote.

◊ At the Executive Committee, voting will be on an individual basis. The Chairman shall have the casting vote.


◊ The newly appointed Congress host organization shall be responsible for the costs of publication and information dissemination to members relevant to the functions of the Confederation during the four year period leading up to the next Congress.

◊ Website. Maintenance and updating of the Confederation’s website ( is the responsibility of the next hosting country unless a webmaster has been appointed by the Executive Committee. The host country is responsible for any financing required unless funds are available from profits from the preceding Congress. The Website should include information about the History, Past and Future Congresses, Constitution, Current Organization and Links to other websites including the next Congress and other related organizations. It should also provide for dissemination of information for cleft professionals on relevant topics, events and other happenings in the cleft/craniofacial world.

◊ Committees, Task Forces and Special Interest Groups
> A number of committees and task forces may be appointed by the Executive Committee or the host country of the current or future Congresses to represent the Confederation in international bodies and to formulate  guidelines and policies of the Confederation and to empower the Confederation to fulfill its objectives (B), (C), and (D) see above.

> Special interest groups, committees and task forces should publish an annual report and/or prepare a formal report for the next Congress’s Executive Committee for possible distribution to the Membership















International Confederation of Cleft Lip and Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies. This confederation was established in 1969 with the objectives.


A series of task-forces was established by ST Lee prior to the 1997 Singapore Congress of the International Confederation for Cleft Lip


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