The WAMS Executive Council, headed by the President of the WAMS, has direct authority on all the units of the Academy. It consists of 55 members (including the President) who are the most senior fellows of the Academy. The members have the title of "Academy Council Executive" (ACE). Constitutional rules and regulations of the Academy are prepared and decided on by the Executive Council. Admissions to Academy fellowship get the final approval from the Executive Council. Having the supreme authority at the Academy, the Executive Council reviews, discusses, debates and decides on major and determining issues, subjects and matters at the Academy, and it makes the final and conclusive decisions on practical, academic,administrative and constitutional matters and issues. Actions and decisions regarding such matters and issues related to departmental and commissional units of the Academy are also made by the Executive Council. All of the global legislative and constitutional acts, matters and issues passed from the WAMS general Council (World Council) get the final approval from the Executive Council.
The WAMS General Council (World Council) members are the countries' delegates who are selected from Academy fellows and members,
Chaired by the First Senior Vice-President, the WAMS General Council prepares and votes on legislative, constitutional, structural and practical issues in the Academy's international system as well as its global network. Functioning as the constitutional body of the Academy, the WAMS General Council also debates, votes and decides on the Academy's affairs and matters.
The WAMS General Council discusses and debates on issues and matters in world medicine in order to generate related norms and standards accordingly.
The General Council also votes on constitutional and structural issues and matters upon suggestions or requests from the Executive Council, and in such cases the General Council's decisions and rulings are final. General Council members are Academy members as well. Any internal debates at the General Council on its own votings, rulings and decisions are decided on by the General Council's Executive Commission which is headed by the council's chairman, who is also the council's chief executive, and also includes the chairmen of the twelveDivisional Councils as commission members. The members (delegates) of the WAMS General Council are selected from the members and fellows of the Academy.
Preparing for its first annual meeting, which is to be held towards the end of this year, the WAMS' General Council is now in the process of finalizing the country lists of its delegates (See list below). The main subject of the program at the meeting will be involving the first piece of work related to an international charter of medical norms and standards which has been planned and worked on recently.
Setting norms and standards in science in general is not an easy task, and in the science of medicine, in particular, it is highly difficult. One big part of the difficulties, where the public and medical professionals are involved interconnectedly, comes from ever-happening discrepancies, conflicts, disputes and controversies we face daily, and not much is done about it because there is no universal concensus about it. Unilateral institutional dominance, and commercial and scientific monopolies and their consquential subjugation make the difficulties more dramatic and frequently worse.
If a vital but controversial medicine approved, sold and used in some countries is banned in some others, a universal platform for getting to know it and discussing it, and debating and ruling on it must be put in place. Why such a medicine is unsafe or why it is not must be questioned. Why a widely used life-saving operation technique is not used in the country where it was developed must be questioned. Why an important scientific theory firmly settled on research-based literary platforms is not adopted as much as it is expected to be must be questioned and probed into.
In our practice of clinical and research medicine, which is built on a foundation of trust, honesty and integrity, we have sizeable volumes of guidelines, protocols and fundamental ethical standards in use. In this medium, scientific controversies and disputes would only be expected to refine and distill our knowledge and enrich our insight. But the reality is disappointing. The good thing, however, is that the remedy is in our hands.
The General Council's decision-making executive body, the executive commission, which is headed by the WAMS General Council Chairman, has 500 Members coming from the WAMS' eight divisions proportionally to the numbers of their WAMS members, the total numbers of WAMS delagates and the total numbers of medical professionals and populations.