The Global Network for Tobacco Free Healthcare Services is an independent, international, non-profit association which is regulated by the civil code of Swiss law.
The Global Network is a membership based organisation open to healthcare services who commit to systematically addressing tobacco use through the application of evidence based standards and continuous improvement through self-audit.
The Global Network is administered by a Board whose members function according to the Global Network Statutes and the other operational rules agreed by the General Assembly.
The Global Network Board comprises between three to seven members. Members of the Board are elected by network members at the General Assembly for a period of two years.
The Board has the authority to establish working groups to assist in achieving the Global Network's strategic priorities and to co-opt non-voting consultants and experts when necessary.
The Board holds the powers of management and administration notwithstanding the functions of the General Assembly. In particular, the Board is responsible for proposing the budget and priorities for the Global Network as approved by the General Assembly.
The current Strategic Plan identifies the following priorities for the Network:
- Coordinate and Communicate: To strengthen capacity within the Global Network by engaging with healthcare services globally and by promoting the Global Network concept as the most effective approach for tobacco management within healthcare services and settings.
- Recruit and Disseminate: To recruit healthcare services globally to implement tobacco-free policies. To promote and support policy implementation by ensuring that the Global Standards, implementation concept, information materials and website remain relevant and responsive to global changes.
- Sharing and Learning: To develop an interactive website that can support networking, enable two-way communication, support sharing of information and the exchange of good practice.
- Advocate and Collaborate: To engage with international partners in advocating that tobacco addiction/dependency be placed as a key priority within all care programmes. To collaborate with relevant partners in the integration of tobacco management as an integral element of all quality improvement initiatives within healthcare services.
The General Assembly is an annual meeting attended by Global Network members and associates (and external observers if approved by the Board).
Members and the Board grant the General Assembly full power to achieve the objectives of the Global Network.
The tasks of the General Assembly include:
- Election of members to the Global Network Board
- Discussion and approval of strategic matters and plans for Global Network development
- Approval of the annual reports of the Global Network Board and of the Coordinating Centre
- Amendment or endorsement the Global Network’s Strategic Plan and funding strategy
- Approval of the budget presented by the Coordinating Centre
- Amendment or endorsement of statutes, regulations, rules for procedure and membership criteria, including admission and termination of membership as determined by the Board
- Decision regarding the location of the Global Network Coordinating Centre when and as required, on the recommendations of the Global Network Board
Day to day operations are managed by the Coordinating Centre (currently located in Dublin, Ireland), with support from Barwon Health (regional health service in Victoria, Australia). Coordinating Centre functions include:
- Membership administration including management of membership applications and maintenance of the membership database to facilitate information exchange between members
- Organisation of core Network activities such as the General Assembly and the GOLD Forum Process
- Dissemination of information about other Global Network activities and broader activities in tobacco control internationally
- Dissemination of materials and information about member activities via the Global Network website and by email
- Administration of the Board
- Administration of existing funding, including financial updates for the Board and support for working groups planning sustainable funding initiatives
- Supporting working groups promoting the Global Network concept, and collaborating with relevant partners
The Global Network engages in a wide range of activities with relevant partners and associates in support of the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (FCTC).
The Global Network's "Code of Conduct pertaining to members, partnerships and associations" gives guidance as to how the Global Network and its members should work jointly with relevant partners and associates.