Our Statute

The original statute is in Italian. Here you can find a translation. 


An association governed by articles 36 et seq. Civil Code is established, called “Human Frontier Research Lab”, hereinafter association. The association is apolitical, non-partisan and non-profit. The Association is established and organized in the form of an Association pursuant to article 32 et seq. of Legislative Decree 3 July 2017 n. 117. The Association applies the suspension clause according to which it will use the acronym “HFR-Lab” only following registration in the Single National Register of the Third Sector. The Association is open to all those who intend to commit themselves to supporting the realization of institutional goals and who share its spirit and ideals.


The Association has an unlimited duration in time and can only be dissolved by resolution of the extraordinary meeting of members.


The Association has its registered office in VIA VOLTA, 19 MANTOVA (MN); will be able to move the headquarters within the province of Mantova, without this entailing a statutory change. The Association may establish secondary offices, branches or representations in Italy or abroad.

Art. 4 – PURPOSE

The Association is established for the non-profit pursuit of civic, solidarity and social utility purposes by carrying out, exclusively or principally, activities of general interest in favor of the members of the association and third parties, in full compliance of the freedom and dignity of the members. The Association promises to carry out and participate in research, studies and in-depth studies, cultural, informative, educational, recreational activities and pursues goals of social solidarity. To achieve the aforementioned purposes, it will exclusively or principally carry out the following activities of general interest. Its activity consists of:

a) scientific, medical, philosophical, humanistic, interdisciplinary, artistic research with a preference for areas of particular social interest;

b) university and post-university education;

c) education, instruction and professional training actions, pursuant to Law no. 28 March 2003. 53, and subsequent amendments, as well as cultural activities of social interest with educational purposes;

d) organization and management of essayistic, informative, cultural, artistic or recreational activities of social interest, including activities, including editorial and media, for the promotion and diffusion of culture in general, as well as the practice of volunteering and activities of general interest of referred to in this article;

e) activities aimed at encouraging young people to undertake an educational and professional path in research and discovery of themselves and the world;

f) amplification of the knowledge triangle “Education – Research – Innovation” for the cultural promotion of the provincial, regional, Italian and international territory;

g) interventions and services aimed at safeguarding and improving environmental conditions, deep ecology, and the prudent and rational use of natural resources, with the exclusion of the habitually carried out activity of collecting and recycling urban waste, special and dangerous; as well as the protection of animals and all forms of life;

h) social interventions and services pursuant to article 1, paragraphs 1 and 2, of Law no. 8 November 2000. 328, and subsequent amendments, and interventions, services and benefits referred to in Law 5 February 1992, n. 104, and Law 22 June 2016, n. 112, and subsequent amendments;

i) promotion of the culture of legality, knowledge of different cultures, multiculturalism, peace between peoples, non-violence and unarmed defence;

l) promotion and protection of human, civil, social and political rights, freedom of expression, freedom of choice, protection of health, as well as the rights of consumers and users of activities of general interest referred to in this article, promotion of equal opportunities and mutual aid initiatives, including the time banks referred to in article 27 of Law 8 March 2000, n. 53, and the solidarity purchasing groups referred to in article 1, paragraph 266, of Law 24 December 2007, n. 244;

m) raising awareness to improve the state of health of the population, to undertake a real prevention path capable of intervening on the environment, nutrition, physical activity, natural cultivation techniques and the treatment of diseases, underlining the centrality of every individual, healthy or sick, to achieve informed access to care and a democratic diffusion of medical, scientific, philosophical and human knowledge;

n) health literacy, i.e. the provision of knowledge tools for the protection of health and for the adoption of behaviours, lifestyles and choices that allow the integration of physical well-being with psychological and cognitive well-being and of the personal dimension with the collective one.

To achieve these purposes the Association may:

a) promote and support also economically every direct and indirect initiative carried out by the association itself and also by public and private bodies operating on a non-profit basis in the context of the Association’s scientific and multidisciplinary research;

b) promote, organize, activate, support, and also participate in training activities for operators and citizens in the context of the Association’s scientific and multidisciplinary research;

c) promote, organize, activate, support and also participate in activities in the fields of dissemination, essays, training, mass media, publishing, including, in particular, seminars, courses of all kinds, cultural events, research and study activities as well as exhibitions, congresses, conferences, meetings, publications, radio, television and web programs and other related initiatives, in the areas of intervention of the Association, aimed at deepening, enhancing and disseminating the values and knowledge which the Association is inspired by;

d) the Association may also take care of the publication, through any method permitted by current legislation (press, internet distribution, and similars), of monographic essays, works, research and publications in general;

e) promote the activation and participate in co-programming and co-planning procedures in relation to activities of general interest, pursuant to the Third Sector Code;

f) provide services, especially to people who are needy or otherwise disadvantaged in relation to their economic, psychophysical and/or social conditions;

g) promote, organize, activate and support, also economically, any direct and indirect initiative by public and private bodies operating on a non-profit basis, oriented towards the objectives of the Association;

h) promote and support any direct and indirect initiative, aimed at promoting the protection of citizens’ rights, and the progress of studies and research in the various fields of health intervention, also in collaboration with other third sector bodies, associations, public bodies and private, international, national and local institutes and with university institutes in Italy and abroad;

i) promote and manage initiatives, services and activities in the educational field aimed at cultivating and supporting the talents of children and adolescents.

j) organize and manage entertainment, workshop and interactive activity initiatives for children and adults (expressive, artistic, sporting, recreational and leisure activities);

k) support, develop and organize the planning of educational institutions of all levels;

l) promote, organize, activate and support, also economically, any activity aimed at protecting the rights of the individual, the right to health and the protection of life and its quality, as well as the protection of the rights of the patient, including through the dissemination, dissemination and information of updated knowledge and information on research, diagnosis and treatment activities in the field of Health and Sustainability;

m) promote training activities aimed at citizens and operators in the sector within topics relating to the Association;

n) acquire ownership or other real right of enjoyment and assume for rent, lease, loan or by virtue of an agreement any type of property, furniture, structure, plant or commercial, cultural, recreational or sporting equipment;

o) Carry out all acts and conclude contracts of a movable, real estate and financial nature necessary or useful for the achievement of its objectives;

p) Equip any type of structure, even non-owned, to achieve the social goals;

q) Allow members to enjoy the structures and social services according to the rules of any regulations that may be drawn up by the Board of Directors;

r) for the pursuit of its aims, the Association may join other bodies, associations and organizations whose aims and methods it shares, collaborate with public and private bodies, participate in consortia in order to achieve the statutory aims, contribute to the creation of Centers research, also under agreements with other public and private institutes and bodies;

s) The Association will also be able to operate both in the form of a leader and as a partner, within funded projects which aim to pursue the statutory objectives, as well as stipulate contracts and agreements with bodies, companies and private individuals, aimed at carrying out favor of third parties of activities or social services of general interest pursuant to Art. 56 Third Sector Code;

t) assume contributions and financing from regional, Italian, European or international public and private bodies and credit institutions;

u) the Association may carry out any other lawful activity pursuant to art. 6 of the Third Sector Code, provided that it is secondary and instrumental to those of general interest and is carried out according to the methods and limits established by current legislation and related implementing provisions;

v) The “different activities” are identified by the Board of Directors, with the latter’s obligation to highlight their secondary and instrumental nature in the annual budget;

w) The association may also carry out fundraising activities, pursuant to art. 7 of the Third Sector Code, according to the methods and limits established by current legislation, through the request to third parties for donations, bequests and contributions of a non-reciprocal nature, in order to finance its activities of general interest and in compliance with the principles of truth, transparency and correctness in relationships with supporters and the public.

All activities are carried out by the Association making prevalent use of the volunteer work of its members. The association may make use of employees or self-employed or other workers, including its own members, exclusively within the limits necessary for its regular functioning or within the limits necessary to qualify or specialize the activity carried out. The number of workers employed will fall within the limits set out in article 33 paragraph 1 of Legislative Decree no. 3 July 2017. 117.


The Association can draw the economic resources necessary for its functioning and to carry out its activities from membership fees, public and private financing and contributions, donations and bequests, patrimonial income, fundraising activities and proceeds and income relating to secondary and instrumental as per art. 6 of Legislative Decree 3 July 2017 n. 117. The social assets are constituted by:

– the assets of the Association, whether movable, immovable or registered movable. Towards this, the Association may make purchases of registered real estate and movable property, as well as the related management documents;

– any reserve funds established with budget surpluses;

– annual membership fees;

– voluntary contributions from members, which may be requested in relation to the needs and functioning of the association;

– contributions and financing from international organizations, the State, public administrations or local authorities, aimed at supporting activities and projects, as well as from credit institutions, foundations, bodies in general and other natural and legal persons;

-any disbursements, grants, donations and bequests from third parties or members, accepted by the board of directors which decides on their use, in harmony with the statutory purposes of the association; in particular:

(1) bequests are accepted with the benefit of inventory, following a resolution of the board of directors, with an act of the president, who carries out the relevant legal acts;

(2) the agreements are accepted with a resolution of the Board of Directors which authorizes the president to carry out all the actions necessary for the stipulation.

– Any income from activities other than those of general interest, provided that they are secondary and instrumental to those of general interest and are carried out according to the methods and limits established by current legislation and related implementing provisions.

The association’s revenues for the achievement of its institutional goals consist of:

– membership fees, voluntary contributions and specific fees paid by members for social activities;

– the profit deriving from any activities and events organized or in which it participates;

– the income deriving from the possible management of bars, shops or internal restaurants managed directly or indirectly by the association;

– contributions and reimbursements paid by public administrations, under an agreement or accreditation regime or by way of financing projects or activities;

– contributions and funding from national and international public and private bodies;

– any other income – including commercial one – which contributes to increasing the social assets, provided that it refers to activities relating to the purposes of the Association and, in any case, permitted by law or regulations.

The association cannot distribute, even indirectly, profits and/or operating surpluses as well as funds, reserves however denominated to founders, associates, workers and collaborators, administrators and other members of the social staff, even in the event of withdrawal or in any other hypothesis of individual dissolution of the associative relationship. The association has the obligation to use the assets, including any revenues, income, proceeds, income however denominated, for the performance of the statutory activity for the exclusive pursuit of civic, solidarity and social utility purposes.


The fiscal and financial year begin on August 1st and end on July 31st of each year. Within four months of the end of the financial year, or within six months if particular needs require it, the Board of Directors draws up an economic and financial statement and a budget, both to be submitted for approval by the Members’ Assembly in accordance with the provisions of this Statute. The statement must be drawn up clearly and must truthfully and correctly represent the patrimonial and economic-financial situation of the association, in compliance with the principle of transparency towards the members, with separate indication of any commercial activity carried out alongside the institutional activity. A copy of the report must be made available to all members with the convocation of the assembly which has its definitive approval on the agenda.


Physical subjects and legal entities can be part of the association, and the number of members is unlimited. Members are those who have been admitted by resolution of the Board of Directors, who pay the membership fee every year, who approve and respect the statute, any regulations and the resolutions of the bodies of the Association. The membership fee is not transferable for any reason and is not linked to the ownership of shares or equity interests.


To request admission as a member, you must submit a written application to the Board of Directors using the provided form. The Board of Directors examines the applications submitted and communicates whether or not the application has been accepted within 60 days. Through the application form prepared by the Board of Directors, the aspiring member declares (i) to share the aims of the association; (ii) to know and accept the statute and the related implementing regulations where adopted (iii) to undertake to pay the membership fee in the amount established annually by the Board of Directors; (iv) to participate actively in the life of the Association in order to achieve the objectives pursued and actively participate in the activities of general interest of the Association; (v) to respect the resolutions and implementing measures adopted by the corporate bodies.

In case of rejection of the application, the Board of Directors must justify the rejection resolution and communicate it to the interested party. The latter may, within sixty days of communication of the rejection resolution, request that the Assembly decide on the request at the next meeting. The validity of the membership qualification effectively achieved upon submission of the application for admission may be suspended by the Board of Directors, whose judgment must always be motivated and against whose decision an appeal to the general assembly is permitted. The general criteria for admission to membership are established by regulation approved by the Board of Directors. Once admitted, members pay the membership fee, if approved, the amount of which is set annually by the association’s Board of Directors. Membership in the association is for an indefinite period, with the exclusion of temporary participation in the association’s life; In any case, the right of withdrawal by the member remains unaffected. The member who intends to withdraw from the association must give written notice to the Board of Directors. The fees paid to the association will not be refunded either to the withdrawn member or to the removed member.


Each member that has been registered in the membership register for at least three months, has the right to vote for the approval and modifications of the Statute and any regulations, for the election of the administrative bodies of the association itself and, if adult, has the right to propose yourself as a candidate for the bodies of the association. Each member has the right to examine the company books, upon written request to the Board of Directors within fifteen days of the request. In particular, access to the aforementioned books can take place at the association’s headquarters by appointment. 

All members have equal rights, namely:

– Participate in any event organized by the association;

– Present proposals and/or complaints writing to the Board of Directors;

– Participate with their vote in the resolution of the ordinary and extraordinary assembly, provided that they are in good standing as members and in accordance with the provisions of this Statute;

– Be delegated to assume corporate roles in compliance with the eligibility requirements set out in this Statute.

All members have the duty to:

– Observe both the legislative and regulatory provisions included in this Statute;

– Maintain good moral, ethical and civil conduct within the association and outside of it;

– Pay the established membership fees on time;

– Refrain from any act that could harm the association.


The association declines all responsibility for accidents of any kind that may occur to members and to any other person who makes improper use of social equipment.


Types of odds:

– Annual membership fee established annually by the Board of Directors

– Additional fee for the payment of specific fees.

Each member must pay the membership fee, if approved and established by the Board of Directors from year to year by March 31st, or within the deadline set by the Board itself, in a single payment. The membership fee is not revaluable, but variable and is not transferable even in the event of death. Membership fees are due for the entire current year, regardless of the time of registration.


Member status is lost due to death, withdrawal or exclusion. Members, therefore, cease to belong to the association in the following cases:

– Voluntary withdrawal;

– Expulsion decided by the absolute majority of the members of the Board of Directors, pronounced against the member who commits actions deemed dishonorable within and outside the association, or who, with his conduct, constitutes an obstacle to the good functioning of the association;

– Dissolution of the association, as regulated by this statute;

– Death of the partner;

– Arrears lasting more than two months from the deadline for the requested payment of the membership fee.

The exclusion is decided by the Board of Directors with a reasoned resolution for non-payment, failure to comply with the statutory provisions, behavior contrary to the achievement of the association’s purpose. This provision must be communicated to the member declared excluded, who, within thirty days of such communication, can appeal to the Assembly by registered letter sent to the President of the Association. The removal measure remains suspended until the decision of the Assembly which will examine any appeal in cross-examination with the interested party. The radiated member can no longer be admitted. Under no circumstances, not even in the event of dissolution of the association, nor in the event of death, withdrawal or exclusion from the association can there be a refund of the amount paid to the association as a payment to the endowment fund. The payment does not create participation rights and does not create undivided participation shares that can be transferred to third parties.


In the event of violations of the Regulations approved by it, the Board of Directors may inflict the following sanctions on the member:

– Warning;

– Beware;

– Indefinite suspension;

– Radiation.


– The Members’ Assembly;

– President;

– The Board of Directors.


The members’ assembly is the sovereign body of the association. It is made up of all members in good standing with the membership qualification. The participation of the member in the meeting is strictly personal and each member has the right to one vote; The possibility of written delegation from a member to another member is permitted, who cannot represent more than two members at the same meeting. All members registered in the members’ register for at least three months and in compliance with the payment of the membership fee can participate in the meeting with the right to vote. The meeting can be held via audio/video connection via remote communication tools (e.g. Skype, videoconference, teleconference), provided that:

– The President is allowed to ascertain the identity and legitimacy of those in attendance;

– The person taking the minutes is allowed to adequately perceive the meeting events being recorded;

– Those in attendance are allowed to participate in the discussion and simultaneous voting on the topics on the agenda.

The assembly has all the powers to achieve the social objectives. It is also the judging body of the association and decides, in the final instance, on disputes within its jurisdiction and on any topic affecting social life that is not provided for in this Statute. The decisions of the assembly can only be modified by a subsequent assembly. The ordinary meeting of members is convened at least once a year by the President within the first four months of the following financial year, or six months if particular needs require it, to:

– Discuss and approve the economic and financial statement;

– For the election of the Board of Directors of the Association.

It also decides on all topics relating to its life and relationships that do not fall within the competence of the Extraordinary Assembly and which are legitimately submitted to its examination, as well as on the approval of social regulations. The extraordinary meeting decides on the dissolution of the association and on the methods of its liquidation. The members’ meeting, both ordinary and extraordinary, is convened by the Board of Directors with a notice containing the day, place, time of first and second call of the meeting and the list of topics to be discussed, sent to each of the members at least five days before the date set for the meeting; the notice must be sent by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt sent to the address previously communicated to the association or by any other means that allows acknowledgment of receipt (also by means of acknowledgment of receipt sent by the same means), including fax and post electronically, to the address previously communicated by the member. In cases of particular urgency, the call may take place at least two days before the meeting. The notice of meeting may also be posted on the notice board located at the association’s headquarters at least five days before the date set for the meeting. The ordinary meeting is valid:

– On first call, with the presence of half plus one of those entitled to vote;

– On second call, whatever the number of those present with the same requirements.

The ordinary meeting:

– Appoints and dismisses the members of the corporate bodies;

– Approves the budget

– Decides on the responsibility of the members and promote liability action against them;

– Resolutes on the exclusion of members;

– Approves any regulations for the meeting’s work;

– Decides on other objects attributed by law, by the deed of incorporation or by the statute to its competence.

The extraordinary meeting is valid:

– On first call, with the presence of at least three/quarters of those entitled to vote;

– On second call, whatever the number of those present with the same requirements.

The extraordinary assembly:

– Resolutes on amendments to the deed of incorporation or statute;

– Deliberates the dissolution, transformation, merger or split of the association;

– Decides on other objects attributed by law, by the deed of incorporation or by the statute to its competence.

The resolutions of the assembly are binding on all members, excluding members who intend to resign from the association. The ordinary and extraordinary meetings validly decide with a favorable vote of the majority of those present.


The corporate positions have a duration of five years and are renewable. The corporate positions are honorific and are free of charge. Analytical reimbursements may be recognized at the bottom of the list in relation to specific missions carried out on behalf of the Board of Directors. The corporate positions are considered definitively assigned when the elected representatives have accepted the designation. The election of the Association’s bodies is based on maximum freedom of participation in both the active and passive electorate. All elections to corporate offices must take place by secret ballot.

The Board of Directors of the association is elected with the votes expressed by the members during the social meeting, each member will be able to express a maximum number of four preferences, the first five in the ranking will be designated as members of the Board of Directors for five years, provided that possession of the eligibility requirements.

The President of the association is elected by the Board of Directors from among its members and his vote will be valid in the first round if the candidate has obtained half plus one of the votes available to the board; in the second vote, a simple majority of participants will be sufficient.

The Vice President is elected by the Board of Directors from among its members according to the procedures established for the election of the President.


The President elected by the Board of Directors is the legal representative of the association and is responsible for its functioning towards the Social Assembly. The president carries out the functions of the treasurer. The president carries out the following duties:

– Takes care of current affairs and ordinary administration;

– Convenes and chairs the meetings of the Board of Directors, giving executive form to its resolutions;

– He signs the documents and delegates their signature;

– Convenes the social meeting on behalf of the board of directors.

In case of temporary absence or impediment, the President delegates all or part of his functions or powers to the Vice President. In cases of extraordinary necessity and urgency, the President may autonomously adopt measures regarding ordinary management, except to convene the Board of Directors as quickly as possible in order to obtain the necessary ratification.


The Association is governed by a Board of Directors made up of a minimum of three and a maximum of twenty members elected by the ordinary meeting of members. The first board of directors is appointed in the deed of incorporation by the founding members and, subsequently, by the members’ assembly. The board of directors elects among its members:

– President

– The Vice President


The Board of Directors is made up of:

. the President;

. the Vice President;

. the Councillors.

It meets and decides for the purposes and for all matters relating to the management of the Association. In addition to all the powers conferred on it by this Statute, the Board of Directors has the following obligations:

. Ensures the achievement of the statutory objectives and administer the social assets;

. Draws up the economic and financial statement (final balance sheet) and the budget to be submitted to the annual approval of the ordinary shareholders’ meeting within four months of the beginning of the year or within six months if particular needs require it;

. Decide on the acceptance of members and on possible expulsion;

. Approves the general guidelines and activity programs of the association prepared by the Board of Directors;

. Drafts and approves any internal implementing regulations that govern the life of the association;

. Confers specific control and technical consultancy tasks;

. Appoints, if necessary, temporary commissions with particular tasks and powers;

. Applies all the regulations provided for by this statute;

. Imparts all provisions of a general nature aimed at ensuring the best performance of the association within the limits of the statute, regulations and resolutions of the social meeting;

. Establishes the date, time, venue and agenda of the ordinary and possibly extraordinary shareholders’ meeting;

. Deliberates on any other topic of a general nature provided for by current regulations and decide, subject to subsequent ratification by the assembly, on issues that are not covered by any social regulation;

. Elects the president, vice president and treasurer from among its members.

The board of directors can entrust certain tasks to one or more skis, determining their limits. The board of directors is convened by the president upon simple written or verbal request of the vice president, of an advisor, without formalities. The meetings of the board of directors are valid when at least half plus one of its members participate and the resolutions will be valid by simple majority. In the event of a tie, the president’s vote always prevails. If a member of the board of directors ceases to be part of the Council due to resignation or other reason, the Council will remain in office with the surviving members provided that at least three members remain. Otherwise, the shareholders’ meeting will be called to proceed with the new election of the lapsed councilors. Any member who, after three consecutive absences not justified by the President, does not participate in the next meeting will be removed from the board of directors. The board of directors expires at the end of its mandate or earlier

. When the social meeting does not approve the economic and financial statement (final balance) and the budget;

. In the case under a) the ordinary administration will be assumed by the three oldest registered members who will call new elections within thirty days from the date of dissolution of the board of directors.


At the same time as the election of the Board of Directors, the assembly can appoint the Auditor or the Board of Auditors, composed of three effective members and two alternates (the latter take over in any case in the event of termination of an effective member), also chosen from among non-members, who are entrusted with the task of controlling expenses and supervising administrative management and then reporting to the assembly when approving the budget. The role of auditor is incompatible with the role of councilor. For their duration in office, re-eligibility and compensation apply to the rules dictated in this statute for members of the board of directors. The auditors supervise the good administrative performance of the association, verify compliance with the law, the statute and any regulations, take care of keeping the book of the auditors’ meetings, participate by right in the meetings of the assembly and the council board with the right to speak but without the right to vote, they verify the regularity and conformity of the financial statements with the accounting records, and give an opinion on the financial statements. For this purpose the college meets at least twice a year.


The Association is characterized by the democratic nature of the structure, the electivity and free nature of the associative positions and the services provided by the members; must mainly make use of voluntary, personal and free services from its members, but can also make use of the same members as employees or collaborators in order to ensure the regular functioning of the social activity. The remuneration paid to members who operate as employees and/or collaborators must not exceed the limit that could presuppose an indirect distribution of income or profits.


Within four months, or six if particular needs require it, from the closing of the financial statements, the President of the association must submit the economic and financial statement relating to the overall activity carried out in the financial year itself for approval by the assembly. This report must remain deposited at the association’s headquarters and available to anyone who has a reason to be interested in consulting it. Regularly approved reports must be kept.


Individuals, including non-members, in possession of the following requirements are eligible for corporate office:

. They have reached the age of majority on the date of their election;

. Absence of disciplinary measures in the social, civil and criminal fields in general.


Proposals to amend this Statute can be presented by the Board of Directors and members. The proposals presented by members must be signed by at least one tenth of the members entitled to vote. The amendments must be approved, both on first and second call, with the favorable vote of the absolute majority of members present with the right to vote.


For any dispute arising between the association and the members and between the association and third parties or in relation to the interpretation or execution of this Statute, the court of the place where the association has its registered office is competent.


If an event occurs that is deemed incompatible with the existence of the association, the Board of Directors convenes an extraordinary meeting of members to decide on the dissolution of the association, establishing the relevant methods of execution. The dissolution resolution is valid with the favorable vote of all those present. In the event of dissolution, termination or extinction, the residual assets of the entity must be mandatorily donated, subject to the positive opinion of the competent body pursuant to Legislative Decree 117/2017, and unless a different destination is imposed by law, to one or more Third Party Entities Sector with similar purposes or for purposes of public utility or, failing that, to the Fondazione Italia Sociale.


For anything not provided for in this Statute, the regulations in force regarding Third Sector Bodies apply and, in particular, the law of 6 June 2016, n. 106 and Legislative Decree 3 July 2017, n. 117 and subsequent amendments and, although not provided for therein and to the extent compatible, the provisions of the civil code.