Frequently Asked Questions About the Association

What is the Mission of the Sociedad Criónica ?.

We start from the fact that an organization, like our association, is nothing more than a structured group of people who coordinate their efforts to carry out a specific mission with limited resources.

Life and Health are two universal basic needs and rights for our species. These rights must be guaranteed through public safety and health systems. The Sociedad Criónica is an independent citizen initiative of the Third Health Sector, to complement the work of general interest of the public and private sectors, promoting and defending the rights to Life and Health of patients and citizens in general.

The first objectives of the Sociedad Criónica are to educate the Society, fostering critical thinking, about Human Cryopreservation (HC) and work to solve the legal, economic, technical, logistic and scientific difficulties related to HC.

HC, also called cryonics, is an experimental medical treatment. Its purpose is to satisfy needs of general interest: to live, and in a healthy way. To do this, HC allows to stop the metabolic activity of people with terminal diseases, derived or not from aging, until it is possible to reverse the HC process, cure their diseases, and optimize their health. That is, live with excellent health.

In order to carry out the Mission of the SC, strategic plans are drawn up periodically, integrated by Planning, Financing and Communications.

What is the Sociedad Criónica?

It is a non-profit organization, endowed with its own legal personality and full capacity to act, which is governed by Organic Law 1/2002, of March 22, by the other regulations that develop it, and by its Bylaws. Its main territorial scope of action covers the entire national territory of Spain, and is constituted indefinitely.

The purposes with which the SOCIEDAD CRIÓNICA was constituted are:

1.-Boost, promote and create projects and initiatives to achieve the legalization of the extension or suspension of life by preserving, in the case of individuals, their own identity, and guaranteeing the recovery of their health, as an alternative to inhumation , the incineration and other practices regulated by Decree 2263/1974, of July 20, which approves the Mortuary Health Police regulations and regional legislation on this matter. Our work is based on principles such as honesty, responsibility and excellence in the work we do and the service we offer.

2.-Provision of complementary services through Support Groups, within the current legal framework, and aimed at achieving the goals of the Association.

3.-The promotion of R + D + i, and the use of science and technology to achieve, in the same way that is already done with cells and tissues, the cryopreservation of organs and to make viable the cryopreservation and reanimation of “cryonic” patients.

4.-Cryonic activism, serving as a means of dissemination and consultation for all those with concerns on related issues the “cryonics.”

5.-The ethical, safe, transparent and democratic development and implementation of sciences, technologies and organizational systems that allow the consolidation and development of this technique to preserve the life of each individual, especially human, and so decide.

6.-The implementation of profound improvements in the education of citizenship, and initiatives in favor of critical thinking and against ideological indoctrination, in such a way that it understands “cryonics” objectively. The sensitization of citizens on the importance of reason, science and technology, and especially those related to the right to life.

7.-Defend the right of every person to freely dispose of his body and his life.

8.-Defend the rights of the citizen:

8.1.-To the clinical information.

8.2.-To decide freely among the available clinical options (informed consent).

8.3.-To privacy.

8.4.-To refuse treatment and respect the decisions taken freely and voluntarily by the patient.

8.5.-To the effectiveness of the consequences of expressing their will in advance in the living will, document of previous instructions or anticipated wills.

8.6.-The right not to practice the autopsy in those cases where their values ​​and beliefs are violated.

9.-Defend the decriminalization of euthanasia and medically assisted suicide for advanced patients who freely wish to be free from suffering they experience as intolerable.

To fulfill these purposes, the following activities will be carried out:

a) Those conducive to patient care, research, promotion and dissemination of “cryonics” in all aspects, within the current legal framework, and aimed at achieving the goals of the Association, such as the provision of standby, stabilization and transport services (SST services) of patients, as well as conducting research programs, educational programs, conferences, academic events, editing of graphic materials, creation of websites, etc.

b) To promote the approval by Spanish legislation of everything that can facilitate the achievement of the aims of this Association, collaborating with other institutions, citizen and collective movements to influence socially and politically, transferring to the administrations the demands of the Sociedad Criónica expressed in article 5, and by means of the presentation, as an interested juridical person, by means of those who prove to be their representatives by any means valid in Law, of all kinds of writings, petitions, allegations and appeals, whether administrative or judicial, as well as the performance of any procedures legally provided for in processes and expedients of all kinds that may be followed by any jurisdiction, jurisdictional order or sector of any Public Administration or assimilable entity regardless of their degree of autonomy or private legal entity, whatever the branch of law in which you act in or special regulations that were applicable or even act customarily based on customs and habits supported by the legal system operative, including before international bodies and authorities and the European Union, whether executive, legislative or judicial. And to agree on the personification and action to intervene in writing, orally or in the precise and necessary manner in all the procedures corresponding to the aforementioned expedients.

c) Promote advice and collaboration with the Health Authorities and with scientific and medical societies, both nationally and internationally.

d) All those activities that allow, within the current legislation, that the persons or bodies subjected to treatment, for their transfer out of Spain, be protected both legally and biologically so that they meet the necessary conditions for their perfect conservation whenever they are precise, until science is capable of its complete recovery.

e) Promote the creation of local support groups and associations related to the Sociedad Criónica.

f) Any other activity that, within the current legal framework, is aimed at achieving the goals of the Association.

What is NOT the Sociedad Criónica?

It is not a for-profit organization. It is an association and, as such, does not seek to distribute benefits among its members. All income is reverted to the Association.

Is it a private company?

No. Notwithstanding that the Association may in the future, as provided by the Law, establish a service company as part of the purpose of the association, and whose benefits would always revert to the association.

What is an association?

It is the union of people or entities for a common purpose. The associations are permanently destined to achieve their common objectives.

In the legal area, associations are characterized by being groups of people with the aim of carrying out a common collective activity, democratically by their own members, and without profit and independent of any political party, company or organization.

Generally, the following is required for its foundation:

  • Denomination or social reason.
  • Identification of associates.
  • Document stating the drafting of the bylaws that contemplates the objective of the association, the internal operating rules, as well as all other relevant data of the same.
  • The existence of an accounting.
  • Permits and licenses to start operations.
  • Formalize the constitution before a notary public, or before the competent authority.

What is the Third Sector? And the Third Health Sector?

The Third Sector is the set of entities (associations, foundations, etc.) that are neither public nor profit-oriented, are engaged in professional media and volunteers, social action projects, or defend the interests of groups of any kind (cultural, sports, consumer, alumni, health, etc.)

The entities that make up the Third Sector have the following characteristics:

-Their voluntary nature and emerge from the free will of citizens around agreed goals and objectives

– Its purpose is to improve the welfare of certain individuals and groups

They pursue social solidarity progress.

-They are financed with public and private donations.

Functions of the Third Sector:

-The social mediation to compensate for the failures of the market and the State: detect unmet social needs and push for them to be covered.

-The citizen awareness

-The revitalization of the social fabric through a more active civil society

-Creation of solidarity networks (supplying inefficient public social services)

The values ​​that the Non-Profit Entities (NPEs) of the Third Sector defend have to do with the social object that each of them defends: tolerance, freedom, citizenship, friendship, sports, consumer defense, peace, the environment, health , etc.

The Third Health Sector is composed of those associations whose social project focuses on the health sector.

Where does the Sociedad Criónica get its resources?

At the moment it does not have any subsidy, reason why the economic resources are obtained exclusively from the fees of its associates and of donations.

In what does the association use the money?

In fulfilling the objectives of the association, following the guidelines voted by the members in the Annual General Meeting.

At the present time, the available economic resources are being devoted to building and reinforcing the entire administrative, organizational and communication structure that every association needs to start its journey and guarantee its duration over time.

Who works in the Sociedad Criónica?

Currently, and until the financial means allow it, there is no salaried person. All the work is done by partners or volunteers who dedicate part of their free time to develop the project of the association.

Who can be a member?

Can be Members of the Sociedad Criónica, all those persons with capacity to act who are interested in the “cryonics”, and the public or private organizations related to this issue, that meet the requirements stipulated by the Admissions Commission.

Who can be a collaborator-volunteer?

They can be collaborators-volunteers, those people who agree with the aims of the S.C. and work voluntarily, provide advice, or help in any other way to achieve the objectives of the Association. They will have voice but will not vote in the Assemblies.

What is the difference between member and collaborator-volunteer?

Members pay a registration fee and have the right to participate and decide by voting on the activities of the Association.

The collaborator-volunteer, not a member, does not pay a fee, and has the right to participate in the activities of the association and to speak at the assemblies, but not to vote.

Who makes up the Advisory Council? How are its members chosen?

They are experts in different areas whose specific knowledge supposes an added value for the Association, and who collaborate and advise in the tasks and objectives of the Sociedad Criónica.

They are elected and selected by the Board of Directors and by request of the members in the Annual General Meeting.

Who makes up the Board of Directors? Which functions has?

The Board of Directors is the management and representation body of the Association. Its main function is to execute the resolutions adopted by the General Meeting, exercising also the functions that the Statutes grant it.

The Board of Directors will be formed, in this order, by a President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. Likewise, there may also be a First Vice President and a Second Vice President, and Spokenspersons.

The following functions correspond to the Board of Directors:

1. Hold the representation, management and economic and administrative management of the Association, both in Spain and abroad, as well as organize all the social activities of the Association.

2. Create Support Groups and Working Groups that it consider necessary, and appoint the people who will direct them.

3. Modify the number of Support Groups and Working Groups that make up the association.

4. Execute the agreements of the General Assembly.

5. Formulate the inventory, balance and annual report that must be submitted to the approval of the Ordinary General Assembly.

6. Draft or reform the Internal Regulations with which the entity is endowed, being necessary its subsequent ratification in the General Assembly.

7. Convene General Assemblies.

8. Agree the admission of new Members and propose the expulsion of those who incur the conditions indicated in Art 13.

9. Appoint the Honorary Members, at the proposal of the different bodies of the Association.

10. Instruct in the different positions to the Board of Directors that has been chosen by the coordinators until the beginning of the following year.

11. Propose the ordinary or extraordinary fees that must be paid by the Members, being necessary its approval in the General Assembly.

12. To approve the presentation, as an interested juridical person, by means of those who prove to be their representatives by any means valid in Law, of all kinds of writings, petitions, allegations and appeals, whether administrative or judicial, as well as the realization of any formalities or procedures legally foreseen in procedures and expedients of all kinds that can be followed from any jurisdiction, jurisdictional order or sector of any Public Administration or assimilable entity regardless of their degree of autonomy or private legal entity, whatever the branch of Law in which they act or the special regulations that were applicable to them or even if they acted customarily on the basis of uses and customs admitted by the current Legal System, including before the International and European Union Bodies and Authorities, whether executive, legislative or judicial. And to agree on the personification and action to intervene in writing, orally or in the precise and necessary manner in all the procedures corresponding to the aforementioned procedures.

13. In general, all acts pertaining to the purposes of the Association that do not require, according to its Statutes, express authorization of the General Assembly.

Does the Sociedad Criónica have a corporate headquarters contact telephone number?

Not at present, but it is an important point in the development plan of the Association, which will be carried out as soon as the economic resources allow it.

What is the formal structure of the Sociedad Criónica?

What management system does the Sociedad Criónica use?

Direct management, based on projects and quality management criteria of health organizations. We are developing the procedures (Manual of Procedures) applying the methodology of the Project Manager Institute (PMI), and management standards UNE EN ISO 9001, JCAHO (Very accurate tool for assessing the quality of healthcare) or EFQM, ISO 13485: 2016 (Quality management system applicable to medical devices) and ISO 14971: 2007, as well as the guidelines of the PM H2020.

Is the cryopreservation of patients in Spain legal?

It is not legal or illegal, since there is no legislation to the respect, so we could say that it is in a situation of “lawlessness”.

Is there a human cryopreservation center operating in Spain?

Currently we have NO record.

Is there a service or standby, stabilization and transport center operating in Spain?

Currently there is only one American private company that offers SST (Standby, Stabilization and Transport) services to any country in the world, including Spain.

In which countries are there Centers for Human Cryopreservation?

In the United States, Russia and China.

Does the Sociedad Criónica have a telephone number for emergencies?

Not currently, but it is one of the basic projects that will be carried out as soon as we have a sufficient group of trained volunteers.

Does the Sociedad Criónica develop R & D & I projects?

Yes. Our first project consists of the development of an early warning system to monitor cryonic patients.

How do they manage their own projects?

Applying the PMI methodology. Teams are created for each project, led by a Project Manager.

Does the association belong to or sympathize with any party or political movement, or with any religious movement?

No. The Association is apolitical and non-denominational. The Association, with rational and secular nature, promotes the development of “cryonics”, science, technology, critical thinking and scientific education. The Association recognizes the principle of equality among all the Members, without any discrimination based on race, religion, sex, political ideology, socioeconomic status, nationality, language, disability, or any other personal or social condition or circumstance.

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