Amendments to the Vanuatu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (VASANOC) constitution have been passed at an Extraordinary General Assembly.
The meeting marked the first time the organisation's constitution has been amended since the Vanuatu Amateur Sport Federations and Vanuatu National Olympic Committee merged to form VASANOC in 1991.
According to a summary of changes sent to insidethegames, there will be a "collaboration with Oceania and International Sport Federations to penalise under-performing National Sport Federations of Vanuatu".
Other changes include a procedure for the election of an honorary President as well as the inclusion of athlete representatives as office holders.
Formal processes will be in place to discipline VASANOC Board members and to establish Commission and Working Groups.
Adopting the World Anti-Doping Agency Code as a by-law of VASANOC was also included.
The proposals now need to be considered and accepted by the legal department of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
They are expected to come into force "immediately" after this approval is given.
"Once approved, the new VASANOC constitution will include a provision to adopt and abide by the IOC’s basic universal principles of good governance in its preamble and as a by-law," said the national body's chief executive Henry Tavoa.
Vanuatu has never won an Olympic medal and sent four athletes to Rio 2016 in August.
The delegation included table tennis player Yoshua Shing, who served as flagbearer before losing his first round match.
This year's Oceania National Olympic Committees General Assembly took place in the Pacific archipelago in May.