IBE offers three types of Membership: Full Membership, Regional Membership and Associate Membership.
All Members have constitutional rights including:
- the right to receive support;
- the right to information;
- the right to participate in IBE activities;
- the right to promote their IBE membership.
In addition, Full and Regional Members have the right to be nominated for election to the International Executive Committee and relevant Regional Executive Committee and to vote in ballots, polls and elections conducted by IBE.
Membership provides a wide range of benefits such as:
- involvement in the close working relationship that exists between IBE and the International League Against Epilepsy;
- participation in collaborations in which IBE is involved, such as the ILAE/IBE/WHO Global Campaign Against Epilepsy ‘Out of the Shadows’; the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); CoNGO, the Conference of NGOs with Consultative relationship with the United Nations; and the World Health Organization (WHO/OMS); and Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO);
- the invitation to play an active part in IBE programs and activities, such as the Promising Strategies Program, international and regional congresses, and awards;
- participation in regional Epilepsy Days, such as European Epilepsy Day (2nd Monday in February each year) and Latin American Epilepsy Day (9th September each year);
- the invitation to be a member of an IBE User Group, such as the Editor’s Network and the Chief Executive Officers Network;
- connection to a global network of individual and associations working in the field of epilepsy.
Full Membership of the IBE is open to any organisation which meets the criteria of Full Membership. The criteria for Full Membership are that member organisations must comply with the following: –
- Lay people – in particular people with epilepsy – must be able to have full membership and voting rights and be eligible for nomination and election to any elected position of the member organisation itself or of the organisations which comprise the member organisation when it is a national collective of epilepsy organisations.
- People with a professional interest in epilepsy may also be members of the member organisation.
- Activities and goals of a member organisation must be focused on improving the quality of life of people affected by epilepsy.
- Evidence must be provided of recent activity focused on improving the quality of life of people affected by epilepsy.
- The member organisation must have national status in that membership must be constitutionally accessible to all eligible people within the country; or, where the member organisation is a national collective of epilepsy organisations, membership must be constitutionally accessible to all eligible organisations; or, where the member organisation covers more than one country membership must be constitutionally accessible to all eligible people within each country.
- The member organisation must be formally organised with a written constitution agreed and in place and/or recognised by an appropriate authorising body.
- The member organisation must have a Constitution which does not conflict with that of the IBE.
To apply for Full Membership, an organisation must be nominated by two existing Full Members; one to propose and one to second their application.
An applicant organisation must submit its constitution and such other information as may be required for consideration by the International Executive Committee.
When satisfied that all criteria for Full Membership are met, the International Executive Committee will recommend the applicant organisation to the Full Members for admission by a simple majority of approval in a ballot of Full Members.
Organisations that do not meet the criteria for Full Membership, or organisations in a country where there is already a recognised Full Member of the IBE, may join the IBE as an Associate Member on the recommendation of the International Executive Committee and by a simple majority of approval in a ballot of Full Members.
Associate Membership shall entail all membership privileges other than the right to vote.
By applying for membership, an organisation agrees to fulfil all obligations of a member as stated in this Constitution and Bye-laws. Members are autonomous bodies, but their constitutions must not contain articles inconsistent with the Constitution of the IBE.
Membership becomes effective only when the applicant has paid to the IBE the first annual dues and membership remains effective only so long as dues remain paid up to date.