Benefits of Becoming an IBE Chapter

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:

  • connection to the largest lay epilepsy organisation in the world and to the global network ofindividuals and associations working in the field of epilepsy;
  • the opportunity to play an active part in IBE programs and activities, such as the Promising Strategies Program, international and regional congresses, Global Outreach program and International Epilepsy Day;
  • involvement in IBE’s collaborative partnerships including WHO, ECOSOC, PAHO, CoNGO, EFNA, and EPF;
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  • the invitation to be included in IBE’s Task Forces, Networks and User Groups;
  • involvement in the close working relationship that exists between IBE and the International League Against Epilepsy ILAE.

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How to Become an IBE Chapter

Membership of the IBE is open to any organisation that meets the following required criteria: –

1. Activities and goals of a member organisation must be focused on improving the quality of life of people affected by epilepsy.

2. 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.

3. The member organisation must be formally organised with a written constitution agreed and
in place and/or recognised by an appropriate authorising body.

4. The member organisation must have a Constitution which does not conflict with that of the IBE.

5. 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.

6. People with a professional interest in epilepsy may also be members of the member organisation.

7. Evidence must be provided of recent activity focused on improving the quality of life of people affected by epilepsy.

Organisations that are focused on improving the quality of life of people with epilepsy but which do
not fully meet the criteria for chapter membership, or organisations in a country where there is already a recognised Chapter of the IBE, may apply to join as an Associate Chapter. Associate
Chapter membership shall entail all privileges other than the right to vote.

Contact Details for IBE Chapters

To contact an IBE Chapter directly, please choose from the following regions below: