One of the Constitutional criteria of IBE Full membership is that an epilepsy organisation must have national status. However some countries in the world have a population number that is so small or a level of development that is so low that it is not realistically possible to sustain any type of epilepsy organisation, let alone a national epilepsy association. Consequently, under the current Constitution, these countries and the people with epilepsy within them might never be able to access the benefits of membership of IBE.
Although an individual country might not be able to sustain its own epilepsy organisation, by acting collectively with other similar countries it might be possible to sustain one that covers more than one country a regional epilepsy organisation.
For example: a Caribbean Epilepsy Association that covers Caribbean countries that do not otherwise have a national epilepsy association.
The International Executive Committee has considered and approved changes to the Constitution to allow for regional organisations to become Full members. These changes were presented to the Full members of IBE for their consideration and decision.
A majority of Full Members approved the Constitutional Amendement by ballot prior or during the IBE General Assembly on 1st July in Budapest.