The International Bureau for Epilepsy was founded in Rome in 1961 and its first Constitution was adopted on 15th September 1966. Amendments were made to the Constitution in 1978, 1985, 1993, 1997 and 1999.
A major review of the Constitution was carried out by the IBE Constitutional Review Task Force during 2003/2004, which was approved by a ballot of the IBE General Assembly in December 2004 and adopted in January 2005. This was amended on 1st July 2009 to allow for the introduction of Regional Membership.
The current Constitution, which was drafted following careful consideration by a Task Force that worked over the period of two years from 2014 to 2015, was adopted following approval by the IBE General Assembly at its meeting in Istanbul in September 2015. The major change was the introduction of staggering of terms on the International Executive Committee to ensure continuity of expertise and experience on the committee.