Please check that your organization meets the criteria for membership before submitting an application. New applications take 6-8 weeks to process, and IAPO Secretariat will update applying organizations in due course regarding each step. If you need any support with your membership application, please contact us.   


Step 1: Applying organizations submit their application and supporting documents via the online form. Please note that applications for Affiliated Membership shall be done via their parent umbrella group or alliance via a specific form. 


Step 2: Complete application is reviewed by the IAPO Secretariat, who can i) request further documents and information from the applying organization, or ii) send it to the IAPO Membership Committee for approval.  


Step 3: IAPO Membership Committee assesses application and can: i) approve it subject to the payment of the membership fee (Full and Associate Members only), ii) request further information and documents from the applying organization, or iii) reject application. At this stage, the Committee also assesses Fee Waiver requests (Full and Associate Members only). Please note that the approval of the membership application doesn’t automatically approve the Fee Waiver request.


Step 4: If the application is approved, and membership fees paid or waived (Full and Associate Membership only), organization can start enjoying all the benefits of becoming an IAPO member.


List of documents to submit in support of your application

Organizations applying for Full and Associate Membership must provide the supporting documentation in their application form:

  1. Legal Registration Certificate.
  2. Most recent set of audited Accounts OR statement from their accountants OR, for organizations with an income of less than USD 100,000, IAPO’s Organizational Annual Income Statement Form.
  3. If the applicant is an umbrella organization, a full list of members.
  4. Written evidence of commitment to patients and the principle of patient-centred healthcare, for example a statement, letter, strategic plan, mission and vision, or Bylaws and constitution.
  5. [Full Membership applications only] A letter or statement which explains how the organization ensures that it is patient driven. Full Members must demonstrate that they use at least one of the following methods:

- The majority of the organization’s voting rights to nominate and elect the governing body of the organization are held by patients (1), patient representatives (2), or representatives of patients’ organizations.
- The majority of the organization’s governing body are patients, patient representatives, or representatives of patients’ organizations.
- The organization’s strategy, policies, and activities are driven by, and represent, patient’s needs and views. Patients and patient representatives may in addition support and drive the organization financially through voluntary contributions. 

(1) We define a patient as “a person with any chronic disease, illness, syndrome, impairment or disability”. We aim to be representative of all patients regardless of gender, race, class, culture, religion or belief, age, sexuality, lifestyle or degree of able-bodiedness.
(2) We define patient representatives as “patients’ organization representatives, family members or carers”.


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