Membership Application Form

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Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of IAPO! 

Please check that your organization meets the criteria for Full, Associate or Network Membership before submitting a form. Applications for Affiliated Membership shall be done via their parent umbrella group or alliance via a specific form.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us via membership@iapo.org.uk

Guide to application process and form


This form consists of four sections: PART A. Details of your Organization; PART B. Details of your IAPO Representatives; PART C. Type of Membership and Supporting Documents; and PART D. Declaration.


Please complete all sections in English, and upload all supporting documents in English.


1.    IAPO will confirm receipt of your application and documents within two weeks.

2.  We will review your application, and may ask for additional information and/or documents before sending it to IAPO’s Membership Committee, which assesses it according to IAPO’s Statutes and Bylaws. 

3. The Committee can: i) approve the application subject to the payment of the membership fee (Full and Associate Members only), ii) request further information and documents, or iii) reject the 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.

4. If the application is approved, and membership fees are i) paid after we contact you and send an invoice or ii) waived (Full and Associate Membership only), you can start enjoying all the benefits of becoming an IAPO member.


If you have any queries regarding the membership process or supporting documents, please contact us via email on membership@iapo.org.uk.


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PART A. Details of your Organization 







please choose one e.g. LOCAL: London, NATIONAL: UK, REGIONAL: Europe, INTERNATIONAL

Please provide a brief summary of what your organization does, its primary focus and work areas, and who you represent.




e.g. 50000

e.g. 50000











PART B. Details of your IAPO Representatives


The IAPO Representatives should be the people we can liaise with when communicating with your organization. Whilst you may put your Chief Executive as the IAPO Representative, please consider carefully if he or she will have sufficient time to respond to our communications. You may alternatively wish to put down the name of a member of the governing body, or a senior manager involved in external affairs, policy, collaboration or another appropriate area.

 

In giving us their details, these people agree to:

 

• Receive annual renewal invoices.

• Respond to consultations where relevant for your organization.

• Represent your organization at IAPO’s General Assembly.

• Receive communications from IAPO.


IAPO Representative 1






IAPO Representative 2








If anyone else in your organization would like to receive newsletters, please give their details below.






PART C. Membership Category and Supporting Documents

IAPO has four categories of Membership: Full, Associate, Network and Affiliated. 


Please check below the criteria and correspondent supporting documents for Full, Associate and Network Membership, and tick below which category you are applying for. 


Applications for Affiliated Membership shall be done via their parent umbrella group or alliance via a specific form. 


If you have any questions, please get in touch with us via membership@iapo.org.uk.

  

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Membership Criteria 


1. The organization must be non-profit and non-governmental.

2. The organization must have a legal status appropriate to the country of origin.

3. The organization may be an international, regional, national or local organization, or an umbrella group.

4. The organization must demonstrate commitment to patients and the principle of patient-centred healthcare.

5. [FULL MEMBERS ONLY] The organization must be patient-driven: the needs and views of patients drive the organization’s strategy, policies and activities in a significant way.


[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. 

 

[1] We define patient representatives as “patients’ organization representatives, family members or carers”. Examples of patient representatives are a parent of someone with cystic fibrosis, or the spouse of someone with Alzheimer’s Disease.



Documents in English

Membership Category

Full

Associate

Affiliated

Network

1. Legal Registration Certificate. If no appropriate legal status exists in the country, this criterion may be waived at the discretion of the IAPO Governing Board.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

2. 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. Typically the organization’s mission will be to respond to the needs of patients in a specific geographical or disease area, supporting and representing them.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

3. 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.

Yes

Yes

N/A

N/A

4. A letter or statement which explains how the organization ensures that it is patient driven, and is capable of representing the needs and views of these patients. Full Members must demonstrate that they use at least one of the following methods:

o   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.

o   The majority of the organization’s governing body are patients, patient representatives, or representatives of patients’ organizations.

o   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.

Yes

N/A

N/A

N/A

5. If the applicant is an umbrella organization, a full list of member organizations.

If applicable

If applicable

If applicable

If applicable

6. If the applicant wishes to have their fees waived for 1 year, a completed/filled in Fee Waiver Form.

If applicable

If applicable

N/A

N/A






Please note that you must provide supporting documentation specified below to be considered for membership.








PART D. Declaration 

By submitting this application you are agreeing to your organization’s details being kept on IAPO’s database. We will not share any information about your organization (apart from the publicly-available information on our website) with anyone else without your permission.  

I confirm that I have the appropriate authorisation to submit this application on behalf of the named organization; and that to the best of my knowledge, the information on this application form, and within the supporting documentation, is accurate.   

I also confirm that the named organization is committed to patients and the principle of patient-centred healthcare; and is eligible to be a Member, as defined.