How to become a member

A national or international association that is addressing issues relating to diabetes and associated conditions can apply for membership of IDF.

All applicants must fulfill certain criteria. These criteria are divided into Primary criteria (minimum requirements for membership – if not met, the application will not succeed) and Secondary criteria (desirable criteria which applicants would ideally meet).

Primary Membership Criteria

Organisations applying for membership must meet the following criteria:

  • Actively involved in diabetes care and prevention
  • Not-for-profit
  • Legally registered/recognized in the respective countries
    • Organisations must have been legally registered for a minimum period of operation of 5 years
    • Organisations must have a Constitution/Articles of Association (or equivalent)
    • Organisations must have a physical address
    • Organisations must have a valid registration certificate/recognition
  • Non-governmental
  • An elected Board/Governing body
  • Annual report received
  • Financial capacity: solvent and capable of paying applicable membership fee
  • Minimum 60 individual members
  • National organisation (ie operating within one country and not internationally or in more than one country)
  • Based in/operating out of country/territory named (ie an organisation cannot work in a country but be based/registered in another)

Secondary Membership Criteria

Ideally organisations applying for IDF membership would meet the following desirable criteria in addition to the Primary Membership Criteria above:

  • Gender balance in governing body (ie equal numbers of women and men)
  • Applicant Organization is nominated by an IDF Full Member from the same Region
  • Balanced membership (medical/allied healthcare professionals/non healthcare persons)
  • Work focus:
    • enhances/complements that of any existing IDF Member Associations in the same country
    • benefits members and people with/at risk of diabetes
  • No conflict/duality of interest with pharmaceutical/medical industry/other related industries
  • Funding base must be ethically appropriate (eg should not take funding from tobacco industry)

To apply for Membership, please write to or complete the online form below in order to receive the application form and all necessary information to submit your application.