Regions and members

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is divided into seven regions, with the aim of strengthening the work of national diabetes associations and enhancing collaboration between them. IDF's network of members in 161 countries and territories provides an authoritative global voice, working to ensure that the needs of all people affected by diabetes are met so that each can live their lives as unhindered by the disease as possible.

Our membership includes people with diabetes and those at risk; families affected by diabetes; governments; health professionals; pharmaceutical and other industries; education and research institutions; employers; and the wider community.

Click a region below to learn more about our regions and members

Join IDF

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

IDF has two Membership categories:

Full Members

A Full Member is a non-governmental, not-for-profit association that is actively concerned with diabetes and related conditions in its country, and is registered or established under its national law.

Transnational Members

A Transnational Member is a non-governmental, not-for-profit association that is actively concerned with diabetes and related conditions in more than one country.

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).

Organisations applying for membership must meet the following Primary Criteria:

  • Be actively involved in diabetes care and prevention.
  • Be a not-for-profit organisation or federation of such organisations. A private sector, commercial or business organisation cannot become a member of IDF.
  • Be legally registered for a minimum period of operation of 3 years (a valid Registration Certificate must be provided). In cases where political changes preclude the candidate from providing the required documentation of legal registration for at least 3 years, the Board of Directors may in exceptional circumstances accept other proof of dedicated service for people with diabetes for three or more years.
  • Have a Constitution/Articles of Association (or equivalent).
  • Have a postal address.
  • Have a Board/Governing body.
  • Provide an annual activity report.
  • Prove financial capacity (solvent and capable of paying applicable membership fee).
  • Have a funding base that is ethically appropriate and aligned with IDF's business and industry guidelines.
  • Have settled any previously unpaid fees and/or other obligations towards IDF.

In addition to the Primary Criteria listed above, organisations applying for IDF membership would also ideally meet the following Secondary Criteria :

  • Be a non-discriminatory entity.
  • Be nominated by an IDF Full Member from the same Region.
  • Have a work focus that enhances/complements that of any existing IDF Member in the same country, and benefits members and people with or at risk of diabetes.

For more information about membership opportunities and to receive all the necessary documentation, please complete the online form on this page or contact

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