Membership Application Process

Any application for membership must be made by completing the IFBSO application form and submit it to the Secretariat, which will process the application accordingly. The joining fee for new members is GBP 1,000.00 (Sterling), to be paid on application, of which 50% is to be returned if the application for membership is not accepted.

The Secretariat will consult members in the country of the applicant and will also consult ICOMIA before submitting an application for membership to the Executive Committee for consideration.

If appropriate, new potential members shall receive a visit of the relevant show – subject to submitting an application form and paying the application fee - by a member of the Executive Committee or by a third party appointed by the Executive Committee. This visit (travel and accommodation) is to be paid for by the applicant – travel time up to 4 hours in Standard, travel over 4 hours in Business Class; accommodation in 4-star hotel or higher. After compilation and distribution of a show visit report to the Executive Committee members, they will vote upon the acceptance of the application and membership classification at the next meeting.

Notification of membership acceptance will be sent by email following the meeting and membership will commence immediately.

This procedure is not applicable to potential Candidate Members who, after submitting an application form and paying the application fee, will be assigned a Mentor and undergo a three-year mentoring programme after which time the Executive Committee will decide on acceptance of the Show Member into one of the higher (silver) membership categories.

A new member must send a representative to the first Congress after admission into membership, and thereafter must send a representative to Congress at least every third year in accordance the IFBSO Constitution.

The criteria for and classes of membership may be amended from time to time by the IFBSO Executive Committee.