European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society

Membership Categories

EPOS MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES

a) ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP

To be considered for active membership the Executive Committee must be satisfied that the proposed member contributes to paediatric orthopaedic surgery in the fields of clinical practice, research or education. Members must reside and work either in European countries or those which border the Mediterranean. Election to membership is subject to approval by the General Assembly. Each active member has full voting rights at the General Assembly. Active members will pay normal membership dues.

b) CORRESPONDING MEMBERSHIP

Corresponding membership is open to paediatric orthopaedic surgeons residing outside the larger European Community, which in this context includes those countries that border the Mediterranean. Corresponding members should have made significant contributions to paediatric orthopaedics. They will pay the normal membership dues and are entitled to vote. They are not, however, eligible for Board election.

c) ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Associate membership is open to others who are not paediatric orthopaedic surgeons. The Executive Committee must be satisfied that these members make a significant contribution to paediatric musculoskeletal diseases in clinical, research or teaching fields. Election to membership is subject to approval by the General Assembly. Associate members will pay the normal membership dues and are entitled to vote. They are not, however, eligible for Board election.

d) CANDIDATE MEMBERSHIP

Candidate membership is open to those who are still in training and/or not qualified in paediatric orthopaedic surgery according to the relevant rules of their own country. They must produce evidence of their standing to the Executive Committee. Their election will be confirmed by the General Assembly. Candidate members will pay a reduced membership fee (50% of the active membership fee). They have no vote and are not eligible for Board election. The duration of candidate membership is limited to five years. On completion of their training they may apply for active or corresponding membership of the society.

e) EMERITUS MEMBERSHIP

At the age of 65 years Active and Corresponding members are eligible for emeritus status. A member may request transfer to emeritus status following retirement or ill health. Emeritus members will pay no membership dues but will continue to receive Society information. They are entitled to vote at the General Assembly. They are not eligible for Board election.

f) HONORARY MEMBERSHIP

Honorary members will be elected by the General Assembly. Recommendations for Honorary membership should be made to the Executive Committee. Five co-signatories should support the application for Honorary membership. Honorary members will be chosen from Active, Corresponding or Emeritus members of EPOS and internationally recognised personalities who have given distinguished service to paediatric orthopaedic surgery. They will be excused from paying membership dues. They are entitled to vote at the General Assembly. They are not eligible for Board election, unless they are active members.