IDF is an umbrella organisation representing over 240 national diabetes associations across 160 countries and territories. At the heart of the diabetes community, IDF Members play a crucial role in shaping the activities of the Federation.

IDF membership is open to individuals and to national or transnational associations that promote actions to prevent diabetes, improve diabetes outcomes and support the interests of people living with diabetes.

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Five reasons to become an IDF Member

  1. Belong to a strong global community
  2. Network with peers from around the world
  3. Learn to become a powerful advocate for your organisation and region
  4. Access and share research and developments
  5. Impact research, industry and policy

Individual membership

As an IDF Individual Member, you will join a global network of individuals committed to improving the lives of people living with diabetes and preventing diabetes in those at risk. IDF membership also provides a platform for collaboration, learning and influencing policy at the national, regional and international levels. The fee for individual membership is 100 Euros per year.

Association membership

With voting rights at IDF General Assemblies and Regional Council Meetings and the exclusive opportunity to nominate IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes, IDF Member Associations actively contribute to the development of our strategy and activities.

There are currently two IDF member association categories:

  • Full Member: a non-governmental, not-for-profit association that actively addresses diabetes and related conditions in their country and is registered or established under their country’s national law.
  • Transnational Member: a non-governmental, not-for-profit association actively concerned with diabetes and related conditions in more than one country.

All applicants must fulfil specific criteria. There are 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 may not become an IDF Member.
  • Be legally registered for at least three 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 three 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 a most recent annual report, including a financial statement.
  • 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 should 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.

Before applying for association membership, please check the number of existing members in your country. There is a limit of five member organisations per country.

Interested in becoming an IDF member association?

If your association/organisation is interested in applying for IDF Membership, please complete the form below, and we will get back to you with all the essential details. Please review the membership criteria listed above before submitting the form.

Submissions from commercial/for-profit organisations will NOT be considered.