Criteria and Expectations
To be eligible for membership in the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), organizations must:
- Be a not-for-profit society or association.
- Be composed of ophthalmologists and others who work with ophthalmologists, or be composed of ophthalmological societies or ophthalmic organizations.
- Have regular election of officers.
- Hold regular governing board meetings.
- Be willing to pay ICO dues and name an official Representative to participate in the ICO General Assembly every two years.
- Support the goals and programs of the ICO.
- Be approved by the ICO.
National ophthalmologic societies must also:
- Represent ophthalmologists primarily in one country, and
- Be the primary or one of the primary ophthalmologic societies in that country.
Subspecialty and related societies must also:
- Represent ophthalmologists in a subspecialty or other area of interest closely tied to ophthalmology (e.g., ophthalmic education or research).
- Have a substantial international membership, preferably at least 100 members.
- Sponsor regular meetings that attract an audience from many countries.
- Have a substantial international membership, preferably at least 100 members, with at least 40% of members practicing outside of society’s home country.
The ICO expects all Members to:
- Provide input into ICO policies, programs, and initiatives.
- Name an official Representative (preferably an officer who will have some continuity) to participate the ICO General Assembly at the World Ophthalmology Congress® every two years.
- Name an Advocate to work with the ICO on advocacy issues.
- Pay dues of 3.3 CHF (Swiss francs) per member per year.
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