To be eligible for associate membership, an MS organisations will:

  • provide reliable and evidence-based information and advice to the MS community
  • be independent of, and institutionally separated from, government, political parties and private companies
  • be working towards adherence to the MS International Federation’s guidelines on non-funding relationships with healthcare companies
  • work nationally – associate members will be working towards representing (whether directly or indirectly) all regions and/or major towns and cities in the country, ideally incorporating a network of local or regional chapters/branches/offices/clubs
  • represent people affected by and interested in MS through a structure of individual membership (in exceptional circumstances, organisations without an individual membership structure will be eligible to apply for associate membership, provided they meet all the other criteria)
  • be legally incorporated and registered with the relevant national authority (where such exists) as a not for profit[1] (charitable, voluntary, public welfare or similar) organisation with a suitable governing document (constitution /byelaws/memorandum and articles of association/charter/statutes or similar) (Not for profit means not returning profits to the board, staff or members but ‘investing’ surplus funds back into the activities of the organisation)
  • keep accurate annual records of its income and expenditure, and have the records open for inspection by an independent auditor and available to the MS International Federation
  • work to a professional standard – associate members will employ at least one paid staff member devoted to the day-to-day management of the organisation, or otherwise operate to a professional standard
  • be self-governing and elect a board of trustees that will meet regularly and be responsible for the constitutional operation of the organisation
  • involve some degree of voluntary participation which includes having a committed volunteer board of trustees
  • aim to develop a medical and scientific board (or equivalent) comprised of leaders in the MS field, including the country’s recognised neurologists and scientists
  • accept and abide by the MS International Federation’s articles of association
  • ensure regular availability of an English-speaking person, with access to email and telephone/Skype to ensure full communication with MS International Federation staff and other member organisations
  • make a contribution to the MS International Federation’s annual budget through the payment of membership dues.
  • acknowledge their active support of, and willingness to participate in, the fulfilment of the MS International Federation’s vision, mission, aims and objectives. All member organisations are responsible for assuring their cooperation and support for agreed joint projects and programmes of mutual benefit to the MS International Federation and its members.

 

A group of people in Romania pose for a photo on World MS Day

World MS Day 2014 in Romania

A group of people in Romania dacning on World MS Day

World MS Day in Romania

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