The WFPHA has five categories of Members:

Full Members

1. Full Members: National, multidisciplinary public health associations that meet the qualifications stated in the Federation's Constitution (Articles I, II, and III). Each country represented by one or more full member body shall have one vote on all matters to come before the Federation. National umbrella Public Health Associations can be Full members of the WFPHA, but may also apply for Sustaining membership. When a country is represented in the WFPHA by more than one full member, the one vote available is as a rule determined by consensus – either for each vote or by agreeing to a rotating schedule. Where needed, the Council can offer mediation between the involved members.

Newly accepted Full Members become eligible for membership in the Council and Committees and for organizing a World Congress on Public Health after one year of membership.

Associate Members

2. Associate Members: national associations or organizations that meet some but not all of the qualifications stated in the Federation's Constitution (Articles I, II, and III) and which could reapply for Full Members at some time in the future when they meet all the qualifications necessary for Full membership and at the Council’s discretion. The membership of Associate members is renewable every three years. Associate members pay dues but cannot vote. They can attend meetings as observers, are encouraged to participate on Federation Working groups and have access to all materials and information WFPHA may provide to its members.

Regional Members

3. Regional Members: Federations of national public health associations or of Schools of Public Health of a geographic region representing three or more countries. Regional members shall promote the objectives of WFPHA within their region. Regional members pay no dues (except for the possibility that they collect the dues of their national members for transfer to WFPHA), do not have voting rights and can attend meetings as observers and have access to all materials and information WFPHA may provide to its members. The Council can allow exceptions to this rule.

WFPHA aims at having regional members from all Regions, as follows:

Africa (AFPHA)

Americas (APHAA)

Eastern Mediterranean/Middle East

Europe (EUPHA)

South-East & Central Asia

Asia-Pacific

Sustaining Members

4. Sustaining Members: Organizations that do not meet the qualifications stated in the Federation's Constitution (Articles I, II, and III) but which endorse the principles of the Federation and desire to collaborate with it in reaching its objectives actively or through annual donations. Sustaining members are non-voting but pay dues or contribute services and can attend meetings as observers with access to all materials and information WFPHA may provide to its members. The membership of Sustaining members is renewable every three years.

Acceptable for Sustaining Membership are:

• International organizations covering a wide field within or relevant to public health

• International organizations covering a specific field within or relevant to public health

• National organizations other than Public Health Associations covering a wide field within public health

Not acceptable for Sustaining Membership are:

• National organizations covering a specific limited field within public health

Partners

5. Partners: international health-related federations/organizations that endorse the principles of the Federation, desire to collaborate with it and sign a mutual membership with the WFPHA. Mutual membership fees are waived for the partner and the WFPHA. The membership of Partners is renewable every three years. Partners has no voting rights but its members can attend meetings as observers, are encouraged to participate on Federation Working groups and have access to all materials and information WFPHA may provide to its members. 

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