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Membership FAQ

  1. What are the benefits of joining IFOAM – Organics International?
  2. How can I apply to join IFOAM – Organics International?
  3. What is the difference between a Member, an Associate and a Supporter?
  4. How can I show my customers/stakeholders that I am a member?
  5. How is the annual membership fee calculated?
  6. How can I pay my membership fee?
  7. How can I cancel my membership?
  8. How can I advertise in the online membership directory?

1. What are the benefits of joining IFOAM - Organics International?

When you join IFOAM - Organics International you

When you join IFOAM - Organics International you


When you join IFOAM – Organics International, you join hundreds of organizations from around the world. Together, we have a stronger voice and can build a more sustainable world!

2. How can I apply to join IFOAM – Organics International?

To join IFOAM – Organics International, you need to fill in the online application form or complete the paper version and send it to membership@ifoam.bio. You can submit your application at any time throughout the year.

Your application is complete after being approved by the Executive Director of IFOAM – Organics International, and once you have paid the membership fee and one-off registration fee. The registration fee is 80€. This covers the costs of processing the application and assessing the application against the membership criteria.

3. What is the difference between a Member, an Associate and a Supporter?

To be a Member, more than 50% of your organization’s budget/turnover/activities must be related to organic agriculture. In line with the definition of organic agriculture, this is based on the principles of organic agriculture, rather than certification.
If less than 50% of your activities are related to organic agriculture, you may join as an Associate.

Members have voting rights at our General Assembly, which takes place every three years. Associates do not have voting rights, but they enjoy all other membership benefits.
Supporters are individuals, while Members and Associates are organisations. All three categories together are called Affiliates.

4. How can I show my customers/stakeholders that I am a member?

We encourage you to show you are a member of IFOAM – Organics International. You can use this emblem on your:

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Please note that the emblem must not be used on products.

The IFOAM – Organics International logo must not be used on products (a product mark) nor in any communication material unless specifically authorized by us.

A special agreement must be signed before you make reference to IFOAM – Organics International on event related material. We have a range of options for promotion of participating in events. You can see these event package options here.

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5. How is the annual membership fee calculated?

The membership year runs from January to December, and the invoices for the upcoming year are sent out every December.

The annual membership fee is determined by the General Assembly and is cal¬culated according to the organization’s turnover/ budget related to organic activities.

Budget / turnover Annual Fee
< 50.000 € 100 €
< 200.000 € 300 €
< 800.000 € 1000 €
< 2.000.000 € 2000 €
< 5.000.000 € 3000 €
> 5.000.000 € 4000 €

The annual fee for supporters is 100 €, for individuals with non-regular income 50 € per year. The fee for students is 20 € per year.

If we receive your fee payment by February 20th, you’ll get a special reduction, the Early Bird Fee. The details of the Early Bird Fee are specified on the invoice.
Individuals or organizations that join from January-June pay the full membership fee; those joining after July only pay half of the annual fee.

6. How can I pay my membership fee?

The membership fee can be paid via bank transfer, PayPal, credit card or cash. For more information please refer to your invoice.

7. How can I cancel my membership?

Your membership is renewed automatically each year. You can terminate your membership at any time by sending a written notice of termination to membership@ifoam.bio. Please note that any affiliation fees you have already paid are non-refundable upon membership termination.

8. How can I advertise in the online membership directory?

IFOAM - Organics International advertising rates 2019 (online directory)

Category # of banners Normal Rate
3 months
Rate for Affiliates
3 months
Normal Rate
12 months
Rate for Affiliates
12 months
# of Affiliates
per country
Entry Page 1 500 300 1.500 750
All Regions 6 500 300 1.500 750
One Region 1 300 180 900 450
One Country 1 125 75 400 200 > 15
One Country 1 100 60 300 150 < 14 > 5
One Country 1 70 50 200 100 < 4

Book your banner for 2019 now and get 3 months of free advertising in the directory until the end of 2018!

Please contact membership@ifoam.bio for bookings.