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1. Membership of the Society

The following categories of “effective members” are defined: 

  • Ordinary membership: This membership applies to physicians, biologists, clinical embryologists, psychologists, sociologists, epidemiologists, scientists and all persons showing interest in reproductive medicine and biology, with the exception of those who fall under the categories listed below.
  • Paramedical membership: Persons that are eligible for this membership category are persons working alongside doctors and scientists providing holistic treatments for couples undergoing fertility investigations and treatments, including nurses, midwives, and also including laboratory technicians and clinical embryologists (excluding senior embryologists i.e. those that hold a PhD or MSc in Natural Sciences)
  • Student membership: This membership category applies to individuals who are conducting post-graduate research or follow a clinical study to obtain a degree in medicine or sciences.
  • Life membership: This membership is bestowed upon Honorary Members and any other individual who might be granted this special recognition by the Executive Committee.

Membership fees are applicable to an annual review and thus can change every year. Membership fees are discussed during the spring meeting of the Executive Committee and are to be ratified by the Annual General Assembly of Members.

As a rule, membership fees are payable on an annual basis. However, members can – if they should wish to do so – pay membership fees 3 years ahead.

The Executive Committee has the responsibility to expel members who: 

  • Fail to pay their membership dues;
  • Have conducted research in an unethical way;
  • Have treated patients in an unethical way;
  • Have damaged the reputation of ESHRE, its members, officers, or employees by making unjustified allegations or other serious causes which may damage the reputation of the society or which are against the principles and policies of the society.


The membership list is the sole property of the Society. The list of members’ names and contact details will not be extended to third parties (commercial or other).
ESHRE will elect two Honorary Members on the occasion of its Annual Meeting. The Honorary Membership is bestowed to individuals in recognition of their outstanding work in the field of reproductive medicine and science.
As a general rule Honorary Members should preferably be retired, and exceptions can be made in the event that there are no appropriate (i.e. retired) candidates.

The Local Organizing Committee of the Annual Meeting can propose names of possible national/local candidates for the Honorary Membership. Such proposals need to be approved by the Executive Committee and subsequently ratified by the Annual General Assembly of Members. The Executive Committee itself will propose the so called “international” Honorary Member , and in the event that there is no suitable “national” candidate proposed by the Local Organising Committee, the Executive Committee will select a second candidate. All proposals for Honorary Member candidates should be submitted in writing and should include: 

  • Name of the proposed HM
  • Major scientific/clinical achievement(s)
  • Major publications
  • Special contributions to ESHRE
  • Recommendation


Honorary Members will receive the journals electronically free of charge and they will receive a life-time membership by default and free attendance to all Annual Meetings following their nomination.