Open to National Orthoptic Associations who meet the following criteria:
- have been in existence for a minimum of three (3) years
- have no nationally recognised training school
- have a training programme that is considered to be below the acceptable established standard recognised by the IOA for full membership
- who fulfil the criteria for full membership but are unable to meet the financial obligations and special attendance duties of full membership
Associate member countries hold no voting privileges on the IOA council. They are required to nominate one of their members as a liaison with the council, this member may attend council meetings as an observer. The observer is permitted to speak to agenda topics; members of the associate member country have the right to vote at the AGM.
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