How to become a member
EORTC Associate Membership is individually managed within an institution. If an institution is qualified to participate in EORTC activities, then all potential investigators from that institution are welcome to join the research activities of any EORTC Group, if they have suitable experience. There is a swift process to decide upon EORTC membership.
Membership status is presented to the EORTC Board, which meets once per year, in a report issued by the membership secretariat.
The main criteria for individual membership are:
Adequate qualifications for the activity someone is applying for, documented by a signed and dated CV in English; for physicians, documented GCP training
Access to, and responsibility for patient care and/or work in a research environment related to cancer research (for example as a pathologist or basic scientist)
Main eligibility requirements for institutions:
Located within the European continent
Adequate infrastructure in place for conducting high-tech clinical trials
Adequate track record of participation in clinical research, both academic and industry-driven.
EORTC membership is not specific to a research field, which means investigators at EORTC-approved institutions can expand their activities to another EORTC disease type or modality group at any time.
Individuals interested in becoming members whose institution is not already recognised as part of the EORTC network should fill the membership application form and submit requested credentials.
A single hospital or university, and often even national research organisations, cannot fund extensive and comprehensive studies in the wide field of clinical research. This research is best done when medical scientists and clinicians join forces around patients’ needs in multidisciplinary, international efforts. EORTC occupies a unique space among independent clinical trial sponsors by harnessing a network of global experts, acting across a number of different cancer types.
The EORTC member network is organised into groups of scientists and clinicians, each with a specific area of interest in cancer research. They include clinical investigators, study coordinators, translational researchers and laboratory scientists. These groups conduct translational research and clinical trials on all types of cancer, using a multidisciplinary approach.
EORTC membership enables individual specialists within an institution to take part in EORTC clinical trials and EORTC groups meetings, conferences and training. Membership is granted based on personal and institutional track records, as well as specific criteria around research quality.