Membership types

  • Full ASAS member

Full ASAS membership is provided for experts with an established record in the field of spondyloarthritis. Full members receive all mailing and information from the ASAS Executive Committee, are entitled to attend ASAS meetings and events and are able to vote in general meetings, to propose new projects, to participate in existing ASAS activities and to be elected in the ASAS Executive Committee. Full members are also included in voting processes and Delphi exercises. Full membership needs to be renewed every five years.

  • Associate ASAS member

 Associate members are either trainees in rheumatology or those persons who are developing a scientific record in the study of spondyloarthritis. Associate members are receiving all mailing and information from the ASAS Executive Committee, are entitled to attend ASAS meetings and events, and to participate in existing ASAS activities including some Delphi exercises. They do not have the ability to conduct independent research projects within ASAS, and are not able to vote in general meetings. Associate membership can be upgraded to a full membership after 2 years or extended for another 2 years (only once) if the upgrade criteria are not fulfilled.

New applications

Criteria for a new application for the ASAS membership are:

  • Full ASAS member candidates

1) Authorship of at least 3 publications in the area of spondyloarthritis, published in peer reviewed journals in English during the last 5 years.

2) Letters of support from two current full ASAS members.

  •  Associate ASAS member candidates

1) Authorship of at least 1 publication in the area of spondyloarthritis, published in peer reviewed journal in English during the last 5 years.

2) Letters of support from two current full ASAS members.

3) Associate member candidates must also name a ‘mentor’ who will be overseeing their scientific development during the associate membership time.

 

Please submit your application via the online application form.

Membership renewal

Criteria for the prolongation of ASAS membership are:

  • Full ASAS members

1) attendance of at least 3 annual meetings and participation in ASAS activities (surveys and studies) over the last 5 years and

2) authorship in at least 3 publications in the area of spondyloarthritis, published in peer reviewed journals in English during the last 5 years.

  • Associate ASAS members

1) a letter of support from the previously mentioned mentor.

 

All current members with the expiring membership will be contacted by email to identify their continued interest in ASAS, and to defend their membership status in case the criteria for renewal are not being met. If no response received or members are not able or unwilling to defend their membership, their membership will expire, they will be taken out of the member list and will not further be included in the mailing list.

Membership upgrade

For upgrade of associate to full membership the following is required:

1) Authorship in at least 3 publications in the area of spondyloarthritis, published in peer reviewed journals in English in the past 5 year.

2) A letter of support of previously named ‘mentor’ submitted together with the application for membership upgrade.

 

Please submit your upgrade request using the application form.

Decisions

Applications for a new membership are reviewed by the Executive Committee (usually at ASAS Meetings adjacent to EULAR, ACR Annual Meeting or International Congress on Spondyloarthritis in Gent and at ASAS annual meeting in January). Deadline for membership applications are May 15, October 15, and December 15 each calendar year.

Number of members

The number of members is currently not limited.

Costs

ASAS membership is provided free of charge.

Policy on Employees of pharmaceutical companies

Persons in industry may not apply for membership outside that included in the Corporate Partner Program.