Membership

The EBAA offers membership to not-for-profit organizations that recover, process, store, evaluate, determine donor eligibility or distribute ocular and corneal tissue for transplantation and research. Organizations wishing to apply for membership should submit an application for Associate (Unaccredited) Limited or Comprehensive Membership.

Categories of Membership

The following outlines the details of the categories of membership for the Association, per the Constitution & Bylaws.

1. Active (Accredited) Comprehensive U.S. Membership. An eye bank (or group of eye banks organized and operated as a single legal entity) is eligible for Active U.S. Membership if it (or in the case of a group, each of its members): (1) is organized under the laws of a state of the United States and is an organization exempt from federal taxation under Sections 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code, or another provision deemed analogous by the Association; (2) provides evidence satisfactory to the Association that it has substantial support among the medical and ophthalmological communities; (3) has successfully completed the Association's accreditation process; (4) is not currently suspended or terminated from Association membership as the result of a finding of unethical conduct under the Association's Code of Ethics; and (5) pays the required dues.
2. Active (Accredited) Limited U.S. Membership. An eye bank (or entity(ies) performing limited eye bank activities or a group of eye banks) which performs a limited number of eye banking activities is eligible for Active (Accredited) Limited U.S. Membership if it: (1) is organized under the laws of a state of the United States and is an organization exempt from federal taxation under Sections 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code, or another provision deemed analogous by the Association; (2) provides evidence satisfactory to the Association that it has substantial support among the medical and ophthalmological communities; (3) has successfully completed the Association's accreditation process for those eye banking activities it performs; (4) is not currently suspended or terminated from Association membership as the result of a finding of unethical conduct under the Association's Code of Ethics; and (5) pays the required dues.
3. Associate (Unaccredited) U.S. Membership. An eye bank (or entity(ies) performing limited eye bank activities or a group of eye banks) is eligible for Associate (Unaccredited) U.S. Membership if it meets all the requirements for Active (Accredited) Comprehensive or, alternatively, Active (Accredited) Limited U.S. Membership except that it has not yet met or does not currently meet the Association's requirements for accreditation.
4. Active (Accredited) Comprehensive International Membership. An eye bank (or group of eye banks) located outside the United States is eligible for Active (Accredited) Comprehensive International Membership if it meets the requirements substantially equivalent to those for Active (Accredited) Comprehensive U.S. Membership, except that it is organized as a charitable, educational or social welfare organization under applicable law of a foreign nation or political subdivision thereof.
5. Active (Accredited) Limited International Membership. An eye bank (or entity(ies) performing limited eye bank activities or a group of eye banks) located outside the United States is eligible for Active (Accredited) Limited International Membership if it meets the requirements substantially equivalent to those for Active (Accredited) Limited U.S. Membership, except that it is organized as a charitable, educational or social welfare organization under applicable law of a foreign nation or political subdivision thereof.
6. Associate (Unaccredited) International Membership. An eye bank (or entity(ies) performing limited eye bank activities) located outside the United States is eligible for Associate (Unaccredited) International Membership if it meets all the criteria for Active (Accredited) Comprehensive or, alternatively, Active (Accredited) Limited International Membership except that it has not yet met or does not currently meet the Association's requirements for accreditation.

Rights and Privileges of Membership

No eye bank or group of banks may assess dues or adopt policies on behalf of the EBAA, or purport to speak for the Association, without the prior written consent of the Association Chair, or President acting in their capacities of Chairman and President, respectively.
  • Active (Accredited) Comprehensive U.S. Members, through their representative(s), shall have the right to (1) attend the annual meeting, (2) receive information on Association activities and developments affecting the field of eye banking which may be sent to members periodically by the Association, (3) have voting delegates allocated to them in accordance with Section 3.2, and vote at the annual meeting or at other times when members properly are permitted to vote hereunder; (4) nominate candidates for, and themselves serve in, officer and director positions, (5) serve as voting members of Committees and Boards of the Association, and (6) receive such other benefits, if any, as may be determined by the Board.
  • Active (Accredited) Limited U.S. Members, through their representative(s), shall have all rights of Active (Accredited) Comprehensive U.S. Members as set forth in Section 2.4 A.
  • Associate (Unaccredited) U.S. Members shall have those rights specified for Active (Accredited) Comprehensive U.S. Members except those set forth under Section 2.4.A(3), (4) and (5).
  • Active (Accredited) Comprehensive International Members, through their representative(s), shall have all rights of active U.S. Members set forth in Section 2.4.A.
  • Active (Accredited) Limited International Members, through their representative(s), shall have all rights of Active (Accredited) Comprehensive International Members as set forth in Section 2.4 A.
  • Associate (Unaccredited) International Members, through their representative(s), shall have those rights specified for Active (Accredited) Comprehensive U.S. Members except those set forth under Section 2.4.A (3), (4) and (5).

Contributors

EBAA Contributors must not recover, process, screen or distribute ocular tissue for transplantation, education and/or research. Designation as an EBAA Contributor is available to organizations (other than eye banks) that wish to support the Association. EBAA Contributors have the opportunity to attend EBAA meetings, receive information on Association activities and developments affecting the field of eye banking and participate as non-voting members of EBAA committees.

Application for EBAA Contributors