• The applicant must be a legally constituted and not-for-profit non-governmental organisation and/or network. (IDPC will consider applications from non-legally constituted networks on a case-by-case basis). Applicants must be independent entities, and not chapters or sub-sections of a larger body.
  • Applications from organisations that represent – or receive the majority of their funding from – industries for alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals or other drugs will be referred to the Members’ Advisory Council for review. If there is potential for an organisation’s views to be adversely impacted by vested interests, and that this could undermine the work of the Consortium, then the application will be rejected.
  • The applicant must have a demonstrable track record in a policy field relevant to national, regional and international drug policy.
  • The applicant’s work must have national, regional or international geographical coverage. However, IDPC will consider applications from sub-national organisations on a case-by-case basis.
  • New applicants must add to the geographic and thematic coverage of the Consortium. Applications from organisations from countries or specific fields of interest that are already represented in the network may be referred to the Members’ Advisory Council to ensure that the membership remains balanced.
  • The applicant must agree not to bring IDPC into disrepute.
  • The applicant must agree to disseminate the open access information it receives from IDPC to the relevant stakeholders with whom it is in contact.
  • The applicant must fully support and embrace IDPC’s Vision and Mission, and also the following five Policy Principles:
      1. Drug policies should be developed through a structured and objective assessment of priorities and evidence.
      2. All activities should be undertaken in full compliance with international human rights law.
      3. Drug policies should focus on reducing the harmful consequences rather than the scale of drug use and markets.
      4. Policy and activities should seek to promote the social inclusion of marginalised groups, and not focus on punitive measures towards them.
      5. Governments should build open and constructive relationships with civil society in the discussion and delivery of their strategies.

All applications for membership must be approved by the current IDPC partner members.