Become a full member

Are you part of an NGO working to protect the environment? Does your organisation share our mission to defend environmental interests in the development of standards and product policies? Would you like to gain access to a range of exclusive benefits and opportunities? Have a look at what the ECOS full membership package entails:

In addition to networking and visibility opportunities and access to updates on standardisation developments, full members benefit from exclusive trainings, tailor-made workshops and the possibility to shape the ECOS work programme through the right to vote at the General Assembly. We also cover travel and accommodation costs when our full members come to ECOS events and trainings. For a detailed list of membership benefits, see below!

The membership application process is easy and quick. If you meet our eligibility criteria you can simply send us the application form together with the documents requested below. Your application will then be considered by our Executive Committee.

Our Membership Officer will be happy to answer any questions concerning our membership packages (in English, French, German and Italian). Get in touch with Pia Cencig at


Full Membership Package - what's in it?

  INVITATIONS TO ECOS EVENTS AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY   With travel and accommodation expenses covered by ECOS.

     FREE ACCESS TO ECOS ANNUAL STANDARDISATION TRAINING & A TAILOR-MADE NATIONAL WORKSHOP   ECOS can cover travel and accommodation expenses for the ECOS annual training & help co-organise and fund a national workshop on standardisation in your country.

  SHAPING THE ORGANISATION & WORK PROGRAMME   The right to vote at the General Assembly & the possibility to join one of our task forces.

     INFORMATION UPDATES FROM THE HEART OF EUROPE   ECOS Secretariat will update members on developments in European and international standardisation on a regular basis via the monthly Newsletter, direct mailings, social media and website, including a Members Area.

  EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO MEMBERS AREA ON ECOS WEBSITE & PREFERENTIAL ACCESS TO OUR FREE WEBINARS   A Virtual Library of resources and tools supporting work in standardisation & webinars organised in line with Member's needs and possibly in cooperation with them.

  VISIBILITY OPPORTUNITIES   Promoting Members’ activities through various channels: our monthly Newsletter, dedicated news items on our website, social media.

  POTENTIAL PARTNERSHIPS & PROFESSIONAL NETWORK   Identify potential project partners and form alliances through exculsive access to an international network of experts and stakeholders in standardisation and product policy. ECOS can also help members establish relationships with their National Standards Body or other civil society stakeholders.

Can I become a member of ECOS?

A non-governmental organisation can become a full member if:

  1. it is a legal entity or a consortium of legal entities in their own right, registered in a member state of the European Union (EU), of the European Economic Area (EEA) or of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), or in a country which is considered by the European Union as a candidate member.
  2. it carries out its activities on a continuous basis, independent of any commercial, industrial or political influence or interest.
  3. it demonstrates through its statutes and practice that: its main objective is to preserve, promote, defend and/or study environmental interests, with, in the latter case, the goal of advancing environmental protection; it has a national or regional outreach; and it works in one or more areas of environmental interests.

How do I apply?

Please fill in the application form below and upload the requested documents.
Should you have questions or need assistance with your application, don't hesitate to contact our Membership Officer at

All applications must be approved by the ECOS Executive Committee.

Is there a membership fee?

The membership fee is adapted to geographical coverage of the member organisation and its annual income as described in the grid below.

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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