The IIR is an intergovernmental organization that operates according to an International Agreement defining Member Countries' rights and the services provided.
Each Member Country appoints a Delegate to the Executive Committee and representatives to the General Conference of the IIR, these being the policy-making bodies of the IIR. Member Countries also select and propose commission members: they are allowed 3-30 such members according to the member-country category.
Thanks to their commission members, Member Countries take part in and exert an influence on commission activities according to their priorities in terms of work themes. Through their commission members, Member Countries are involved in preparing: guidelines, codes of practice, standards, informatory notes, and working groups.
Likewise, through their commission members, Member Countries form part of an international expertise network based on fields of expertise. Member Countries can also organize IIR conferences or congresses, and they can request IIR co-sponsorship of other international events.
Commission Members from each Member Country receive member benefits, which include:
- subscription to IIR periodicals;
- access to information services via the IIR’s portal (Expertise Directory, Laboratory Directory, exclusive Web files;
- quotas of free downloads of documents via the IIR’s Fridoc database;
- e-alerts that can be tailored.
In each Member Country, 3 to 8 persons (on the basis of the membership category) also benefit from these services. Lastly, Corporate and Private Members in IIR Member Countries receive discounts on their membership fees.
The full, highly varied range of services provided, and the selective nature of the information made available make Memberr Country benefits incomparable and very inexpensive.