APLAR shall be an association of national organizations interested in and concerned with the aims and objectives of APLAR, such organizations consisting primarily but not exclusively of medical scientific societies or associations. The latter includes allied health professional societies or associations.
Affiliation to APLAR shall be open to national organizations interested in and concerned with the aims and objectives of APLAR and which shall be prepared to abide by the terms of this Constitution and By-Laws. Only one national organization from one country or special political administrative region can seek affiliation to APLAR. Individuals shall not be eligible for direct membership to APLAR whether or not there is a national organization interested in the rheumatic diseases in his/her country of citizenship or domicile.
Provisional affiliation may be granted by the Executive Committee of APLAR, subject to ratification by the next General Assembly of APLAR, to a national organization applying for membership. The annual dues for provisional membership shall be the same as those determined for full membership. Provisional members of national organizations are permitted to attend the General Assembly and send observers as delegates but without voting rights.