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Application Process

Those desiring membership in the IRLSSG must apply to the Membership Committee for acceptance. The application should include documentation of eligibility for the membership category sought by the applicant.

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Membership Categories & Criteria

1. Voting Membership - Voting members will either:

a. have a doctoral level degree and be currently working in an area related to RLS research or clinical practice, or

b. provide evidence of significant contributions to the field or one or more publications in the field. At least some of the contributions must have been made within the past 5 years.

2. Associate Membership - Associate membership is available to students and to paraprofessional staff including study coordinators or technicians currently working in the field of RLS.

Excluded from Membership
Individuals working for for-profit organizations with potential conflicts of interest, such as pharmaceutical companies, as their sole professional activity would not be eligible for membership, even if they were otherwise qualified. However, those with dual professional activities, who are employed in both a for-profit organization with potential conflict of interest and in a non-profit setting, may apply to the Executive Committee for membership. Current members who enter the employment of a for-profit organization with potential conflict of interest must have their continued membership status reviewed by the Executive Committee.