BIOS offers a range of membership options to suit all prospective members. If you are qualified to be a member of BIOS, then we want you to be a member: it's as simple as that.
The membership levels have been clarified for 2013: if you are in any doubt as to where you fit into the new structure, please contact the office on +44 (0) 1353 66 55 41.
The BIOS membership year runs from 1 January - 31 December. With the exception of Student membership (which reflects participation in an accredited university course), memberships started or renewed now will last until 31 December 2013.
You can view the benefits offered by the various options on the Benefits of membership page, and see the benefits of the various levels compared on the Membership matrix page.
Academics & Non-taxpayers - £237
This level is for two groups: those who are are academic orthoptists; and those whose employment as orthoptists generates earnings below the UK personal tax-free allowance. It has all the benefits of Full membership.
Full - £345
This level carries all membership and voting privileges, and is for all qualified orthoptists who do not qualify for one of the other membership levels. Full members can opt to pay in 10 monthly installments - further details available from the BIOS office.
Orthoptists for whom 2013 will be their first full year of practice are eligible for the special price of £216 for 2013: if you think this may apply to you, please contact the office for more information.
Non-practising - £124
This level is for qualified orthoptists who are currently not practising in any capacity.
Overseas - £165
Overseas membership is for qualified members who live and practice outside the British Isles.
Retired - £62
Retired membership is for those orthoptists who have retired and no longer practise in any capacity.
Student membership is free of charge for members of accredited university courses. When Student members qualify as orthoptists, at no charge they are automatically upgraded to Full membership for the period between graduation and the end of that calendar year.