Currently AFDO offers six different membership categories. Below are the descriptions for each category. If you still do not know which level you fall under please call us at 717-757-2888 or email. We will gladly assist you.
Note: there are group membership available for regulatory and non-regulatory members. To learn more about group membership please click here.
Individuals engaged in regulatory agency law enforcement at state, federal or local levels. These individuals receive full member services, may vote and hold office.
Retired individuals who prior to retirement were employees of agencies charged with enforcement of food, drug, cosmetic, device or product safety laws, ordinances or regulations or employees of or consultants for firms regulated by food, drug, cosmetic, device or product safety and regulated consumer protection laws. These individuals must be officially retired from the agency and must not be working or consulting for any entities regulated by regulatory members of AFDO. "Retired" is defined as those who derive more than 75% of their income from pensions or retirement plans. This category also includes any student enrolled in a two year, four year, or graduate program relating to foods, drugs, cosmetics, devices or product safety. These individuals receive all mailings, but cannot vote or hold office.
Consumers are individuals interested in the objectives of AFDO, but do not fall under any of the other five categories. Consumers are not actively engaged as consultants for
food or medical product industries. This category also includes individuals employed by a two- or four- year college or university involved in education or research involving foods, drugs, cosmetics, devices, or product safety. These individuals receive all mailings, may serve as advisors to AFDO committees, but may not vote or hold office.
Employees of consumer organizations, or employees of a firm, business, professional, consumer or trade association interested in AFDO activities. These members shall be entitled to receive all mailings, may serve as an advisor to AFDO committees, but cannot vote or hold office.
Employed by companies or firms made up of only five or less individuals. These members shall be entitled to receive all mailings, may serve as an advisor to AFDO committees, but cannot vote or hold office.
Individuals eligible to hold an honorary membership shall have been regulatory members who are nominated by the Board of Directors and elected by the Association to this class of membership in recognition of their substantial contributions to the achievement of the objectives of the Association. Items that shall be considered in awarding an AFDO Honorary Membership are the leadership roles taken by the candidate in both the national AFDO and the regional affiliates, as well as the contributions made by the candidate to the basic mission of consumer protection while serving as an officer in the enforcement of food, drug, cosmetic, device, or product safety laws.