Membership FAQs

Questions about the application process and payment

Who should sign the application forms?
Can you explain the various membership categories?
Can I send the forms by email only? Do you need the original documents?
Is the contribution based on our participation in specific work areas or is it all inclusive?
What is ECRT?
How do I calculate my organization's ECRT?
What if I cannot determine my organization's ECRT?
When is the invoice due?
If I join ETSI during the year do I pay a full contribution/fee?
Can I pay in a currency other than Euro?
Does ETSI offer a special reduced rate for small organizations?
What happens with regard to mergers and acquisitions?
What is Additional Membership?
Do I have to pay VAT?

Questions about general procedure

Can I designate people from outside my organization to attend meetings on its behalf?
Can the official contact have documents sent to an address other than the organization's address?
Do I have to attend the General Assembly?
If I attend the General Assembly, do I need to prepare a presentation about my organization?
When will I be allowed to participate in the Institute's work?
Can my organization have more than one user account?
How do I amend my contact details or organization details?
What do I do if I have to withdraw my membership? 
What do I do if I want to update information with regard to my ETSI membership fee?
Can affiliates of parent companies apply for separate membership?
How can I join oneM2M via ETSI?
How can I join 3GPPTM via ETSI? 

 Who should sign the application forms?
The person authorized to sign such legal documents on behalf of an organization.

The signature on the application engages a member to comply with the ETSI Directives and the decisions of the General Assembly and to pay the yearly contribution. Therefore the person who signs should be authorized within the organization to ensure that this engagement is respected e.g. the head of division or head of section but this depends on how authority is delegated within your organization.

 Can you explain the various membership categories?
The various membership categories of ETSI are described in the ETSI Rules of Procedure, Annex 1, contained in the ETSI Directives:

Administration: An Administration is defined as the part of the public administration responsible for electronics communications and related areas in a country.

Other Governmental Body: An Other Governmental Body is defined as any other governmental organization or agency not covered by the Administration category above.

National Standards Organization: A National Standards Organization is a standards organization whose function is to carry out at national level the activities related to standstill, public enquiry, establishment of the national position for the vote on draft European Standards as well as the transposition and withdrawal of national standards; and which is normally recognized by its Government as being authorized to make them available to the public at the national level.

Consultancy Company/Partnership: A Consultancy Company/Partnership is defined as any legally-established consultancy company/partnership concerned with telecommunications and related areas.

Manufacturer: A Manufacturer is defined as a company having a substantial capacity to develop and/or produce and/or install and/or maintain products to be used in, or directly or indirectly connected to, an electronics communications network.

An association or organization of such Manufacturers also falls within this category.

Network Operator: A Network Operator is defined as an operator of an electronics communications network or part thereof.

An association or organization of such Network Operators also falls within this category.

Research Body: A Research Body is defined as any legally established research body concerned with electronics communications and related areas. A Public Research Body is a not-for-profit research organization whose main stakeholders are in the Public sector.

Service Provider: A Service Provider is defined as a company or organization, making use of an electronics communications network or part thereof to provide a service or services on a commercial basis to third parties.
An association or organization of such Service Providers also falls within this category.

University: Any not-for-profit institution for higher education or postgraduate training having the legal power to award first and/or higher degrees.

User: A User is an organization making use of services in the field of electronics communications and related areas, whose main interest in electronics communications standards is in that capacity.

An association or organization of such Users also falls within this category.

 Can I send the forms by email only? Do you need the original documents?
We do need the original documents. However, you may initially email a scanned version of the form to membership@etsi.org or fax it to +33 4 93 65 47 16. This will help accelerate the process.

 Is the contribution based on our participation in specific work areas or is it all-inclusive? The contribution is not based on your participation in specific technical work, once a member you have access to all ETSI technical resources and work. The contribution is based on your organization's annual Electronic Communications Related Turnover (ECRT). For a detailed breakdown of fees by ECRT, see fees. Please note, that participation in 3GPP is subject to a minimum of 3 units of contribution except SMEs, Micro-Enterprises, users, universities, and public research bodies; these are subject to a minimum of 2 units.

 What is ECRT?
ECRT is your Electronic Communications Related Turnover. A member organization's ECRT is defined as the worldwide turnover generated by all the member's products and services related to Article 2 'Purpose' and Article 3 'Scope of activities' of the ETSI Statutes.

 How do I calculate my organization's ECRT?
When considering what ECRT to declare, members should take into consideration the entire turnover related to electronic communications related products, components and services, regardless of technology or standard used. For example WiFi and Bluetooth technologies are included. It includes sales of communications equipment, and sales of communications-related services or systems (network management, communications intelligence). Or alternatively sales to communication service providers. Gross turnover or revenue, and not net income, should be considered.

The Rules of Procedure, Annex 2, clause 6f) state that where a Member company is part of a corporate group, the ECRT is based upon the worldwide turnover generated by the entire corporate group's products and services related to electronic communications, not simply that of the Member company.

Where more than one company from a corporate group is an ETSI Member, the sum of ECRTs declared by these companies shall be equal to or greater than the ECRT calculated on the basis of the entire corporate group.

 What if I cannot determine my organization's ECRT?
If your organization's ECRT cannot be determined from publicly available information, you will need to agree an appropriate class of contribution with the Director General.
If a member organization is not able to declare its ECRT and is not willing to agree an appropriate class of contribution with the Director General, then the highest class of contribution will be assigned, i.e. 45 units.

 When is the invoice due?
The amount payable for a given year is based on your organization's status as at 30 September of the prior year. Membership contributions and fees are due in full on the first working day of January. There is a 5% penalty for contributions and fees paid after 30 April.
New members are requested to make their payment on receipt of a pro-forma invoice. An invoice will be issued after approval of the membership application by the General Assembly.

 If I join ETSI during the year do I pay the full fee?

  • when you apply between 1 December and 1 March and are approved at the first member online poll of the year, you are invoiced 100% of the annual member contribution or Observer fee;
  • when you apply between 1 March and 1 June and are approved at the second member online poll of the year, you are invoiced 75% of the annual member contribution or Observer fee;
  • when you apply between 1 June and 1 September and are approved at the third member online poll of the calendar year, you are invoiced 50% of the annual member contribution or Observer fee;
  • when you apply between 1 September and 1 December and are approved at the fourth member online poll of the calendar year, you are invoiced 25% of the annual member contribution or Observer fee.

 Can I pay in a currency other than the euro?
Only payments in € are accepted.

 Does ETSI offer a special reduced rate for small organizations?
The minimum contribution is 6000 € for SMEs, this is class 1. However, for Micro-Enterprises, universities, public research bodies and not-for-profit user associations (all also in class 1) a reduced unit of contribution applies. For details of contribution classes, see fees.

 What happens with regard to mergers and acquisitions?
In the case of an organization acquiring another organization, you have the choice of either subscribing an additional membership for 1 Unit of Contribution or, you withdraw the membership of the affiliate who can then participate representing the main parent member. The affiliate that does not pay a contribution has no voting rights other than when representing the parent member and is not considered or listed as an ETSI member.

 What is Additional Membership?
This covers any additional membership(s) for an affiliate or local entity that an ETSI member chooses to hold in addition to its "group" membership for which its contribution has been calculated using the rules for calculating the contribution.

 Do I have to pay VAT?
Fees and membership contributions are excluding tax:

VAT will be added to an invoice according to the following principles:

  • If the organization is VAT registered in Europe outside France, VAT shall not be added to the invoice.
  • If the organization has its fiscal status either in Europe outside France but is not VAT registered, or has its fiscal status in France, VAT at the current French rate of 20% is applied to the invoice.
  • If the organization does not have its fiscal status in Europe, ETSI shall not add VAT to the invoice.
  • If the organization is registered in Europe but is not liable to VAT they shall provide us with a certificate from the Tax Authorities of their country, otherwise VAT shall be applied to the invoice.

 Can I designate people from outside my organization to attend meetings on its behalf?
Yes. They will need to register their attendance under your organization’s name. This needs to be approved by the member organization’s official contact.

Special provisions are applicable for Associations that shall be represented in ETSI by their employees and elected officials. In addition a maximum of one nominated technical expert, per meeting, shall be allowed to attend and participate in meetings and shall come from a Member of the said Association, unless explicitly authorized by the Director-General on a case-by-case basis.

This expert shall be officially nominated in writing by the said Association before the meeting begins. All employees, elected officials and/or nominated technical expert of an Association attending ETSI meetings shall only represent that Association’s views.

 Can the official contact have documents sent to an address other than the organization's address?
Yes. You just need to provide the membership team with the desired address.

 Do I have to attend the General Assembly? 
Your attendance at the General Assembly meeting is not mandatory, however you will surely benefit from attending.

The General Assembly gives you the opportunity to express your interests and needs, to network and meet with players in the ICT industry and to learn how to benefit fully from the Institute.

 If I attend the General Assembly, do I need to prepare a presentation about my organization?
No. You will not be asked to make a presentation about your organization.

 When will I be allowed to participate in the Institute's work?
You can attend meetings of technical committees, working groups etc. from the moment your application for membership is accepted by the Secretariat. You can exercise your voting rights when your membership is officially effective (after formal approval at the quarterly approval poll).

 Can my organization have more than one user account?
Yes. Each user needs to send a request to ETSI through our User Account Application Form, and we will grant you as many user accounts as required in order to follow all the areas of work you have an interest in.

 How do I amend my contact details or organization details?
To change the official contact name, or contact details, notify membership@etsi.org
To change your personal information, you can use the online form 

 What do I do if I have to withdraw my membership? 
Membership of ETSI will be tacitly renewed unless it is withdrawn by a member organization.
You will need to give notice to the Membership administration team before 30 September in order for the withdrawal to take effect at the end of the ongoing financial year, otherwise it will take effect at the end of the following year.

 What do I do if I want to update information with regard to my ETSI membership fee?
You will need to give notice in writing to the Membership administration team. All Member contributions and Observer fees will be based on the declared position of the Member/Observer, as at the 30 September of the prior year.

 Can affiliates of parent companies apply for separate membership?
Yes. However, where a Member company (e.g. one affiliate) is part of a corporate group, the ECRT is based upon the worldwide turnover generated by the entire corporate group's products and services related to electronic communications, not simply that of the Member company (e.g. the affiliate).

See members' ECRT Definition.

 How can I join oneM2M via ETSI?
Participation in oneM2M is included in the contribution for full and associate ETSI members and just needs to be requested. Contact: oneM2M@etsi.org

 How can I join 3GPP™ via ETSI?
The minimum number of units of contribution to participate in the work of 3GPPTM is 3, except for class 1 members (SMEs, Micro-Enterprises, users, universities, public research bodies) for whom 2 units of contribution is the minimum. Contact: 3GPPMembership@etsi.org