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Membership Overview

(Policy updated May 2023 – Page conflicts corrected June 2019)

BOPSS has five types of membership:

  • Full members:
    Consultant ophthalmologists with a significant oculoplastic sub-specialty interest, who are committed to the practice, research and teaching of eyelid, lacrimal and orbital surgery; who have evidence of this through their clinical practice, research, publications, presentations and teaching, which satisfies the Membership Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee. Full membership is applicable to surgeons who are primarily based in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, and whose main employment is in the NHS or private practice, having been awarded Certificate of Eligibility of Specialist Registration (CEST) by the GMC. Membership guidelines are available from the Secretary.
  • Associate members:
    Accredited oculoplastic specialists who are primarily based in countries outside the UK and Republic of Ireland and whose main employment is outside the UK.
    Oculoplastic surgeons who are primarily UK based and working as Associate Specialists in the field but not yet obtained Certificate of Eligibility of Specialist Registration (CEST)
    Accredited Oculoplastic Surgeons who trained abroad and are working in the UK but not yet obtained Certificate of Eligibility of Specialist Registration (CEST)
  • Honorary members:
    Honour bestowed upon a retired longstanding BOPSS member (minimum 10 years) or an allied professional who has provided significant support to the Society, or made a major contribution to the sub-specialty.
    Benefits: no membership fee and no voting rights.
    Potential candidates will be proposed by Executive Committee, circulated to members and presented for ratification at the AGM.
    Honorary members pay for attending annual meetings.
  • Trainee members:
    Trainee ophthalmologists with a demonstrable commitment to oculoplastic surgery. This type of membership will expire at three years from application or following substantive appointment (whichever is soonest) as Specialist Ophthalmologists are not eligible for this grade of membership. Once trainee membership has ended you will have to apply for full membership of BOPSS and start a new application from scratch. Please submit your application from this page – https://www.bopss.co.uk/about/membership-application/
  • Retired members:
    Former full members of the Society who have retired from all active practice.
    Benefits: no voting rights and a reduced membership fee of £50.
    Retired members pay for attending the meeting.


Sponsorship is required for membership. This should be from two existing Members of BOPSS. In the absence of a sponsor, the applicant may be admitted after being contacted by two members nominated by the Executive Committee who shall determine the applicants bone fide status.

Subscription Costs

Full members £150
Associate member £50
Trainee member £50
Honorary Member – free

Payment Method

Online only via your BOPSS membership dashboard (see below on how to access)

Payment is taken by GoCardless (collected through your bank account by direct debit).

If you do not have a bank account and wish to pay by card, please email the webmaster for more details


You must, however, be logged in on this website. To login, enter your username and password (bottom of the page) and return to this page

  • If you have received your username and password, but you have forgotten it, you can retrieve it on this page.
  • Contact us if you still cannot login after performing the above steps.

Benefits of membership

  • Membership of a prestigious society
  • Orbit Journal full on-line access (extra fee for Associate members)
  • Discounted registration for the annual scientific meeting
  • Awards: Eligibility for annual Publication and Collin Scholarship awards
  • Downloadable patient information leaflets and surgical complications lists for consent forms
  • Voting rights at the Annual General Meeting and for committee member elections (Full members only)
  • Eligibility for election to the Committee (Full members only)
  • Website publicity: Inclusion of your name, hospital and sub-specialty (Full members only)
  • Access to Case discussion forum

Policy for lapsed members to be reinstated

0-4 years absence; Annual subscription and a one-off payment to rejoin of 1 year’s subscription at the current rate.

5-10 years absence; Annual subscription and one-off payment of 2 years’ subscription. In addition, the member needs to resubmit their CV for the Membership Advisory Committee’s approval.

You can pay these fees from this page. You can login if you have your account details, or you can create a new account.

Please email your CV to secretary@bopss.co.uk