IEEE encourages activities with National Societies in order to assist in the development and elevation of technical skills and professional growth for members of participating organizations. This is done through the establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), also known as a National Society Agreement.

The conditions for establishing an MOU are indicated in IEEE Policy 5.7.

Conditions: new process beginning in 2016

To establish an agreement, the local IEEE Section should be contacted first. Further arrangements will then be made through the IEEE Section and IEEE Corporate Activities.

The new process being introduced at the start of 2016 still includes the signing of the basic NSA by both the IEEE Section and the National Society (NS). 

However, this new process also includes a second very important element: A supplement to the NSA that must be used to define three cooperative activities that the IEEE OU and the NS will participate in during the first year of the three-year NSA.

During this first year of operation of the NSA, it will be required that similar cooperative activities will be planned and carried out for the second and third years.

A sample copy (DOC, 42 KB) of the agreement is available. The wording of this agreement has been approved by the IEEE Board of Directors and cannot be changed. However, if there is a section of the agreement that is not suitable for the local IEEE Section and the National Society, the paragraph(s) in question may be omitted.

A sample copy (DOC, 24 KB) of of the required supplement to the NSA is available.

Some examples (PPTX, 570 KB) of possible cooperative activities are available.

A current listing of all National Society Agreements is available.

For questions on establishing an agreement, send an email to