Membership is confined to those advisory bodies within Europe that are established by Governments to provide strategic and other advice on animal welfare. Membership of the forum is open to all European countries.
If an advisory body has not been established, then a representative of the Government Department with responsibility for animal welfare is invited to attend as an observer. The Council of Europe, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the European Commission (EC), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and other relevant bodies are also invited to attend each meeting as observers. Communication should be maintained with potential members and observers in the hope that they will be inspired to participate.