As is the rule for international scientific unions, IUPsyS is an organization composed of National Member organizations, not more than one National Member per country. Some National Members are psychological associations or societies; others are national academies of science, others are confederations across two or more national organizations of psychology. In addition to National Members, a number of regional and international individual member organizations have Affiliate Status, and international federation organizations have special liaison status with the Union. The Union has a legal venue and is registered in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
The IUPsyS Assembly
The legislative body and final authority of the Union is its Assembly. It holds a formal voting meeting every two years at an international congress of psychology. Each National Member, depending upon its category of membership, is entitled to send either one or two delegates to the Assembly.
The Executive Committee
The administrative body of the Union is its Executive Committee which usually meets once a year and whose members are in frequent communication. The Executive Committee includes six Officers: the President, Past President, Vice-President, the Secretary-General, the Treasurer, ten Committee Members, and ex officio the Executive Officer and Editors of the International Journal of Psychology and of the web portal Psychology Resources around the World. The Assembly elects by secret ballot the President, the Vice-President, and ten members of the Executive Committee. At least eight of the ten members of the Executive Committee are elected from Assembly delegates, but not more than one from any one country. The members of the Executive Committee then choose the Secretary-General and the Treasurer. All members elected to the Executive Committee become voting members of the Assembly.
The Secretariat consists of the Secretary-General, Treasurer, Executive Officer and part-time Execuitve Assistant. The Executive Officer, selected by the Officers of the Union, carries out the administrative functions of the Union and is the primary point of contact for information and updates.
Statutes, Rules of Procedure, and the Strategic Plan
Regulations about legislation and administration of the Union appear in the Statutes and Rules of Procedure. As revised in 2012, these are also published in the International Journal of Psychology. In addition, actions of the Union are guided by a Strategic Plan.
Communicating with the IUPsyS
A psychologist who wishes to bring a matter before the Union should communicate with the delegate(s) of the country in which he or she resides. The delegates are listed for each country in the Directory of National Member.
Contact with the Secretariat may be made through the