Criteria for Membership

Membership Type

Regular Members


Dues are currently $135
For regular members, there are two options to demonstrate substantive interest in the purposes of the Teratology Society:

  1. Pertinent publications in teratology, broadly defined and including fields such as developmental biology, alternative test methods, pre-clinical evaluation, genetic counseling, and clinical evaluation. The publication list shall include only those published in refereed journals; and one or more publications (not abstracts) are required with the applicant as the first author or two or more publications are required with the applicant as other than the first author. Manuscripts "in press" shall be considered if a copy is submitted together with verification of acceptance for publication.
  2. In lieu of peer-reviewed publications, other documentation of active participation in teratology (e.g., administrative, government or industrial experience with likelihood of continued interest) may be submitted. This path for regular membership is intended to allow full membership for scientists with significant active and valued participation in teratology but whose job functions do not enable regular publication or disclosure of their work products. Examples of active scientific participation include development or conduct of proprietary pre-clinical toxicology testing, consultants that provide confidential evaluation of developmental toxicology evaluations to clients, professors and lecturers at primarily teaching colleges and universities who may not have access to research facilities, and governmental scientists tasked with developmental or reproductive toxicology data evaluation.

Associate Members


Dues are currently $135
Associate membership shall be considered for individuals who do not have publications in the field of teratology or direct scientific involvement in teratology. Such individuals may belong to other disciplines or professions but demonstrate active participation in issues related to teratology in line with the objectives of the society. Active professional interest in teratology is to be documented by one signature of support from a Regular member on the membership application or in a separate correspondence referencing the Associate membership application. Associate Members may attend the Annual Business Meeting but may not vote, hold an elected office or sponsor abstracts. Associate Members may present abstracts. As part of their annual dues, Associate Members shall receive a subscription to BIRTH DEFECTS RESEARCH.

Student Members


Dues are currently $10 with an option to subscribe to BIRTH DEFECTS RESEARCH for a separate fee.
Student membership shall be considered for persons pursuing degree work or postdoctoral studies in the field of Teratology. Requirements consist of sponsorship by a member of the Teratology Society and the signature of the applicant's Major Professor whose signature verifies that the applicant is a student or postdoctoral fellow in good standing and is working in the field of Teratology. The Major Professor also will provide the expected date of graduation or termination of fellowship. Student members are expected to achieve regular membership status at the first Annual Meeting of the Society after they graduate or after termination of their postdoctoral fellowship; those who do not achieve regular membership status by the time of the succeeding Annual Meeting will no longer be members of the Society. 

Emeritus Members


Dues are currently $0 with an option to subscribe to BIRTH DEFECTS RESEARCH for a separate fee.

Members who have retired from their professional posts shall become Emeritus members upon written request to the Secretary. Emeritus members shall have all the voting rights and privileges of active members and are exempt from payment of annual dues, but they shall not receive Birth Defects Research gratis.