Joining the IHCA


There are different classes of membership with varying rights and entitlements.

Membership of the Association is open to Consultants in hospital practice who:

  • Are holders of the Common Contract
  • Are eligible to hold a statutorily structured public hospital appointment.
  • Are Consultant Orthodontists or Consultant Oral Surgeons in public hospital practice.


Associate membership is open to doctors who have not yet been appointed to a Consultant post and who:

  • Hold or have previously held enrolment on the Irish Medical Register or Irish Dental Register;
  • Have commenced in or completed the final two years of his or her specialist training;
  • Have received a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training from an Irish Postgraduate Medical Training Body.


Life membership is open to hospital consultants who:

  • Have reached retirement age under the Common Contract, or had they held such a contract would be deemed to have reached retirement age.
  • Have been members of the Association for each of the five years immediately prior to reaching such retirement age, and have paid the requisite life membership fee.