The classification of members is as follows:
Honorary Life Member
An Honorary Life Member shall be a person who has rendered outstanding service in the advancement of the objects of the Association and is elected on the recommendation of the Council by the members at a Biennial General Meeting.
A Professional Member shall be a person: i) who qualifies for registration or who is registered as a natural scientist in the Food Science field of practice, or other field acceptable to Council, in terms of the Natural Scientific Professions Act 2003 (Act No 27 of 2003) or ii) who has applied to, and been accepted by Council as a Professional Member.
A Member shall be a person who does not qualify for Professional Membership, but who is, or has been, actively engaged, or is interested, in any activity related to food science and technology. A Member may apply in writing to the Membership Development Officer or Branch Secretary for upgrading to the rank of Professional Member, stating the grounds for such an application. Branch Committees may also initiate procedures for the upgrading of a Member.
An Institution Member shall be a company, research institution or other body engaged directly, or indirectly, in food science or technology. An Institution Member shall designate one representative, preferably from its senior scientific or technical personnel, to represent the institution in the Association.
Student Member – Food Science and Technology Only
A Student Member shall be a person who is following a course of technical, practical or scientific training, as approved by the Executive Committee of the Council. A Student Member shall automatically be re-classified as a Member from 1 January of each year. However, Student membership may be granted by the Executive Committee upon application and presentation of satisfactory evidence of continued student status.
This is a select group of companies, research institutions, or other organisations that are engaged directly, or indirectly, in food science or technology and which subscribe to additional principles in promoting and upholding professional standards of competence and integrity in advancing food science and related technologies for the provision of safe and wholesome food. Membership is by invitation by the SAAFoST Council. A Custodian Member shall designate one representative, preferably from its senior scientific or technical personnel, to represent the organisation in the Association.