ESE Endorsement Criteria

A learned society’s name and reputation are valuable assets. The value stems from the confidence that people have in that society, and this is built on the reputation the society has gained through its achievements, its objectivity and its status as a charity.

The trustees of ESE have a duty to make the best use of these assets and in practice this means putting assets to work to the best overall advantage of the charity, whilst safeguarding them against damage or loss of value.

It is very important that ESE has in place criteria and operational procedures which will ensure that the support it provides is proportionate and appropriate. The below criteria will help you determine whether your document (e.g. policy, statement, guideline), project (e.g. audit or research) or event (e.g. professional conference or meeting, training course) is suitable to be considered for endorsement and gives details of the procedure which we will follow to grant that endorsement.

Requests for endorsement will in the first instance be referred to one of the European Society of Endocrinology’s committees – normally the Clinical, Science, Education or Publications Committee and subsequently to the Executive Committee if necessary.

Please note: ESE will only endorse meetings, projects or documents developed by non-commercial organisations where the scientific programme/content is completely independent from commercial influence.

General criteria

Requests for endorsement will only be considered if the following initial criteria are met:

  1. The proposed document, project or event will fit within the ESE’s aims, policies, strategies and values (
  2. The proposed document, project or event will meet a need that can be clearly identified and will not conflict with any ESE document, project or event.
  3. Members of ESE and the general public will likely perceive the proposed document, project or event to confer an adequate level of public benefit.
  4. The document, project or event is not likely to generate complaints or criticisms against ESE; endorsement may still be awarded if the Society judges the particular cause worthy of such criticism or complaint.
  5. ESE will in general only consider requests to endorse specific initiatives; organisations as a whole are not usually endorsed.
  6. ESE will only endorse meetings developed by non-commercial organisations where the scientific programme is completely independent from commercial influence.
  7. ESE must have been approached early enough for it to have had input into the project or event. Bear in mind that the Society’s committees convene only two or three times a year and advice regarding timelines should be obtained from the ESE Office. However, requests for endorsement may be secured post hoc at the Society’s discretion.
  8. The applying organisation has read the ESE Equality, Diversion and Inclusion Policy found on the ESE website here, and where possible will implement a similar policy for the subject of the endorsement application.