Membership Fees and Charges

IFST subscriptions are claimable as an allowable expense against UK income tax.

Membership subscription rates

Membership Type

Annual subscription
Associate - Student £22
Associate - First year after graduation £28
Associate - Second year after graduation £39
Associate - Third year after graduation £53
Associate £92
Member £128
Fellow £139

New applicants

New applicants for all grades of membership will be charged only the Associate rate for their first year's subscription. Payment has to be provided together with the application to avoid any processing delays. If you are a new applicant for Fellow or Member, you will temporarily be admitted to Associate membership pending full evaluation of your application. If successful, you will be charged the rate for your new category in your next subscription year.

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Members upgrading to Member or Fellow may do so for free. If successful, you will be charged the rate for your new grade in your next subscription year.

Registered Science Technicians (RSciTech)

If you are an RSciTech or if you are working towards RSciTech and your employer has signed up to a group scheme, you are eligible for a reduced subscription rate.

International Journal of Food Science and Technology (IJFST)

All members have free online access to IJFST. However, if you prefer to have the printed version, you can do so for £60 per year. Please note that the printed version is only available to UK residents.

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Annual subscription is £78. 

Direct Debit discount

There is a £6 discount for members who choose to renew their membership by Direct Debit. Please note that this is only available to members with a UK Bank Account and offered to members after the first year of membership.  Emeritus and student members are exempt from this offer. Please contact Anjlee Patel on 0207 603 6316 for more information.

Professional registration fees

These registration fees are applicable in addition to the relevant annual subscription.

Register Initial registration Annual re-registration
Chartered Scientist £57 £57
Registered Scientist £21 £21
Registered Food Safety Principal £97 £64
Registered Food Safety Manager £35 £35
Registered Food Safety Practitioner £35 £35
Registered Food Auditor/Mentor plus Registered Food Safety Manager £97 £65
Registered Sensory Scientist £57 £57
Registered Sensory Scientist plus Chartered Scientist £57 £57

Payment methods

Please make cheques payable to: Institute of Food Science & Technology. You may also pay by Visa, Mastercard, Switch or Solo.

VAT registration no: 774 1082 32.  Membership subscriptions and registration fees are exempt from VAT.