isirv is an open membership organization, run democratically, and based on the principle of being a scientific body independent of commercial, governmental or political ties, bringing together individual scientists, clinicians, public health experts, and others with a professional interest in influenza and other respiratory viruses.
isirv is registered in England as a company limited by guarantee (a format for not-for-profit organisations) and is also registered with the Charity Commission (Company number 6021083, Registered charity number 1118829
Most isirv Board Members are elected by the society's membership with one third of the 18 elected Board positions being subject to election each year. Thus Board members normally serve terms of three years and have around four Board meetings a year. In addtion to the elected Board members, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal and the Chairs of Special Interest Groups sit on the Board as ex-officio members. There is also provision for co-opted members and this has been regularly used to include on the Board a Treasurer with financial skills.
The officers of isirv (Chair, 2 Deputy Chairs, Treasurer, and Secretary) are elected by the Board. They tend to meet at least once a quarter in between Board meetings. As these meetings also include, for financial reasons, the Chair of the Antiviral Group, they are known as Officer and Finance Meetings (OFM).
Since 2010 there has been provision in isirv's statutes for the creation of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) through which interested members can pursue activities of a more specialist nature.
isirv’s activities are funded by annual membership subscriptions, surpluses from scientific meetings including Options, royalties from the journal IRV and interest on invested reserves.