The IUBMB Distinguished Service Award:
- Gives special recognition to biochemists and molecular biologists who have made a major contribution to activities of the IUBMB.
- Takes the form of a certificate conferred at an Ordinary General Assembly and eligibility for attendance at IUBMB Congresses and Conferences without payment of a registration fee.
- Is conferred on those nominees of an Adhering Body or members of the Executive Committee who receive approval, in a secret ballot, of at least two-thirds of the entire Executive Committee. Nominations shall be received by the General Secretary in writing for each nominee and accompanied by a brief description of the IUBMB activity for which the nominee is to be honored. The General Secretary shall call for nominations for the award at the time a call is made for nominations for vacancies on the Executive Committee.
- Shall not be conferred on current incumbents of the Executive Committee.