The governing body of the EMS is its Council. Council has delegates from all of the national societies which are members of the EMS, and it also has delegates representing the individual members of the Society. A Council meeting includes about a hundred people from all over Europe. EMS Council meets every two years.

List of Council meetings

In between Council meetings, the Executive Committee represents the Society and carries out the wishes of Council. The EC consists of up to ten members, including the President, two vice-Presidents, the Secretary, and the Treasurer. It meets at least twice a year, and of course it also transacts much of its discussions by email. It is also responsible for appointing subcommittees to deal with particular aspects of the Society's work, and for convening and preparing the business for Council.