According to the ICF Statutes:
 

ARTICLE 15-HONORARY FELLOWS

The Congress shall award to appropriate individuals the grade of Honorary Fellow of the Congress, in recognition of work done by such individuals to further the objects described in Article 2. Such Honorary Fellows shall be elected by the Council by the same procedure as that used for election of Officers.


ARTICLE 16-ICF GOLD AND SILVER MEDALS

Four ICF Gold Medals and one Silver Medal may be awarded at each quadrennial conference; up to three individuals may share each award.

16.1. ICF Takeo Yokobori Gold Medal: This medal is in honor of the vision of Prof. T. Yokobori in organizing the International Congress on Fracture. The award will be presented to a senior researcher in recognition of life-time service to ICF through his/her career. In addition to scientific achievements in the field of fracture, the impact of the service provided to ICF shall be a major criterion for selection of the winner. (Approved by the Council, July 14, 2009, Ottawa).
16.2. ICF Sir Alan H. Cottrell Gold Medal: This medal is in honor of the many scientific contributions of Sir Alan Cottrell that have been recognized for decades and have provided deep fundamental understanding of fracture in structural materials. This award will be presented to a senior researcher in the field of fracture who through his/her work has made pioneering contributions to the understanding of the phenomenon of fracture. (Approved by the Council, July 14, 2009, Ottawa).
16.3. ICF George R. Irwin Gold Medal: This medal is to honor the individual who is affectionately known as the “Father of Modern Fracture Mechanics”. This award will be presented to a senior researcher whose pioneering contributions have had lasting impact on engineering applications of fracture theories. (Approved by the Council, July 14, 2009, Ottawa).
16.4. ICF Paul C Paris Gold Medal: This medal honors the many pioneering contributions of Prof. Paul C. Paris to the field of Fracture Mechanics. His contributions in field of sub-critical crack growth starting with the “Paris-Law” for fatigue crack growth were crucial to the adoption of fracture mechanics in structural integrity assessments. The Paris Gold Medal will be awarded at each ICF quadrennial to a senior researcher whose pioneering contributions have had a lasting impact on structural integrity assessment methods.
16.5. ICF Constance Tipper Silver Medal: This medal is established by ICF to honor the memory and contributions of Constance Tipper who was a true pioneer among women in the field of fracture. The silver medal will be presented to a mid-career scientist/engineer who has made significant contributions in any aspect of research in the field of fracture.

According to the ICF Bye-Laws:
 

ARTICLE 6

There shall be an Awards Committee whose chairman and members shall be appointed by the Executive Committee for each quadrennial term. The Awards Committee shall recommend Honorary Fellows and other awards, as appropriate, (Approved at the Council, December 3, 2001, Honolulu)
The maximum number of living Honorary Fellows, FICF(hc), should not exceed 50.
(Approved at the Council, March 22, 2005, Turin)
This Article was superseded by a decision to allow up to five additional Honorary Fellows at each quadrennial (Approved at the Executive Committee meeting in May 2011 in Anaheim and approved by the Council on June 18, 2013 via the acceptance of the Awards Committee Report).