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The Institute works in partnership with a number of fellow organisations listed below, bodies and a plethora of working groups, committees and programmes set up with other organisations, the government or the Department of Health.
The Institute provides secretarial support for a number of organisations:
Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology (AAPT)
The AAPT is a professional body for anatomical pathology technologists. It has a CPD scheme for members, on-line learning and is wishing to maintain and improve the standards for mortuary staff across the UK and beyond.
Association of Biomedical Andrologists
The IBMS and ABA have developed a specialist portfolio to standardise training in the andrologist workforce.
The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine
The IBMS has regular meetings with the ACB to work on common issues and areas of interest.
British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS)
The IBMS and BBTS have a mutual recognition policy for CPD activities. The training schemes of the BBTS is also incorporated into the Institute's specialist portfolios. The IBMS and BBTS have developed specialist level qualifications to recognise professional practice in emerging areas of transfusion science and histocompatibility/immunogenetics.
British Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (BSHI)
The IBMS and BSHI developed qualifications in histocompatibility and immunogenetics and incorporated its training schemes into the Institute's specialist portfolios.
Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA)
CPA accredits pathology laboratories within public and private healthcare providing an independent external audit of their ability to deliver a high quality service. Professional bodies, including the Institute of Biomedical Science, work with the CPA through its Clinical Advisory committee which has observer status on the main UKAS board.
Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FPHM)
The FPHM has a mutual recognition policy for CPD activities with the IBMS.
Federation for Healthcare Science (FHCS)
The Federation for Healthcare Science is an umbrella organisation representing the interests of 40 groups collectively known as healthcare scientists, including biomedical scientists. The IBMS is the secretariat for the Federation. The Scottish Forum for Healthcare Science is the equivalent body in Scotland and aims to provide a professional forum to promote the role of healthcare science in Scotland and enhance the profile of healthcare science professions.
Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS)
HUCBMS represents the interests of universities and colleges at a national and international level to promote quality in biomedical science teaching and research. HUCBMS work closely with the IBMS on the accreditation of BSc (Honours) and MSc degree courses in biomedical science as well as other education and training matters.
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
The HCPC is an independent, UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct of the healthcare professions that it regulates, including biomedical science. The Institute works with the HCPC to develop policy that will protect the patient and improve standards of practice in biomedical science.
Health Protection Agency (HPA)
The HPA is dedicated to protecting the public’s health and reducing the impact of infectious diseases, chemical hazards, poisons and radiation hazards by bringing together health and scientific professionals as well as working in public health, communicable disease, emergency planning, infection control, laboratories, poisons, chemical and radiation hazards. Many of its staff are IBMS members, while the Institute's region and branch network, as well as microbiology and virology groups have links with the HPA network.
International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IFBLS)
The IFBLS aims to support, advance and promote good laboratory practice through the development and adherence to high quality standards in diverse environments throughout the world. The Institute is a member of the IFBLS. Their jounal can be seen at: http://www.bls-expert.jp/ifbls/e-l/
Joint Working Group for Quality Assurance (JWG)
JWG is an independent multidisciplinary group accountable to the Royal College of Pathologists and the IBMS for the oversight of performance in external quality assurance schemes. more >>
Labs are Vital
Labs are Vital aims to promote the role and significance of laboratory medicine services in healthcare to everyone in the healthcare chain – clinicians, patients, trust and PCT managers, administrators, commissioners and politicians.
National Association for Phlebotomists (NAP)
The Institute provides secretarial support for the NAP and has a mutual recognition policy for CPD activities.
Sense about Science
The IBMS has links with this organisation dedicated to stopping the misrepresentation of science and scientific evidence in the public and media arena.
The Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath)
RCPath promotes excellence in the practice of pathology and maintains standards through training, examinations and professional development. The IBMS and the College work together on many projects, policies and issues.
Royal Microscopical Society (RMS)
An IBMS-RMS joint working party administers a certificate in flow cytometry.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)
The IBMS and RPS have worked on developing a framework for pharmacists involved in current and future testing that would develop training programmes, protocols, regulation, quality and standards.
The Science Council
The IBMS participates in a number of The Science Council’s committees and activities, including registration, careers in science, CPD, inspections and assessments.
Transfusion Laboratory Collaborative
UK Transfusion Laboratory Collaborative is a joint project amongst statutory bodies, professional organisations and interested parties. It is hosted by the Institute at the request of the Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) reporting scheme and aims to cut blood transfusion laboratory errors.