About the Institute of Biomedical Science
Advancing knowledge and setting standards in biomedical science
With over 20,000 members in over 30 countries, the Institute of Biomedical Science is the leading professional body for biomedical scientists, support staff and students.
For over 100 years we have been dedicated to the promotion, development and delivery of excellence in biomedical science within all aspects of healthcare, and providing the highest standards of service to patients and the public.
By supporting our members in their practice of biomedical science we set quality standards for the profession through: training, education, assessments, examinations and continuous professional development.
- deliver a range of academic and vocational qualifications and professional development opportunities to support our members' practice
- publish scientific journals, professional guidance and educational resources
- provide opportunities for professional recognition with access to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration and the Science Council's registers
- produce IBMS Congress, one of the world's premier biomedical science events, as well as a range of local training and networking events
- provide a voice for our members with policy makers and promote the role of biomedical science in society.
The term 'biomedical scientist' is a protected title. Biomedical scientists carry out investigations on tissue and body fluid samples and usually work in laboratories in the areas of diagnosis, screening, monitoring and research.
The majority of our members work in healthcare, with many also based in university and veterinary laboratories, government agencies and services. Our members also work in the commercial sector and academia.
We are a professional body that is run by our members for our members through IBMS Council and Standing Committees.
The IBMS began life as the Pathological and Bacteriological Laboratory Assistants’ Association (PBLAA) in 1912.
As the complexity of the science which informs modern laboratory medicine has developed so has the IBMS. Our involvement in education, training and standard setting has grown in step with the knowledge and skills required of those working in biomedical science.
Find out more about our history and the history of biomedical science.