About the Institute of Biomedical Science

The IBMS is the professional body for biomedical scientists and students - advancing knowledge and setting standards in biomedical science

For over 100 years we have been dedicated to the promotion, development and delivery of excellence in biomedical science - supporting our members through training, education and professional development and setting quality standards for our profession.    

With over 20,000 members in over 30 countries, we are the leading professional body for biomedical scientists.

Our role 

We deliver a range of academic and vocational qualifications and professional development opportunities to support our members' practice.

We publish scientific journals, professional guidance and educational resources.

We provide opportunities for professional recogintion with access to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration and the Science Council's registers.

We produce IBMS Congress, one of the world's premier biomedical science events, as well as a range of local training and networking events

We also provide a voice for our members with policy makers and promote the role of biomedial science in society.

Our profession 

Biomedical science  . .  the molecular, cellular and systemic basis of disease and the application of scientific principles and techniques to the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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.

Find out more about biomedical science and becmoning a biomendical scientist.  


Our members 

Our membership ranges from students to diagnostics companies and national insititutes, and includes practitioners working at all levels in biomedical science.

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 sectior and academia.

Join our international community of scientists, students and organisations to enjoy tailored support at every stage of your career.   

Our structure 

We are a professional body that is run by our members for our members through IBMS Council and Standing Committees.  

Read about our Council and Committee structure and find out how you can get involved.  

Our history

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.