About IBMS

IBMS LogoAdvancing knowledge and setting standards in biomedical science

With over 20,000 members in 30 different 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.




Our role 



Our profession 

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.

Our membership ranges from students to diagnostics companies and national institutes 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 sector 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 historycoat of arms

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.