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 scientists, support staff and students in the field of biomedical science.

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 

Biomedical science is a biology and chemistry related discipline used mostly in healthcare laboratories to identify, research, monitor and treat diseases. As one of the broadest areas of modern science, it focuses on the complexity of the human body and underpins much of modern medicine.

Biomedical scientists and their staff mostly work in healthcare laboratories. They diagnose diseases and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment by analysing fluids and tissue samples from patients. In the UK alone, healthcare laboratories are involved in over 70% of diagnoses in the NHS, handling over 150 million samples every year.

To protect public safety, anyone using the title 'Biomedical Scientist' must be Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered and continue to meet HCPC standards.


Our membership

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.