Journal Based Learning

Journal based learning (JBL) involves reading and then answering questions based on articles in scientific journals.

JBL is an excellent way to learn about scientific advances and techniques as part of your continuing professional development (CPD).    

To help you get the most out of your JBL read our User Guide.


Taking a JBL Test 

Once logged on to the IBMS website click on to a JBL test title from the list below. 

If you have passed you can add the JBL test to your IBMS CPD ePortfolio by selecting a diploma and clicking Add to my Diploma.  

You can also download a certificate confirming your JBL test score to use as evidence in your CPD ePortfolio.

You can view and manage your JBL test results on the My JBL page.



Multidisciplinary JBL 4 / Deadline 18 October 2017

Statements are taken from papers published recently in the British Journal of Biomedical Science (Volume 74, Issue 3, 2017). All are available free online to members.

Test No 030117 / Medical Microbiology / Revised Deadline 6 September 2017

Mycobacterial infections due to contaminated heater cooler units used in cardiac bypass: an approach for infection control practitioners.

Test No 030517 / Immunology / Revised Deadline 6 September 2017

International Consensus Document (ICON): Common variable immunodeficiency disorders.

Test No 050417 / Haematology / Revised Deadline 6 September 2017

Diagnostic power of laboratory tests for hereditary spherocytosis: a comparison study in 150 patients grouped according to molecular and clinical characteristics.

Test No 050817 / Cytopathology / Revised Deadline 6 September 2017

Recommended code of practice for cytology laboratories participating in the UK cervical screening programmes.

Test No 060617 / Virology / Deadline 6 September 2017

Strategies to control hepatitis B: public policy, epidemiology, vaccine and drugs.

Test No 060917 / Management / Deadline 6 September 2017

Healthcare Science Apprenticeships

Test No 070317 / Clinical Chemistry / Deadline 4 October 2017

Toxicology in clinical laboratories: challenging times.

Test No 070517 / Immunology / Deadline 4 October 2017

Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis disease associated with inborn errors of IL-17 immunity.

Test No 080217 / Transfusion Science / Deadline 1 November 2017

A and B antigen levels acquired by group O donor-derived erythrocytes following ABO-non-identical transfusion or minor ABO-incompatible haematopoietic stem cell transplantatio

Test No 080717 / Cellular Pathology / Deadline 1 November 2017

Evaluation of the optimal provision of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded material for reverse transcription-PCR in soft-tissue tumour diagnosis

Test No 201703 / Haematology / Revised Deadline 6 September 2017

Potential pitfalls of serum free light chain analysis to assess treatment response for multiple myeloma.

Test No 201707 / Haematology / Deadline 4 October 2017

The diagnosis and management of primary autoimmune haemolytic anaemia.

Test No 301709 / Immunology / Deadline Wednesday 6 December 2017

The diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune encephalitis