Laboratory Training Approval

The IBMS approves laboratories to train candidates towards its portfolio based qualifications

There are three categories of training approval, which link to three levels of IBMS qualifications: 

Support Staff Training Approval

Training laboratory support staff through the IBMS Certificate of Achievement Parts I and II.


Pre-Registration Training Approval 

Training biomedical scientists for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council through the IBMS Registration Portfolio, leading to the Certificate of Competence.


Post-Registration Training Approval

Training qualified biomedical scientists in specialist areas through the IBMS Specialist Diploma.


The IBMS maintains an up-to-date database of approved laboratories at a departmental level, including key training staff within each department. This list of key staff is expected to match any named staff on any portfolio application.

Please note
IBMS training approval links only to IBMS qualifications and not to any other training schemes.


Making an application for training approval

You can apply for training approval in either of two ways, depending on the previous approval status of your laboratory:

  1. If you are looking to renew your laboratory’s training approval status or apply for additional levels of training approval, please submit the completed IBMS Laboratory Training Approval Declaration Form. If you are looking for additional levels of approval or additional Specialist Portfolio disciplines please provide the completed training programme for the qualification ( Note: The IBMS Laboratory Approval Training Programme Template can be used as a guide if needed). The application and supporting documentation should be submitted to 
  2. If your laboratory has not previously applied for training approval, you will need to submit a full set of training documentation which includes the declaration form, training programme and training policy.

Please note
In the interest of streamlining this process, we can only accept applications made by email.

If you have already applied for training approval and are awaiting an outcome, your application will continue to be assessed according to our existing process.

It is the responsibility of the individual laboratory to communicate any changes in training or staff to the IBMS by completing a Laboratory Contacts Update Form and emailing it to


Please see the IBMS Clinical Laboratory Training Standards and IBMS Laboratory Training Approval Guidance document for detailed guidance on the laboratory approval process. If you have questions regarding this process which are not covered in the guidance, please contact us at