Our Fellow membership is for members working at the highest level of their profession
Being an IBMS Fellow is a prestigious achievement and something to be proud of. You will be at the highest level of the profession and will be able to add our designatory letters FIBMS. This will broadcast to your colleagues and peers that you have achieved the highest professional standards and that you are a champion of best practice.
Benefits of becoming an IBMS Fellow
Expand your knowledge with:
- advanced qualifications tailored to enhance your career progression
- The Biomedical Scientist and the British Journal of Biomedical Science
- all the latest professional news, information and learning resources on the IBMS website
- through the Science Council’s Chartered Scientist register
- become a recognised leader in your field as an IBMS Advisory Panel Member and Examiner
- recognition of your professional and academic achievements through the use of designatory letters FIBMS
Develop your skills with:
- our CPD ePortfolio
- journal based learning
- IBMS CPD Officer and Registration Portfolio Verifier and Specialist Portfolio Examiner roles
- IBMS Region and Branch Officer and Council Officer roles
- professional policies and guidance to support you in your practice
- cover under our Group Medical Malpractice and Public Liability insurance
- grants and prizes to support research, learning and development
- saving money through our member discount scheme
Connect with biomedical science professionals and shape IBMS policy:
- through our region and branch network
- become part of our social media community and forum
- shape IBMS policy through our Member Engagement Group
- share your expertise and become an advocate for the profession as an IBMS Representative or Nominee
Find out more about the benefits of joining the IBMS here.
Who can join?
To become a Fellow of the IBMS you must hold:
- an IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma, Diploma of Higher Specialist Practice, or
- an IBMS Diploma in Expert Practice in Non-Gynaecological Cytology + an IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Non-Gynaecological Cytology or
- an IBMS Diploma in Expert Practice in Histological Dissection + an IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Specimen Dissection
- equivalent level professional qualification (e.g. HSST), or
- hold a biomedical science-related D-level academic qualification (e.g. PhD, Professional Doctorate), or UK NARIC confirmed equivalent and have five years professional experience in an area related to biomedical science
Or you can apply via the IBMS experiential route to become a Fellow.
To find out more about renewing or upgrading your membership visit our FAQ page.
How to join
Download and complete an IBMS Membership Application form.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org along with:
- copies of relevant qualification certificates, and
- payment (IBMS membership fees + £20 registration fee)
You can also send your application by post to: Membership, IBMS, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL.
For more information on joining the IBMS visit our FAQ page.
I joined the IBMS back in 1981 as a trainee medical laboratory scientific officer and feel that it is now stronger and better than ever. The quality of publications and events has improved year on year. Take a look at what the IBMS can do for you and in turn how you can give back to the next generation of biomedical scientists.
I am proud to be a biomedical scientist and would definitely recommend joining.