Benefits of IBMS Membership

There are lots of benefits for being an IBMS member

Enhance your knowledge of biomedical science

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Our CPD scheme is designed to improve your professional practice. Our easy to use online system enables you to record your CPD at work or at home. Our CPD events will enable you to network and learn, helping you to meet your requirements for achieving and maintaining professional registration. 

Grants and bursaries

Our grants and bursaries help support the latest advancements in biomedical science research and are frequently used to support our members. 


Our professional and scientific journals are the leading publications in biomedical science. 

The Biomedical Scientist features current professional and scientific developments, vacancies, news and analysis as a monthly publication. 

British Journal of Biomedical Science 
IBMS members can benefit from free publication in the journal.

Develop your practice for career progression


Our qualifications and training are designed to allow our members to enhance their understanding of biomedical science, enabling you to develop your career. 

Whether you are beginning your journey into biomedical science as a graduate, you work as laboratory support staff, an entry level biomedical scientist looking to advance your career, or are at the top of your career as a specialist biomedical scientist, we have qualifications designed just for you.

Supporting the profession and you


Professional guidance

Our policies and guidelines are the benchmark for standards in biomedical science and in the laboratory. We enable the profession to deliver safe, high-quality care by setting standards for the profession and supporting biomedical scientists in their practice.

Verifiers and examiners

Becoming an IBMS Portfolio Verifier or Examiner is an excellent opportunity for you to give something back to the profession and to share your expertise and knowledge, for CPD and for engaging with a network of biomedical scientists who share a common interest in training and maintaining professional standards.

Public engagement

Public engagement is a rewarding way for our members to support and promote the profession and to inspire the next generation of biomedical scientists. To promote the importance of biomedical science, we encourage our members to take part in public engagement activities such as careers fairs, school trips and laboratory tours. To support their events we provide a range of resources and marketing materials specially designed to promote biomedical science.  

Be recognised for your hard work and achievements

Awards and prizes

We offer a range of awards and prizes for our members. Held throughout the year they recognise achievements and celebrate knowledge, skills and dedicated service to the profession. 

Designatory letters

IBMS designatory letters are used by our members as recognition of their professional status amongst their peers and fellow professionals. 

Code of conduct

Our Code of Conduct ensures that you are aware of the expectations you are required to maintain to uphold professional standards. Our members are expected to display the highest standards of professionalism and are committed to ethical conduct. 

Get involved with our network of members

With over 20,000 members, we have a range of roles for you to participate, connect and to help shape our future. 

Regions and branches

The IBMS regions and branches network enables members, across the UK and around the world, to work together to promote the IBMS, enabling you to get involved at a local level and meet with other regional members. 

Discussion groups

Our discussion groups are discipline specific and run by an elected committee who organise scientific events, courses and forums. Joining a discussion group will allow you to connect with fellow members in your specific field of interest. 

Council and committees

Our Council is made up of elected regional and national representatives who make key decisions and develop our policies and strategies, on behalf of the biomedical science profession. As a proactive member you will have the opportunity to become an elected Council member to help shape our future. 

Advisory panels

Advisory panels are made up of members who are experts in their specialist areas. They advise us on science and policy offering discipline specific scientific expertise and guidance. As a member with expertise in your field, you can join an advisory panel and will have the chance to guide us with your knowledge. 

Save money with our additional benefits

IBMS Additions

Save the cost of your membership with IBMS Additions, our free discount scheme for all UK members. Offers include a huge range of lifestyle products and services from cinema tickets and holidays to health clubs and top UK attractions, there are savings on offer to suit everyone. 

Access to legal advice 24/7

Members can access our legal assistance helpline for expert legal advice at any time. Calls are confidential, free of charge and can be used for advice on any legal issues you may have in the workplace or at home. 

Case study

Being an IBMS member has helped me throughout my career. I regularly use their online forums to talk to other professionals, offering me help and advice. It has also helped me to become involved in the profession, meeting with other members through the Discussion Groups and at AGMs as well as at Congress.

Roslyn Devlin
Licentiate member