Code of Conduct

All individuals working in biomedical science are members of a scientific profession and as such are expected to maintain and uphold professional standards. Membership of the Institute of Biomedical Science brings with it additional responsibilities; all members are expected to display the highest standards of professionalism and a commitment to ethical conduct, giving at all times due care and consideration to others and putting the interests of the patient first.

These professional attitudes and behaviours are embodied in the Institute of Biomedical Science Code of Conduct, by which all members are bound to abide and uphold.

The Code applies to all members of the Institute of Biomedical Science (Associates, Student Associates, Licentiates, Members and Fellows).

The Code applies at all times to Institute of Biomedical Science members’ conduct in their work, but will also be taken into consideration where their conduct in other contexts could reasonably be considered to reflect on the profession.

The Code consists of principles, which IBMS members are expected to observe in the interests of patients care and in order to promote confidence in the profession of biomedical science.


Code of Conduct

A member of the Institute of Biomedical Science will:

1. Professionalism


Uphold the name and reputation of the Institute of Biomedical Science and the biomedical science profession and practice according to its responsibilities, standards, ethics and laws.


Maintain the highest standards of professional practice and act in the best interests of patients, the service and other professionals.


Respect the confidentiality of patients, employer, and service users unless disclosure is permitted by law and justified in the patient’s interest.


Not practise, nor impose upon others to practise, in conditions where professional integrity, standards and laws would be compromised.

2. Competence


Understand and work within the limits of their professional knowledge, skills and experience.


Never delegate a task or duty to anyone who is not trained, qualified or experienced sufficiently to undertake it without supervision.

Ensure that colleagues under their management are fully supervised and supported.


Exercise and continually develop their professional knowledge and skill throughout their professional life.

Communicate effectively and meet all applicable reporting standards.

3. Behaviour


Not allow bias, conflict of interest, or the undue influence of others, to override their professional judgement, or to compromise their professional roles or duty of care.


Take action without delay if patient safety or service delivery is at risk according to local and national ‘whistleblowing’ guideline.


Treat all patients, service users and colleagues respectfully and equally without any discrimination or prejudice that could hurt or embarrass.


Co-operate with employer and professional colleagues in the interests of providing a safe and high-quality service.