Upgrade your IBMS membership today

There are a number of membership grades to support you at every stage of your career.

Upgrade your IBMS membership to benefit from enhanced services, greater opportunities for involvement and access to additional IBMS qualifications.

For each level of upgrade, please email subs@ibms.org with a copy of your qualification certificate* for your completed degree, diploma or certificate.

*We will accept official notification of your degree results on University headed paper. However, you must send in a copy of your degree certificate as soon as it is issued.




If you hold a UK BSc Hons degree in a subject related to biomedical science you can now upgrade to become a Licentiate of the IBMS. Please send a copy of your degree certificate to subs@ibms.org with a copy of your degree certificate.

If you did not graduate with a UK BSc (Hons) in a subject related to biomedical science but have a minimum of one year's professional experience and are currently working at the level of a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered biomedical scientist, you will need to provide a supporting statement from your laboratory manager confirming that your professional experience equates to that of an honours graduate along with a copy of your degree certificate. Please send both documents to subs@ibms.org.



Graduates may upgrade to Member status with:

  • IBMS Specialist DiplomaDiploma of Specialist Practice
  • equivalent level professional qualification (e.g. CPSM/IBMS discipline specific log book, STP, BBTS Specialist Certificate, BISHI Diploma, SMLTSA professional board exam)   
  • a biomedical science related, postgraduate M-level academic qualification (e.g. MSc,  MPhil, MBA), or UK ENIC confirmed equivalent and have two years professional experience in an area related to biomedical science
  • two years relevant professional experience plus a Certificate of Expert Practice in either Point of Care Testing, Molecular Pathology or Laboratory IT and Clinical Informatics.



A Fellow of the IBMS must hold one of the following:

Alternatively, you can now apply to become a Fellow via the IBMS experiential route


Overseas graduates

If you would like to upgrade your IBMS membership with a qualification attained outside the UK, you will need to contact UK ENIC to have your qualification verified. 

Please note
The IBMS Membership Team may be able to check the comparability of your qualifications for the purpose of being admitted to IBMS membership, with UK ENIC for a fee of £30. However, we will not be able to issue you with a UK ENIC Statement of Comparability. Please contact mc@ibms.org for further information. 

Membership fees

If you have already paid your membership fee in full for the current year, you will not pay the higher membership grade’s membership fee until the next calendar year.

However, you will be able to enjoy all the benefits of your new grade of IBMS membership as soon as your upgrade has been processed.

If you are paying by monthly direct debit, it will be automatically amended to your new membership fee when your upgrade is processed.

If your subscription fee is still outstanding, you will be expected to pay the membership fee for your new grade of membership when your upgrade is processed.

You can find the IBMS membership fee rates here.

Our current processing time for upgrades is 6 to 8 weeks - we thank you for our continued patience as we are working through a very large volume of email applications.

Please also find our help pages on joining the IBMSContinuing Professional Development and HCPC registration.