Degree assessment for HCPC registration

The IBMS assesses non-accredited qualifications against HCPC education standards to determine whether individuals will need to undertake supplementary education/top-up modules to meet HCPC standards of proficiency for biomedical scientists.

Note: To ensure a timely response to your documentation we would encourage you to submit everything electronically to us via email.

How to apply

To help, please read the guidance document and degree assessment FAQs.

For data protection purposes we have split the application into two distinct parts:

  • Download the Application Guidance document and Degree assessment frequently asked questions document for guidance while preparing your documentation.
  • Part A should be a single PDF document containing the applicant’s personal information (including proof of identification, degree certificate and academic transcript) and will remain within the IBMS database. Please see Part A of the application form for criteria and further details of what is required. 
  • Part B should be a single PDF document containing the module content of the applicant’s qualification(s) and the front cover page provided. This part is designed to be sent to external assessors or assessed internally, so module content must be visibly authenticated (printed on university headed paper or stamped by the university), presented in the order they appear in the corresponding academic transcript, orientated for easy viewing and clear. (For reasons of confidentiality and data protection, personal information of the applicant is not made available to external assessors).

Applicants are advised to read both parts of the form and accompanying guidance document carefully before making an application as we can only accept applications which adhere to the format stipulated. Any applications made which do not follow the required format will be returned.

Once completed, both parts of the application should be sent as two attachments to for a member of the team to process. If you cannot attach the documents to an email we suggest you use a secure online file sharing service.

Please note
The degree assessment process can take up to a maximum of 12 weeks to fully complete, which begins from the time an application is confirmed to contain all required information as part of the initial screening process.

Once the assessment process has been completed, you will receive a confirmation letter and a copy of the assessment review form indicating the areas of education you will need to cover in order to meet the HCPC’s academic requirements for registration.


Arranging to take top-up modules

You will need to contact IBMS accredited universities directly to arrange to take any required top-up modules. Visit our Careers website for the list of accredited universities and their top-up modules

Please contact course tutors by email, including a copy of your degree assessment outcome letter, to see if their university offers top-up modules in the subjects required by your degree assessment.

Different universities will offer different modules structures and modes of study (full-time, part-time, online etc.) and you will need to identify the best university for your situation.

The portfolio can be completed concurrently with the supplementary education; Once you have received your outcome letter and provide us with proof of enrolment. However, your training officer will not be able to apply for your portfolio to be verified until you have completed all required top-up modules.


Once you complete any supplementary education 

When you have completed any recommended top-up modules you will need a letter from the university stating the specific modules you have taken and confirming that these cover the required areas of supplementary education.

This letter will be used to evidence your completion of the necessary academic standards towards the Certificate of Competence, and will need to be submitted to the IBMS either with your application for the Registration Training Portfolio or by the time your training officer applies for your portfolio to be verified (a copy of this letter is usually included with an application for verification).



IBMS accredited degrees in the context of HCPC registration

The IBMS may also have to assess IBMS accredited degrees in cases where the degree was awarded some time ago. Please see the timeline below for further information. 

IBMS degrees have been accredited since the mid-1970’s. In terms of their suitability for HCPC registration the following timelines apply:


There was no QAA subject benchmark and the IBMS criteria for accreditation were complimentary to the standards required for CPSM registration.  All IBMS accredited degrees commenced before 2003 should be assessed to determine their suitability for HCPC registration.

2002 – 2007

QAA benchmark statement for Biomedical Science (2002) did not include Medical/Clinical Genetics as a named discipline. Similarly the HCPC standards of proficiency until they were reviewed in 2007.   IBMS degrees accredited during this time should be assessed for the presence of Medical/Clinical Genetics.

2008 onwards

IBMS accreditation from 2008 was against the QAA subject benchmark statement for Biomedical Science (2007) which included Clinical Genetics. These degrees met the HCPC academic requirements for the standards of proficiency for biomedical scientists from 2008.


Revised HCPC standards of proficiency for biomedical scientists were published December 2014 and the following year a revised QAA subject benchmark statement for Biomedical Science (November 2015) was published. These have been the reference documents for IBMS degrees accredited from September 2016. There were no significant changes to the curriculum and degrees accredited from 2008 continue to meet HCPC requirements.