International news

Featuring news and updates from the International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IFBLS) and the European Association for Professions in Biomedical Science

 The IFBLS seeks to increase recognition and contributions of biomedical laboratory science to improve global health. 



International Biomedical Laboratory Science Day 2018

The International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IAMLT) established BLS Day in 1996 at the World Congress in Oslo, Norway to promote and celebrate the key role of Biomedical Laboratory personnel in diagnostic and preventive health care systems.

The purpose of BLS Day is to increase the awareness of the role that Biomedical Laboratory Scientists have in providing health care. Biomedical Laboratory Scientists play a key role in diagnosis, quality development and assurance, treatment, research and development in the modern medical sciences.

International BLS Day provides a day to promote and celebrate ourselves as a profession.

The theme for the day is selected by the IFBLS Board of Directors and is related to health issues and supports the UN and WHO Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The theme for 2018 is: “Antibiotic Resistance: Biomedical Laboratory Scientists respond to the global threat”

Biomedical Laboratory Scientists are one of the largest groups of health-care professionals, and have a vital role in medicine and public health.

See the guidelines for celebrating BLS Day, and the attached event flyer for more information.



33rd World Congress of Biomedical Laboratory Science
IBMS members are eligible to apply for IFBLS awards 

The International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science welcomes applications for their 2018 Awards.

These awards will be held at the 33rd World Congress of Biomedical Laboratory Science in Florence, Italy on the 22-26 September. IBMS members are eligible to apply and are encouraged to submit an application for these awards.


Note to applicants

On the application forms it is listed ‘name of Associate member’. In the context of this, the Associate member is the Institute of Biomedical Science.  Applicants must therefore be a member of the IBMS and should contact for IBMS endorsement of their application. 


Student Award

The Student award allows a student with restricted financial resources to attend the IFBLS World Congress and Student forum, and to encourage their involvement in IFBLS activities.

The IBMS will support one application for the Student Award. To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  • be an IBMS member
  • be registered on an IBMS accredited undergraduate degree at the time of application and in the final year of completion

To apply, interested students should send a completed application form to with a cover letter of no more than 500 words on why they wish to attend. The deadline for this is 31st March 2018.  Applications received after this date will not be considered.


IFBLS newsletters

November 2017 

December 2017


IFBLS Journals

International Journal of Biomedical Laboratory Science(IJBLS) Vol. 6, No. 1&2:1-23