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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 Journal of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IJBLS) Vol. 10, No. 1:1-35 IFBLS vol 10
April, 2021



  • International Journal of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IJBLS) - Quality Information, Peer-reviewed and Relevant Knowledge - Patricia Tille
  • Have your talent recognized, publish your research - Alan Wainwright
  • Laboratory spotlight – Healthcare and Biomedical Laboratory Science Practice in the Philippines -  Evangeline R. Castillo, Rommel F. Saceda

Brief Communication

  • World Health Organization Essential in vitro Diagnostics 2020 - Marie Culliton

Original Research Articles

  • Rapid screening model for identifying patients with suspected intravascular hemolysis to improve patient care and reduce sample rejection rates in clinical chemistry - Gabriel Garang Pioth, Gay Janet Davis, Uba Nwose, Philip Bwititi
  • Expression of the Forssman antigen in gastrointestinal cancer - Tiago Silva, Diana Martins, Paulo Teixeira, Cristiana Mourato, Rúben Nunes, Carolina Melo, Clara Rocha, Simone Oliveira, Inês Mónica, Lucília Conceição, Daniel Almeida, Inês Oliveira, Fernando Mendes
  • Great interest in a Swedish nationally regulated specialist education among biomedical laboratory scientists and biomedical laboratory scientist students - Quttineh M, Heldestad V, Wijkmark T, Rehnberg M, Lillsunde Larsson G


IFBLS2020 - Rescheduling to August 24th-28th, 2021

Due to the evolving situation with the Covid-19 virus pandemic, and following the guidance of the World Health Organization, the Danish Health Authority, and other national authorities on mass gatherings during the outbreak, the difficult decision has been made to postpone the 34th IFBLS World Congress of Biomedical Laboratory Science, which was to be held 1-5 September 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Read the full statement>>


To facilitate the exchange of experiences and resources regarding the laboratory perspective of the current Coronavirus pandemic, a Forum is now available on the EPBS webpage. Visit the forum>>

A letter from EPBS President Fernando Mendes

On 11/03/20, the EPBS President Fernando Mendes has shared a letter regarding COVID-19.


IBMS Executive Head of Education Alan Wainwright to speak at SMLTSA Congress 2019

Thursday 24th October's session covers IBMS degree accreditation, HCPC regulation & training, IFBLS (International Federation of Biomedical Science) with an integrated theme of ethics and opportunities for students.

Friday 25th October 's session is a 2 hr workshop on Core Values in Biomedical Science and will look at this from a variety of perspectives (Institutional, Professional and Regulatory bodies, the profession, generational and individual and future developments).

Wednesday 30th October's session, in conjunction with the University of Johannesburg, is a 60 min public lecture on Core Values and 4IR (the 4th generation industrial revolution).

IBMS Executive Head of Education Alan Wainwright to speak at EPBS Conference

The European Association for Professions in Biomedical Sciences (EPBS) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a conference and gala dinner associated with its General Governing Body meeting on 12th October 2019.  

Under the theme of external influences Alan Wainwright, IBMS Executive Head of Education and President-Elect of the International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science, will be giving a presentation on the impact of the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) and the work of IFBLS in promoting the biomedical laboratory science profession.

For more information, see our news story.


A letter from EPBS President Fernando Mendes

EPBS President Fernando Mendes shares his thoughts for the year in a letter to members. 


EPBS Conference programme announced

The European Association for Professions in Biomedical Science has released a preliminary programme for their upcoming conference: Future of Biomedical Science: dark clouds or blue skies, 12 October 2019


Alan Wainwright guest speaker at AUMS and NZIMLS South Pacific Congress

The registration and abstract submission for the combined AUMS and NZIMLS South Pacific Congress is now open. 

Held from 17-19 September 2019 on the Gold Coast, this comprehensive program covers all disciplines and will offer delegates the chance to hear the latest developments and technologies, brush up on knowledge and catch up with colleagues. IFBLS President-Elect Alan Wainwright is a guest speaker at this event, and it is sure to be an excellent conference.


Alan Wainwright delivers NCD statement to WHO Executive Board

IFBLS President-Elect Alan Wainwright recently spoke at the 144th Session of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva, Switzerland in January.

He delivered the NCD statement to the Executive Board, and with his colleagues met with WHO Designated Technical Officer Adriana Velazquez Berumen.

April 15 will see International BLS Day, which has the theme: Non-communicable diseases: the role of biomedical laboratory scientists in detection, screening and treatment. More details can be found in the February 2019 IFLBS newsletter.


IFLBS 2018

Event report on IFBLS 33rd World Congress

The IFBA is pleased to have participated in the delivery of a biosafety session at the 33rd World Congress of the International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science, held on September 23, 2018 in Florence, Italy.

The Congress was jointly hosted by the International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IFBLS) and Antel Associazione Italiana Tecnici Sanitari di Laboratorio Biomedico. Under the theme of “Strengthening Global Biosafety”, the session focused on new biosafety strategies and technologies that are leading to enhanced laboratory facilities for the safe handling of infectious diseases and strengthened competency of laboratory workers and scientists working in these facilities. The IFBA is grateful to Dr. Viji Vijayan (IFBA Board Member, Singapore) for chairing the session and to the presenters who shared their experiences and knowledge.

More details of this event can be found online.


Doctoral programme sees first graduate in clinical laboratory science

The Rutgers School of Health Professions’ advanced practice doctorate in clinical laboratory science (DCLS) has passed its first graduate. Dr Brandy Gunsolus is the first graduate of this new programme.

This programme was supported by the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), an affiliate of the International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IFBLS). The IFBLS is delighted for Dr Gunsolus on her achievement and looks forward to hearing about more successful graduates from this innovative programme.


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.


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IFBLS Journals

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