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Professional guidance

The IBMS enables our profession to deliver safe, high-quality care by setting standards for the profession and supporting biomedical scientists in their practice  

IBMS professional guidance is developed by scientific and professional experts that include members of the IBMS Advisory Panels and Education and Professional Standards Committee.  

 


IBMS benchmark policies  

 Standards of professional competence and conduct expected of biomedical science professionals in all aspects of their professional practice

IBMS benchmark policies support the delivery of safe, efficient laboratory services

Good Professional Practice for Biomedical Scientists

Supervision of Biomedical Support Staff (Assistant and Associate Practitioners)

Staffing and Workload in Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Services

Management of Laboratory Training 

Guidance on Quality Management in Laboratories

Patient Sample Request and Identification From Criteria 

Point of Care Testing Please note: this guidance is currently under review

Giving Results over the Telephone Please note: this guidance is currently under review

 


Laboratory training approval and clinical standards  

Clinical Laboratory Standards for IBMS Qualifications

 

 

Standards for laboratory training and good practice for laboratories delivering IBMS qualifications

Guidance on Achieving IBMS Laboratory Training Approval to deliver IBMS Qualifications

Clinical Laboratory Standards for IBMS Qualifications

 


Joint guidance  

Joint IBMS - Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) guidance

Guidelines for Handling Medicolegal Specimens and Preserving the Chain of Evidence

This guidance is currently under review and will be going out to consultation shortly 

Guidelines for the Release of Specimens and Data to the Police and other Law Enforcement Agencies

This guidance is currently under review and will be going out to consultation shortly

The Retention and Storage of Pathological Records and Specimens   

Joint IBMS, British Association for Cytopathology (BAC) and Royal College of Pathologists guidance

Role of biomedical scientists within the provision of a non-gynaecological cytology service

Updated guidance addressing changes in the non-gynaecological cytology service model.

 


United Kingdom Transfusion Laboratory Collaborative (UKTLC)

UKTLC Minutes May 2016

UKLTC Minutes November 2016

UK Transfusion Laboratory Collaborative: Recommended Minimum Standards for Hospital Transfusion Laboratories
Recommendations of the UK Transfusion Laboratory Collaborative, which have also been sent to all laboratory and service managers.

The responses to the 2017 UKLTC survey are currently being analysed. More information about the results from the survey will be published later in the year.

Guidance Resources

Guidance on access to health records for diagnostic staff
The National Information Governance Board for Health and Social Care has published guidance Access to Health Records by Diagnostic Staff - Guidance for Patients and Healthcare Professionals.

Achievable standards, Benchmarks for reporting, and Criteria for evaluating cervical cytopathology

Standards for the management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)