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  


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

Communication of Pathology Results 

Good Professional Practice for Biomedical Scientists

Guidance on Quality Management in Laboratories

Patient Sample Request and Identification From Criteria 

Supervision of Biomedical Support Staff (Assistant and Associate Practitioners)


Laboratory training approval and clinical standards  

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

Laboratory Training Standards for IBMS Qualifications

 For further details on IBMS Laboratory Approval, please visit our dedicated Training Laboratory page

Joint guidance  

Joint IBMS - Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) guidance

Guidelines for Handling Medicolegal Specimens and Preserving the Chain of Evidence

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 Terms of Reference

UKTLC Minutes - May 2019

UKTLC Minutes - November 2019

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 2019 UK Transfusion Laboratories Culture Survey Report can be found here.

Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) Reports

The Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) collects and analyses anonymised information reported in the UK about serious adverse reactions and events related to blood transfusion and then makes recommendations to improve patient and transfusion safety. The 2019 Annual SHOT  Report and Summary can be found here. This page includes additional supplementary data for certain chapters and a link to enable you to download individual chapters if required.

SHOT have also produced a number of resources to support the publication of the report. These include all case studies, figures, key messages and recommendations; safe transfusion checklist and Anti-D aide memoire; paediatric SHOT video and SHOT doodle messages. These can be found here.


Guidance Resources

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

IBMS options and considerations for staff changing discipline or retraining 2019

Standards for the management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Acting as an expert or professional witness
A guidance document for healthcare professionals from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Tissue pathways for diagnostic cytopathology
Royal College of Pathologists