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

Good Professional Practice for Biomedical Scientists

Supervision of Biomedical Support Staff (Assistant and Associate Practitioners)

Staffing and Workload in Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Services

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

Communication of Pathology Results 


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


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 Terms of Reference

UKTLC Minutes November 2017

UKTLC Minutes May 2017

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 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 SHOT Annual Reports and Summaries can be found here.


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)