All individuals working in biomedical science are members of a scientific profession and are expected to maintain and uphold professional standards.

Membership of the IBMS brings with it additional responsibilities. All members are expected to display the highest standards of professionalism and a commitment to ethical conduct, giving at all times due care and consideration to others and putting the interests of the patient first.

These professional attitudes and behaviours are embodied in the IBMS Code of Conduct, by which all members are bound to abide and uphold upon joining.

The Code applies to all members of the IBMS.

The Code applies at all times to members’ conduct in their work, but will also be taken into consideration where their conduct in other contexts could reasonably be considered to reflect on the profession.

The Code consists of principles, which IBMS members are expected to observe in the interests of patients care and in order to promote confidence in the profession of biomedical science.


Code of Conduct

All members of the IBMS will:

1. Professionalism

Uphold the name and reputation of the IBMS and the biomedical science profession and practice according to its responsibilities, standards, ethics and laws.

Maintain the highest standards of professional practice and act in the best interests of patients, the service and other professionals.

Respect the confidentiality of patients, employer, and service users unless disclosure is permitted by law and justified in the patient’s interest.

Not practise, nor impose upon others to practise in conditions where professional integrity, standards and laws would be compromised.

2. Competence

Understand and work within the limits of their professional knowledge, skills and experience.

Never delegate a task or duty to anyone who is not trained, qualified or experienced sufficiently to undertake it without supervision.

Ensure that colleagues under their management are fully supervised and supported.

Exercise and continually develop their professional knowledge and skill throughout their professional life.

Communicate effectively and meet all applicable reporting standards.

3. Behaviour

Not allow bias, conflict of interest, or the undue influence of others, override their professional judgement.

Take action without delay if patient safety or service delivery is at risk according to local and national 'whistleblowing' guideline.

Treat all patients, service users and colleagues respectfully and equally without any discrimination or prejudice that could compromise their professional roles or duty of care.

Co-operate with employer and professional colleagues in the interests of providing a safe and high-quality service.