Standing Committees

IBMS Standing Committees are formed by IBMS Council members and IBMS staff who work together. Each committee meets four times a year and is responsible for defined areas of IBMS policy:

Education and Professional Standards Committee (EPSC)

Is responsible for areas including:

  • Accreditation of academic programmes
  • Development and monitoring of laboratory training policy
  • Development and monitoring of CPD policy
  • Professional examinations
  • Prizes, awards and research grants
  • Reporting panels and committees (advisory panels, accreditation panels, examiners, quality and training, cytology, histological dissection, immunocytochemistry)


Finance and Rick Committee (FRC)

Is responsible for areas including:

  • Developing the Institute's financial strategy
  • Monitoring financial performance 
  • Recommending budget and subscription proposals to Council
  • Determining the financial strategy for Congress
  • Ensuring financial controls are in place 
  • Reviewing investment objectives and performance
  • Identify and review strategic risks and advise Council accordingly


Membership & Marketing Committee (MMC)

Is responsible for areas including:

  • Membership
  • Corporate identity
  • Publicity and marketing
  • Scientific advice and representation
  • Reporting panels and committees (history, website, Congress, company members, editorial board)


Other standing committees

Remuneration Committee 

Meeting once a year, the committee is responsible for reviewing the terms and conditions of employment of the Chief Executive.

Audit Committee  

The committee, who meet once a year, acts as a bridge between the external auditor and Council.

History Committee

Oversee the history of the IBMS and biomedical science, as well as maintaining the IBMS library. 

Council and Committee observers

As part of our commitment to open and transparent governance, the IBMS allows observers to attend Council and Committee meetings

IBMS members can attend:

  • IBMS Council

  • Education and Professional Standards Committee (EPSC)

  • Membership and Marketing Committee (MMC) 

To attend IBMS Council or committee meetings as an observer, please contact to book your place.

Please read our Information for Council and Committee Observers before booking your place at a meeting.