We provide members with professional standards and support to help ensure safety, quality, well-being and peace of mind.
Being an IBMS Fellow demonstrates that your specialist knowledge and high professional standards are recognised and verified.
What's included in your membership?
From just £18 a month, you will have access to our benefits:
Access to the leading publications in biomedical science
IBMS professional and scientific journals ensure members are kept up to date on the latest news and guidance.
The Biomedical Scientist is our multi-award-winning, professional publication for biomedical science. The membership magazine is published monthly in print or digital format for all IBMS members.
The British Journal of Biomedical Science is open access and peer reviewed, publishing high-quality, original research. IBMS members can publish their research for free.
Get support for your studies and to attend events or be recognised for your work and achievements
IBMS members have access to a wide range of grants, awards and bursaries to support them in their studies or at work.
Demonstrate high levels of professional practice and ethical standards
By registering with the Science Council, IBMS members can access support in their application as a Chartered Scientist (CSci).
Save today with IBMS Additions
IBMS Additions gives members money off their shopping, travel, leisure activities, holidays, health and wellbeing, motoring and much more.
Cinema goers can also get up to 40% off their tickets!
Advice for the workplace or at home
If you are purchasing a property, involved in an accident, setting up a business or trying to ensure that you’ve made adequate provision for those closest to you, a discussion with a legal advisor would be an excellent first step.
IBMS members have 24/7 access to a free telephone legal helpline.
Demonstrate your professionalism
All IBMS members are expected to display the highest standards of professionalism and a commitment to ethical conduct by following and adhering to the IBMS Code of Conduct.
Join the network of over 20,000 IBMS members, take part in discussions and have your voice heard
IBMS membership groups are groupings of members who support our work. They are organised on a geographical basis (regions and branches), or by members’ specialist interest (discussion groups), or a combination of the two.
Keep up to date with all that is happening in the profession
IBMS members have access to regular newsletters that contain the latest information on biomedical science, events and news sent directly to their inbox.
Gain recognition of your professional and academic achievements
IBMS Fellows can use their designatory letters FIBMS to showcase their status as an IBMS member.
Demonstrate your highest level of advanced knowledge and skill
IBMS Advanced Specialist Diplomas link to professional doctorates and are aimed at the most senior members of the profession.
Find activities and events and somewhere to easily record your CPD
IBMS members can access our CPD system that is designed to support career development and professional registration with the HCPC and the Science Council.
Enjoy free access to The Biomedical Scientist Live
Held annually for our members as a digital event, it features a packed line-up of seminars, discussions and demonstrations for all members.
Exclusive invites are also open to IBMS members to our webinars and region and branches meetings, plus IBMS members can access discounted tickets to IBMS Congress – the biggest biomedical science event in Europe.
Give back to the profession and help support the next generation of biomedical scientists
The IBMS Mentoring programme is the perfect way for you to pass on your skills and knowledge as a mentor.
Get the latest information and guidance
IBMS members have access to an array of resources that can be used to help them in their work. They can also request additional support for any campaigns they are involved in, or ask us to address their concerns and to represent the profession’s interest through a position statement.
Promote the profession and inform the public about your role
IBMS members have access to a range of public engagement materials and support to help them take part or organise events. Resources include free copies of Superlab comics, marketing freebies and activity sheets aimed at different audiences.
Protection for IBMS members
Our new Trafalgar insurance scheme will give you the ability to select how you are employed, and then will provide you with access to a product which you can evaluate to see if that meets your own individual unique needs.
Access digital resources to develop your learning
IBMS members can access a range of online resources including Congress lectures, webinar recordings and education support hub workshops.
Who can become a Fellow?
To become an IBMS Fellow you must hold one of the following:
- an IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma or an IBMS Diploma of Higher Specialist Practice
- an IBMS Diploma in Expert Practice in Non-Gynaecological Cytology and an IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Non-Gynaecological Cytology
- an IBMS Diploma in Expert Practice in Histological Dissection and an IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Specimen Dissection
- an equivalent level professional qualification (e.g. HSST)
- a biomedical science-related D-level academic qualification (e.g. PhD, Professional Doctorate), or UK ENIC confirmed equivalent and have five years professional experience in an area related to biomedical science
- Alternatively, you can apply to become a Fellow via the IBMS Experiential route.
Become a Fellow
Reach the peak of the profession, help develop and improve laboratory practice, education, training and patient care, and help to inform our public voice and promote the profession
How to get in touch
Our membership team are on hand and always happy to answer any of your questions you have on joining us. Feel free to call or email for more help.
Did you know?
UK taxpayers can save money by claiming up to 20% tax relief on their IBMS membership fees. To help, we’ll let you know how as part of your joining process.