We expect members to be in the most appropriate grade of membership based on their qualifications and experience.

IBMS membership

Do I need to join the IBMS to become HCPC registered?

No - you can become Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered by demonstrating that you meet their standards of proficiency by completing an IBMS Accredited or HCPC approved honours degree and an IBMS Certificate of Competence.

Visit our HCPC registration page for more information. 


What is a biomedical science related subject?

Any degree in a subject that is referred to as being within the biomedical science QAA benchmark statement*.

Subjects related to biomedical science include:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular and cell biology
  • Biochemistry (including medical biochemistry)
  • Immunology (including clinical immunology)
  • Microbiology (including biotechnology)
  • Reproductive science (e.g embryology)
  • Cellular pathology
  • Medical microbiology
  • Haematology

Please note, this list is indicative and not exclusive.

If you have any questions about whether your qualification makes you eligible for Licentiate membership please email the Membership Team

*Please see subjects listed under Defining Principles 2.2 of the QAA benchmark statement.

My professional qualification isnt listed

If your professional qualification is not listed under the IBMS membership grades, please email the Membership Team

Can I apply without my degree certificate?

Yes - we will accept official notification of your degree results on University headed paper. However, you must send in a copy of your degree certificate as soon as it is issued.

My qualifications are from overseas

Please visit our overseas membership page for information on how to join the IBMS or upgrade your membership with qualifications gained overseas.

Professional experience  

How do I provide one year's professional experience?

To provide evidence of your professional biomedical science related experience, you will need to send us a supporting statement from your laboratory manager confirming that your professional experience equates to that of an honours graduate, along with your application form and a copy of your degree certificate.

Your laboratory manager needs to complete the supporting statement form, confirming that you demonstrate the higher level skills and other attributes of an honours graduate biomedical scientist. If your laboratory manager is not an IBMS member, the supporting statement will need to be sent as an attachment to subs@ibms.org from your laboratory manager’s work email address or on official letter headed paper.

These skills and attributes are included in the supporting statement that your laboratory manager needs to complete as part of your application to join the IBMS. 

Does my professional experience need to be in the UK?

No - your professional experience gained abroad can count towards any professional experience requirements for IBMS membership.

Science Council registration 

How do I register for Science Council registration?

Visit our Science Council registration page for more information on how to apply and the benefits. 

Fees and payment 

How do I pay my membership subscription fee?

You can pay by sterling bank draft, credit or debit card or by setting up an annual or monthly direct debit.

Please note
It is not possible to pay by direct debit if you are joining in the last quarter of the year (i.e. Oct start date). 

Overseas members without a UK bank account will be required to pay their membership subscription fee by sterling bank draft or credit card.

How do I pay my registration fee?

A registration fee is payable when you join us for the first time, or if you rejoin us after your membership has lapsed. 

Please include the £20 registration fee with your initial membership fee payment.

How do I cancel my membership?

Please send an email to subs@ibms.org with your IBMS number and date of birth to confirm that you would like to cancel your membership.

Cancellations cannot be back dated and will only be actioned on or after the date the request is received.

Can I still use my designatory letters if my membership has lapsed?

No - when your IBMS membership ceases you can no longer use the IBMS’s designatory initials (LIBMS/MIBMS/FIBMS). Your access to services in the members’ area of the website will also cease, including our CPD scheme.

Please note: If you have Science Council membership that has been awarded through the IBMS you can no longer use their designatory initials either.

Welcome pack

How long does the application process last and when will I recieve my welcome pack?

It takes the Membership Team up to 4 weeks to process each application. 

Once you have sent in all required information and documents and your application has been processed, you will receive your welcome pack.


Can I rejoin if my membership has lapsed?

Yes - to rejoin the IBMS at the same grade of membership you must reapply and make payment of your subscription fees and the £20 registration fee.

You will not need to resubmit any copies of qualification certificates that you have previously sent to us, unless requested. 

Please note
If you apply to re-join in the same year that your membership lapsed, the full year's membership fee will apply

Can I rejoin the IBMS at a higher membership grade if my membership has lapsed?

Yes - providing you meet the requirements you will be admitted to the higher grade of membership at the point of rejoining.

If you are rejoining and/or upgrading you will need to pay a £20 registration fee.  

Updating your personal information 

I have changed my name, how do I update my record?

Please email subs@ibms.org with a copy of your marriage or civil partnership certificate or deed poll confirming your change of name and we will action it for you.

How do I add a suffix or certification to my profile name?

Please send an email to subs@ibms.org with a copy of the relevant certificate and we will action it for you.

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.

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