In the UK, biomedical scientists are legally required to be registered with the HCPC to practice in healthcare laboratories.

Anyone who wants to become a biomedical scientist must first pass either an IBMS accredited biomedical science degree course, an HCPC approved honours degree or undertake supplementary education/top-up modules to meet HCPC standards of proficiency.

How you can register

To register as a biomedical scientist with the HCPC, you will need to demonstrate that you meet their standards of proficiency through a combination of academic qualifications and clinical laboratory training:

  1. Your undergraduate degree must meet all the necessary academic criteria set out in the HCPC standards of education and training
  2. During your clinical laboratory training, you will need to complete a Registration Training Portfolio - an IBMS portfolio based qualification designed to demonstrate that you meet HCPC standards of proficiency. 
  3. When successfully completed, and verified by an IBMS verifier, you will be awarded an IBMS Certificate of Competence that demonstrates you have met HCPC standards of proficiency. You can now apply to be registered as a biomedical scientist.