HCPC frequently asked questions

This list is compiled of the questions we receive the most. If you have a query, please read through before contacting us at [email protected]

Is my degree HCPC approved?

You can find a list of current and previously HCPC approved degree courses on the HCPC website.

Can I use an IBMS accredited Masters degree to meet HCPC education standards for registration?

An IBMS accredited postgraduate degree does not count towards the academic requirements for HCPC registration, but does meet the requirements for registration with the Science Council as a Chartered Scientist (CSci).

How do I renew my HCPC registration?

You can ensure that your name stays on the HCPC Register by renewing your HCPC registration by:

  • using your online HCPC account or
  • downloading and sending an HCPC renewal form and payment to the HCPC

How does the IBMS support me to maintain my HCPC registration?

The IBMS CPD scheme enables you to show you have met HCPC CPD standards by providing a framework for recording your CPD activity.

Our new CPD ePortfolio is designed so that you can easily download activities recorded in your ePortfolio in PDF and CSV format to use as evidence for your HCPC CPD audit.

The categories are used in the IBMS CPD scheme reflect HCPC CPD categories, which makes it easier for you to use activities recorded in your IBMS CPD ePortfolio as evidence that you have met HCPC CPD standards.

We have included headings under the reflective notes section for each CPD activity you record to enable you to show how your CPD meets the HCPC standards, including:

Our professional guidance including our Code of Conduct and Guide to Good Professional Practice reflect HCPC standards and support you in meeting them. 

How do I become HCPC registered with a degree from overseas?

If your degree was completed outside the UK and you have professional experience as a biomedical scientist, you will need to contact the HCPC to apply for registration through their international application route.

If the HCPC reject your application you can contact [email protected] to request a degree assessment.

Once you have completed:

you can contact the HCPC to apply for registration.

I was on the HCPC register, how can I be readmitted?

If you were registered with the HCPC in the past and now wish to be re-registered, you will need to apply for readmission to the HCPC register.

Please visit the HCPC readmission webpage to apply for readmission to the HCPC register.

How do I contact the HCPC?

For enquiries on renewals, HCPC approved qualification applications, CPD, fees, online account activation or general queries about registration, please contact:

[email protected]

For enquiries on European mutual recognition and international applications or enquiries on any aspect of the international application process, please contact:

[email protected]

Call +44 (0) 300 500 4472 or contact the HCPC by post at:

Health and Care Professions Council, Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4BU

How can I find out if my degree meets HCPC standards?

If you are studying or have completed:

  • an IBMS accredited or
  • an HCPC approved honours degree in biomedical science

you will meet HCPC standards of proficiency for registration as a biomedical scientist.

The IBMS also accredit and the HCPC also approve a small number of healthcare science honours degrees that meet HCPC standards for registration as a biomedical scientist.

If you have completed an IBMS accredited or HCPC approved honours degree find out how to become HCPC registered.

If your IBMS accredited degree was awarded before 2002 please visit our FAQ page to find out how to become HCPC registered.

What can I do to register if I do not have an IBMS accredited or HCPC approved honours degree?

If you completed an IBMS accredited or HCPC approved degree and achieved an ordinary or pass degree please visit our FAQ page to find out how to become HCPC registered.

If your degree has not been accredited by the IBMS, you will need to contact [email protected] to request a degree assessment.

Once you have completed:

you can contact the HCPC to apply for registration.

How do I meet HCPC training standards for registration as a biomedical scientist?

You will need to complete an IBMS Registration Training Portfolio - an IBMS portfolio based qualification designed to demonstrate that you meet HCPC standards of proficiency.  

You must complete the IBMS Registration Training Portfolio in a laboratory which holds current IBMS pre-registration training approval.

You can begin your IBMS Registration Training Portfolio in an IBMS approved laboratory while you study any recommended top-up modules from your degree assessment.

How can I have my degree assessed for my HCPC registration?

The IBMS assesses non-accredited qualifications against HCPC education standards to determine whether individuals will need to undertake supplementary education/top-up modules to meet HCPC standards of proficiency for biomedical scientists.