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Biomedical Scientist Assessment by the IBMS - the approved route to UK registration

Biomedical Scientists have been registered with the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine (CPSM) since 1967 before the role of that body was transferred to the HCPC in 2002.

Full details of the routes to registration, together with relevant documentation are available through the IBMS website and are given in summary here.

The HCPC approve programmes within the UK which lead to eligibility apply to their register. This means someone who has successfully completed one of these approved programmes is eligible to apply to the register.

The IBMS is an awarding body for the IBMS ‘Certificate of Competence’, which is an HCPC approved programme.

The IBMS assess applications to provide a Certificate of Competence following -
  • Accredited degree containing the Registration Training Portfolio
  • Accredited degree followed by the Registration Training Portfolio
  • Non-accredited degree followed by the Registration Training Portfolio

Holders of degrees from other approved education bodies may also apply directly to the HCPC for registration. These courses are mainly "BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science" in the following Universities - Anglia Ruskin, Coventry, De Montfort, Glasgow Caledonian, Keele, Liverpool John Moores, Manchester Metropolitan, Middlesex, Northumbria at Newcastle, Nottingham Trent, Robert Gordon,  Abertay Dundee, Bradford, Brighton, Essex, Hull, Lincoln, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Ulster, West of England, West of Scotland Paisley and Westminster.

Some of these offer part time courses and full details can be obtained from the University or from the HCPC website.


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Updated 2nd August 2012

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