HCPC registration

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Registering as a biomedical scientist

The title ‘Biomedical scientist’ is legally protected. To protect public safety, anyone using the title must meet Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards and be HCPC registered.

The quickest route to allowing eligibility to register as a biomedical scientist is to complete an IBMS accredited or HCPC approved degree, followed by an IBMS Registration Portfolio thereby being awarded a Certificate of Competence.

Graduates with an IBMS accredited degree, which includes a placement year where you complete an IBMS Registration Training Portfolio, can apply to the HCPC to be registered on graduation.

Graduates who have completed an IBMS accredited degree without a laboratory placement will need to complete an IBMS Registration Portfolio in an approved laboratory once they graduate.

Once you have completed the Registration Training Portfolio you can apply to the HCPC to be registered.

Once you are HCPC registered you can start your career as a biomedical scientist.

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If your degree is not IBMS accredited or HCPC approved

To be registered as a biomedical scientist, any educational shortfall can be identified and your degree can be assessed. You may need to take additional modules to fulfil the academic requirements for HCPC registration.

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