The Profession of Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science is the collection, receipt, preparation, investigation and laboratory analysis of samples of human biological material for the purpose of supporting patient diagnosis, management and treatment and for the maintenance of health and wellbeing.

Medical laboratory science encompasses a number of distinct disciplines including:

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology/Virology
  • Blood Donor   Services
  • Microbiology
  • Blood Transfusion   Services
  • Molecular Diagnostics/Genetics
  • Cytogenetics
  • Mortuary Practice
  • Cytology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Embryology
  • Point of Care   Testing
  • Haematology
  • Specimen Services
  • Histology

 

 Medical laboratory science also includes:

  • Medical laboratory management
  • Medical laboratory science research and development
  • Medical laboratory science teaching
  • Medical laboratory quality management

Medical laboratory science is practised in diagnostic medical laboratories within both the public and private health sectors, and blood donor facilities.  In a small number of circumstances medical laboratory science practitioners may work in the health sector but outside of the diagnostic medical laboratory setting and will require appropriate mechanisms to be in place to support their ongoing practice and competence.  

 

The Council has defined six different scopes of practice for registration in the medical laboratory science profession:

  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (Provisional Registration)
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (Full Registration)
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (Provisional Registration)
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (Full Registration)
  • Medical Laboratory Pre-Analytical Technician (Provisional Registration)
  • Medical Laboratory Pre-Analytical Technician (Full Registration)