Medical Laboratory Science

Provisional Registration and what this Means

Provisional registration applies if you have a qualification that has been approved by the Council but lack recent and relevant clinical experience within an appropriately accredited New Zealand laboratory.

  • Provisional registration requires you to complete a period of supervised practice for a specified time.
  • You will be advised of how long your period of supervised practice will be once your registration application has been approved. However it will be for at least 3-months and can be up to a maximum of 24-months.

The Council has three provisional registration scopes of practice:

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

Practising under supervision

Supervised practice means you will work under the supervision of a registered health practitioner who has been approved by the Council. Your supervisor must have expertise and relevant knowledge within the medical laboratory science discipline(s) within which you are practising.

Supervision is a formal process of professional support and learning to enable you to build on your knowledge, skills and professional attributes, and to progressively assume responsibility for your own practice. Supervision serves to protect the health and safety of the public.

Your supervisor will be required to provide the Council with written confirmation that you meet all of the competencies required of the scope of practice for which you are registered. That confirmation must be received by the Council as supporting evidence when you apply to have your registration changed to Full Registration.

If your period of provisional registration is for a period of more than 6-months your supervisor may be required to provide the Council with interim progress reports. You and your supervisor will be advised of the timing for submission of those reports at the time of your registration and issue of an annual practising certificate.

Moving to full registration

Full registration means that you have met all of the requirements to practise in your particular scope of practice either unsupervised or under the direction of another registered health practitioner.

Medical Laboratory Scientists with full registration can practise without supervision.

Medical Laboratory Technicians and Medical Laboratory Pre-Analytical Technicians with full registration are required to practise under the direction of a fully registered Medical Laboratory Scientist or other appropriately qualified and registered health practitioner who has relevant expertise and knowledge in the discipline within which you are practising.

The Council has three full registration scopes of practice:

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

Practising under direction

Within the parameters of “practising under direction” you will take full responsibility for your practice with general oversight by a registered medical laboratory science practitioner or other appropriately qualified and registered health practitioner who must be available for consultation if you need assistance. The registered health practitioner providing you with direction must meet with you to conduct periodic reviews of your practice.