Accreditation of providers
The Council has prescribed qualifications required for registration in the profession of medical laboratory science. New Zealand educational institutions offering qualifications in medical laboratory science are subject to an ongoing accreditation and monitoring process.
The Council has prescribed the following qualification for the scope of practice of medical laboratory scientist:
- Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc)
The Council has prescribed the following qualifications for the scope of practice of medical laboratory technician:
- Qualified Medical Laboratory technician (QMLT)
The Council has prescribed the following qualifications for the scope of practice of medical laboratory pre-analytical technician:
- Qualified Phlebotomist Technician (QPT)
- Qualified Donor Technician (QDT)
- Qualified Specimen Services Technician (QSST)
The Objectives of Accreditation:
Accreditation is the status granted by the Council to medical laboratory science qualifications that meet statements of educational quality expressed as education standards and criteria. Accreditation is about assuring the quality of education and promoting continuous improvement of quality to respond to evolving community needs and professional practice, and to ensure the safety of the public.
The Council's accreditation framework is focused on assuring graduates of Council-approved qualifications enter the profession with a sound knowledge and skills base to practise medical laboratory science safely, ethically and effectively. There is an expectation that graduates will have a solid foundation for lifelong learning, continuing competence, and ongoing development of professional knowledge and skills.
The Accreditation Standards for qualifications leading to registration in the medical laboratory science scopes of practice can be found below.