Medical laboratory scientist

Recertification programmes for medical laboratory scientists

The Council has approved three recertification programmes for medical laboratory scientists:

  1. The New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science (NZIMLS) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.
  2. The New Zealand Hospital Scientific Officers Association (NZHSOA) Continuing Education Programme for Scientific Officers and Recertification Programme for Medical Laboratory Scientists. 
  3. The Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) Australian Professional Acknowledgement Continuing Education (APACE) programme.

These recertification programmes have been approved as meeting a set of Council-prescribed criteria including:

  • The programme meets the competence standards of the Council for the issue of an annual practising certificate;
  • The programme is provided by an organisation domiciled in New Zealand, with the exception of the AIMS APACE programme;
  • The programme demonstrates that successful participants maintain the attitudes and ethical standards required of a registered medical laboratory scientist, and develop and improve their knowledge and skills.

Participants in the programme are required to achieve measurable outcomes.

 

CPD Requirements:

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Programme

Requirements

NZIMLS

The New Zealand Institute of   Medical Laboratory Science (NZIMLS) Continuing Professional Development (CPD)   programme.

 

You must gain 300 points over a three-year period.  It is   expected that you will gain a minimum of 100 points each year over each   three-year period of the recertification programme.

NZHSOA

The New Zealand Hospital   Scientific Officers Association (NZHSOA) Continuing Education Programme for   Scientific Officers and Recertification Programme for Medical Laboratory   Scientists. 

You must gain 300 points over a three-year period.  It is   expected that you will gain a minimum of 100 points each year over each   three-year period of the recertification programme.

AIMS

The Australian Institute of   Medical Scientists (AIMS) Australian Professional Acknowledgement Continuing   Education (APACE) programme.

You must gain 100 credits over a two-year period, that is, 50 credits   for each year

 

 

 

CPD and compliance audit

Audits of the recertification records of medical laboratory scientists are the responsibility of the provider of the recertification programme.  These audits must be undertaken by a person or persons outside of the recertification programme provider.

Each recertification provider must provide the Council with an annual audit report of all participants and their progress in the recertification programme.

You are also required to declare to the Council when applying for the renewal of your APC, the number of points/credits you gained in your recertification programme in the previous twelve-month period.  This declaration is then checked against the audit information received from the relevant recertification programme provider. 

Practitioners who have failed to meet the points/credits requirements of the relevant recertification programme may be required to provide the Council with a written explanation and the issue of an APC may be delayed or denied.

Exemptions

While you can apply to the Council for an exemption from a recertification programme, exemption is the exception rather than a rule and will not be approved on an ongoing/long-term basis.  Being away on parental leave for any period within a CPD programme cycle is one situation where the Council may grant an exemption.  All requests for exemption are to be submitted to the Council when you apply for your APC.  You can email these requests to msc@medsci.co.nz.