Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the NZIMLS

What is the role of the NZIMLS?

  • The NZIMLS acts on behalf of its members to administer the affairs of the profession and has a non-industrial focus. The Institute is the main provider of continuing education for the profession of Medical Laboratory Science in New Zealand. We are a registered Charity with the New Zealand Charities Commission, Registration number CC42318.

Who are the Medical Sciences Council?

  • The Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand (MSCNZ) is a separate body from the NZIMLS. The MSCNZ has statutory power to register and issue practicing certificates to Scientists and Technicians. As part of their role they consider all applications for Scientist or Technician registration for those working in a diagnostic medical laboratory in New Zealand. More information about the MSCNZ is available by visiting

How are the affairs of the NZIMLS administered?

I have a new job in a Medical Laboratory - what membership do I apply for?

  • Member: Scientists registered with the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand. This includes Fellow and Life Members
  • Associate: Laboratory Technicians and any other vocationally qualified person associated with the profession of Medical Laboratory Science
  • Student: Any fourth-year student currently studying for the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science at AUT or Otago University

Do I need to enrol in a CPD programme?

I have other CPD questions - who do I ask?

I am moving away from Medical Laboratory Science for a while - what happens to my membership?

Do I need to advise anyone if I am no longer working as a Scientist or Technician?

Do I need to let anyone know that I am going on parental leave?

What is the makeup of the NZIMLS Council?

  • Council is comprised of a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and 5 Regional Representatives. The makeup of Council is set bi-annually by the Membership following the elections of Officers. All Council positions are honorary - i.e. work is voluntary with people giving up their time for the administration of their profession.

How often does Council meet and what do they discuss?

  • Council meets quarterly to plan Institute examinations, review progress with the CPD programme, discuss the NZIMLS Journal with the Editor, consider the financial affairs of the Institute, plan the Annual Scientific Meeting and other CE events, and consider correspondence from members and other organisations.

How long has the NZIMLS been the professional body of Scientists and Technicians?

  • The NZ Association of Bacteriologists (NZAB) was first formed in Wellington in April 1946 and was the forerunner to the organisation we today know as the NZIMLS.