In New Zealand, the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Bill (2003) stipulates that all health practitioners must demonstrate their competence in order to be issued an Annual Practicing Certificate. In order to fulfil this requirement, IVF Scientists are required to be registered by the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand.
In contrast in Australia, there are no legislative requirements for IVF Scientists to be registered or certified. However SIRT members have long been calling for improved professional recognition of IVF scientists in Australia, and therefore the development of a certification scheme was prioritised by the SIRT committee. As a first step, SIRT developed a SIRT Competency Scheme in 2017 (see below), with the aim of promoting an independent national scheme in the long-term. This aim has now finally been realised.
Australian Council for Certification of the Medical Laboratory Scientific Workforce
Click here to apply for certification, or visit www.accmlsw.org.au and follow the instructions.
Further information is detailed below with answers to common FAQ listed on the accmlsw website. A webinar given by Dr Kevin Carpenter the Acting Registrar on 22 April 2020 giving an overview and further details about the scheme can be accessed here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for further information.
The Australian Council for Certification of the Medical Laboratory Scientific Workforce (ACCMLSW) is a newly created not-for-profit company established to administer the voluntary certification scheme for medical scientists and technical officers. It is wonderful that after more than two years of hard work by volunteers from the various member organisations (including SIRT with support from the FSA) that this scheme is now ready to launch. Medical scientists from other disciplines shared the desire expressed by IVF Scientists for an independent Certification Scheme.
Member organisations making up the Council include the Australasian Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine, Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, Australian Society of Cytology, Human Genetics Society of Australasia, Fertility Society of Australia/SIRT, Thrombosis Haemostasis Society of Australia and NZ, Australasian Society for Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Australian Society for Microbiology, and Australian and NZ Society for Blood Transfusion. Each member organisation has a representative on the interim Board and has contributed to the implementation of the scheme. The current SIRT board representative is Dr. Kristy Demmers, Chair of SIRT.