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. 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. SIRT developed a Competency Scheme in 2017 but this has now ceased to make way for an independent national scheme, Certification of Med Lab Scientists (CMLS).
In September 2021 CMLS announced the addition of a new category of certification for those meeting the NPAAC
requirements of a Clinical Scientist. Certified Clinical Scientists will be entitled to use the post nominal CCS.
Click here to apply for certification, or visit www.cmls.org.au and follow the instructions.
Further information is detailed below with answers to common FAQ listed on the cmls 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.
CMLS is a not-for-profit company established to administer the voluntary certification scheme for medical scientists and technical officers. 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.