Joining the ACB
The Council of the Association and its Executive Officers are responsible for policy, for communication with the Department of Health and the NHS and for liaison with a wide range of professional bodies and interested parties in the UK, Europe and internationally. Council comprises elected Officers and Members, and representatives from Regional Committees. The Council of the Association has a number of Standing Committees, Sub Committees and other groups which provide services and facilities for Members. The ACB welcomes applications from individuals and corporate bodies who wish to take advantage of the benefits of Membership of the Association and who wish to progress the study and advancement of clinical biochemistry through research or practice.
Categories of Membership
There are a number of categories of Membership that give access to the benefits and activities of the Association and allow participation in national and regional meetings and training courses.
Ordinary Membership: This category of Membership is open to health professionals with an interest in Clinical Biochemistry and/or Laboratory Medicine in the UK and Ireland. Admission to membership is at the discretion of Council and the decision of Council is final. (Voting Member)
Overseas Ordinary Membership: Individuals fulfilling the criteria for Ordinary Membership (see above) but working overseas may be elected to membership at the discretion of Council. In addition to the application form they must provide copies of certificates or other proofs of qualifications. They will receive the benefits of Ordinary members. (Voting Member)
Overseas Student Membership: This category of membership is available to undergraduates or wholly grant supported post-graduate research students not resident in the United Kingdom and who are not in employment.
Federation Membership: This category of membership is open to individuals engaged in the practice of Laboratory Medicine (other than clinical biochemistry since membership of the Federation is included in Ordinary membership) or allied disciplines in the NHS e.g. cytogenetics. They must hold academic qualifications equivalent to those required for Ordinary membership and wish to be represented by the Federation of Clinical Scientists although wider participation as Ordinary members of the Association would be inappropriate. (Federation Members do not receive Annals of Clinical Biochemistry or Venture publications books). Further detail about the FCS click here.
Student Membership: This category of membership is available to undergraduates or wholly grant supported post graduate research students resident in the UK and who are not subject to UK income tax. Student membership will cease on the 31st December in the year of completion of studies but on gaining permanent employment the person may, at the discretion of Council, apply for another category of Membership.
Retired Membership: This category of membership is available to Ordinary members retiring after 10 years or more continued Ordinary membership.
Honorary Membership: Persons who have made a distinguished contribution to clinical biochemistry at international level may, following the recommendation of the Council and by a majority of at least two-thirds of those voting at a General Meeting, be elected Honorary Members of the Association. (Voting Member)
Emeritus Membership: Persons who have been Ordinary members for at least 10 years and have retired from full time employment and who have made an exceptional contribution to the objects of the Association may, following the recommendation of the Council and by a majority of at least two-thirds of those voting at a General Meeting, be elected Emeritus Members of the Association. (Voting Member)
Fellow Membership: Persons who have been Ordinary or Affiliate Members of the Association for at least 10 preceding consecutive years and have retired from full-time employment may, on the recommendation of Council and by a majority of at least two-thirds of those voting at a General Meeting, be awarded the title of Fellow. (Voting Member)
Lists of ACB Members awarded Honorary, Emeritus and Fellow status can be found here.
Award of the Association
Friend of the Association: Persons who have made a positive contribution to the aims of the Association but are ineligble for Ordinary Members of the Association may, on the recommendation of Council and by a majority of at least two-thirds of those voting at a General Meeting, be awarded the title of Friend of the Association of Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine.