Apply for Chartered Scientist (CSci) status through the ACB
The award of Chartered Scientist is a prestigious status bestowed by the Science Council through Licensed Bodies.
The ACB was granted Licensed Body status in March 2006. Members of licensed bodies and their affiliates who meet distinct criteria laid down by the Science Council may apply for this status. The award of Chartered Scientist allows the successful applicants to append the term CSci after their name and sets the individual practitioner at a high level of their profession sending a clear signal to future employers, colleagues and the public as a whole about the quality of the practitioner’s scientific knowledge, application and professionalism. It does not substitute for statutory registration which members in the healthcare professions require to be able to work, but may provide a commonly understood and accepted signal to the public, since there is no qualification that can be used for being registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or General Medical Council (GMC).
The regulations and assessment procedure involve establishing objective criteria set by the Science Council and interpreted by the Association to suit ACB members. Joint applications to join the Association for Clinical Biochemistry & Laboratory Medicine and for Chartered Scientist status would be dealt with concurrently but independently. However, Chartered Scientist status through this licensed body is dependent upon acceptance and continuation as a member of the ACB. Chartered Scientist applications are reviewed and ratified by a team under the Director of Education, Training & Workforce.
More information regarding Chartered Scientists can be viewed at Science Council - Chartered Scientist (CSci)
- Be an active and fully paid up Member of the Association.
- Be in one of the following qualifying categories of membership - Ordinary, Overseas or Retired. Federation, Student and Corporate Members are not eligible to apply for CSci.
Members in the "Retired" category who frequently continue working in some form must be in a position to maintain the required level of CPD to qualify.
- Hold a Masters or equivalent or higher Degree with a minimum of 4 years’ experience thereafter.
- For Clinical Scientists, you must
– EITHER have held an MSc and have been registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) each for a minimum of 2 years
– OR without an MSc or equivalent you must be registered with the HCPC each with a minimum of 2 years.
- For Biomedical Scientists, you must have held a Masters degree for at least 4 years irrespective of when you registered with the HCPC.
- For Medically qualified Members, you must have achieved an MSc, MD, PhD, DipRCPath or FRCPath for a minimum of 4 years.
- For workers in other professions not covered by the HCPC or GMC, you must provide other evidence to meet the criterion of 4 years post Masters Level.
- Comply with the CPD requirements of the profession and the Science Council.
- Comply with the ACB Code of Conduct.
- Apply appropriate work ethics in all they undertake.
The Science Council require an annual payment for registration while the Licensed Body has to cover additional administration costs since it is responsible for processing and validating applications and registration. The total fees listed below must be paid by cheque for the initial application unless a direct debit already exists. Renewal fees must then be paid by direct debit with, and on top of, the normal ACB subscription fees from the following January and onwards.
Initial application £65
Covers assessment and registration fees through to December of the initial registration year. However, Members becoming registered for CSci between October and December in any year will have registration until December of the following year before requiring renewal.
Annual renewal thereafter £55
Covers registration for the period January to December of each subsequent year.
For convenience, applicants from non-sterling countries may pay fees and membership by credit card.
- Mr M Redpath - Wansbeck General Hospital - Trent Northern & Yorkshire - May 2016
- Mr J W Persaud - Royal Free Hospital - Southern - April 2016
- Miss S J Albon - UCL Institute of Child Health - Southern - April 2016
- Ms F M Carragher - NHS England - Southern - January 2016
Alternatively, you may apply via the ACB using the below forms.
If you require advice or support from the ACB towards your Chartered Scientist application please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Forms and Guidance documents
Application form for registration as a Chartered Scientist via licensing body ACB
(updated January 2022)Competences report
CSci Competence Report Example.pdf
CPD Standards for registrants
(updated January 2022)CPD Standards: Definitions and examples of learning activities
Also see Science Council - CPD Advice and Support for more information and guidance, along with some useful case studies, tools and templates.
CSci Applicant Supporter Review Template with Guidance