Who we are
The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (ACB) is a professional body dedicated to the practice and promotion of clinical science. The ACB is a Registered Company in England (no. 863235) limited by guarantee.
What we collect
The types of personal information we collect may include your title, first name(s), last name(s), gender, date of birth, qualifications, home and work contact details (telephone, street address, email address, credit card details or bank details), demographic data and your mailing address. We may also collect information relating to your employment, including where you are currently employed, your job title, registration details, salary band, areas of interest/expertise and your job function if this is relevant to your membership. In applications for some aspects of membership (such as Scientific Scholarships) we ask you to identify a referee and to provide contact information for them. When purchasing a product, your credit card details are also collected, and are temporarily stored until we have processed your order.
How we handle your personal information
The ACB respects the privacy of its members, customers and website users, and aims to act consistently within applicable legislation.
Generally, the ACB collects personal information directly from you or via our website forms or when you interact directly with us in other ways. For example, we collect personal information when you:
- Deal with us in person, by telephone, letter or email
- Fill out and submit an Application for Membership
- Submit any other information in connection with your application for membership or the purchase of products and services
- Register for a journal subscription
- Make an enquiry via a web form
- Apply for a bursary or grant
- Register to attend an event
- Respond to a membership survey
Why we collect information
We collect personal data to administer our activities, products, services or grants and bursaries.
Maintaining the accuracy of data
Personal data can be corrected or updated by contacting the ACB by email or via the Contact form of this site.
Payment and bank details
Any information provided by you in connection with a Direct Debit payment or transaction regarding your credit or debit card numbers, expiry date and billing or delivery address will be used by us to process the transaction. Credit card details are not stored on our servers, but are securely stored on the payment gateways – Secure Trading Limited employed by the ACB.
Use and disclosure
The ACB’s policy is not to disclose any personal information that we hold on you to any unrelated third party, except where you have given your express consent for us to do so or where required by law. Arrangements are occasionally made with suppliers of goods and services (such as other scientific societies for their mailings to be sent to members). All material is carefully vetted and the mailing list is never released to third parties. The ACB may use your email address for the purpose of notifying you about products, services, events or activities of relevance to you. If you tell us that you do not wish us to use your personal information for a particular purpose, we will not do so.
Personal information will be used only for the purpose stated at the point of collection (such as the processing of grant applications) and such information will be held for as long as necessary to fulfil the stated purpose.
The ACB (or its committee members/representatives) may, from time to time, email you with additional information considered to be relevant to your professional/scientific interests, but only to those who have given their agreement to receiving such communications.
Information that you supply to the ACB is held securely and strict security procedures are followed to prevent unauthorised access or use.
Information to improve our site
We also collect information automatically about your visit to our site, including IP address, duration of visit, language, country and device settings. This information is used to help us follow browsing preferences on our site so that we can regularly improve our website and enable more advanced features of our website.
Cookies on our site
Access to personal information and correction of information
If the information we hold about you is inaccurate, incomplete or outdated, please inform us so that we can correct it.
If you no longer wish to receive information from us, then please let us know using the contact details below.
You can seek access to the personal information we hold about you, by contacting us. You should include your name, address and telephone number. In general there will be no charge for this information, but The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine reserves the right to charge a reasonable fee in response to an access request.
How to contact us:
The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine
130-132 Tooley Street
or via the Contact form of this site.