Survey for our European Association Members:

The European Commission (DG SANTE) has initiated a survey to assess the current practices of SoHO management at the administrative and legal levels across the European Union. This survey is aimed at hospital managers, and professionals using SoHO in their daily activities.

The results from this survey will support the definition of recommendations and guidance to facilitate the hospital’s compliance with the new Regulation on standards of quality and safety for substances of human origin intended for human application, which was proposed in 2022 and will come into force by 2027.

By participating in the survey you will be able to share your perspective and assist in shaping recommendations for EU hospitals regarding SoHO management.

The survey will be open for feedback until the 21st of June.

Link to the survey:



IFBLS collaborates with numerous organizations for mutual benefits.  The following are organizations we collaborate with:

World Health Organization (WHO)
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the global guardian of public health. The goal at the World Health Organization (WHO) is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO Secretariat staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people. IFBLS is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) in official relations with the WHO.
Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI)
IFBLS has had a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CLSI for many years. This agreement is used to build collaborative endeavours based on mutual interests. The main goal is to use each other`s strengths to further promote the development and dissemination of globally applicable consensus standards and guidelines to further education of Biomedical Science and healthcare professionals.

European Association for Professions in Biomedical Science (EPBS)
IFBLS has had a MOU with EPBS since 2012. We recognize that IFBLS has a global focus, while EPBS has an European focus. Both organizations prepare various policy documents; this is an area we will work together, when appropriate. Both organizations promote each other.
International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA)
IFBLS has had a MOU with IFBA since 2014. Each organization will promote the activities of the other when appropriate. Policy documents can be shared, when applicable.
At conferences, we could utilize the expertise from each organization for educational purposes. We may collaborate on projects of mutual interest.

International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO)
The International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) is an international classifications for which the International Labour Organization (ILO) is responsible. ISCO is a tool for organizing jobs into a clearly defined set of groups according to the tasks and duties undertaken in the job. IFBLS has established a task force with the aim to achieve correct classification for Biomedical Laboratory Scientists, in ISCO Group 2 professionals. 

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 162 national standards bodies. Through its members, ISO brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges. IFBLS is a Category A liaison to ISO/TC 212 - Clinical laboratory testing and in vitro diagnostic test systems. The IFBLS Advisory Groups assist in document review and projects on behalf of IFBLS.