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Policy documents and brochures

Policy documents and brochures from NITO The Norwegian Institute of Biomedical Science.

Future trends in biomedical laboratory science

This document describes the current state of biomedical laboratory science and looks at key trends and developments that will affect the future direction of the education and the professional field of biomedical laboratory scientists, as seen from a Norwegian perspective.

Future trends in biomedical laboratory science - a Norwegian perspective

Ethics for Biomedical Laboratory Scientists

Guidelines for the professional ethics of Biomedical Laboratory Scientists in Norway were adopted in 1996. They are intended to be a resource for the profession and a support to the individual in challenging situations. At the same time they are society’s guarantee that the Biomedical Laboratory Scientist (BLS) practises his profession in an ethically sound manner.

An ethics booklet has been prepared by the Norwegian BLS Ethics Committee in order to focus on ethical reflection in the practice of the BLS profession. The ethics booklet can be used as an aid to focus on ethics and ethical dilemmas that the BLS meets in his daily work situation.
Ethics for Biomedical Laboratory Scientists

Phlebotomy in hospitals

Correct blood sample collection is of decisive importance for ensuring that specimens for analysis are of satisfactory quality upon their arrival at the medical laboratory. Patients are entitled to have blood samples taken correctly and by personnel with sufficient professional competence to perform the task.

The Norwegian Institute of Biomedical Science has made a policy document as a useful contribution to the ongoing task of organising and evaluating phlebotomy in hospitals.

Preanalytical conditions, the professional role and responsibility of biomedical laboratory scientists, and how phlebotomy is organised, are the main topics of this document.
Phlebotomy in hospitals

Point of Care Testing

Point of care testing (POCT) requires a multidisciplinary approach, and involves taking samples and carrying out biomedical laboratory analyses close to the patient outside medical laboratories. Biomedical laboratory scientists are responsible for the quality assurance and quality improvement of all analysis work carried out in near-patient areas, and for the evaluation of benefit and resource allocation in near-patient analysis.

The Norwegian Institute of Biomedical Science have made a policy document on POCT to aid to all users and potential users of point of care testing.
Point of care testing

Specialist Certification of Biomedical Laboratory Scientists in Norway

The Norwegian Institute of Biomedical Science's programme for Specialist Certification for Biomedical Laboratory Scientists (BLS) is a customized scheme, the aim of which is to encourage the development of professional competence and provide workplaces with a tool for recruiting and retaining qualified personnel.

With Specialist Certification a BLS can document the development of professional competence and skills adapted to suit the particular needs of the laboratory service and thus contribute to better health services.

The Norwegian Specialist Certification for BLS is only available to members of The Norwegian Institute of Biomedical Science.
Specialist Certification of Biomedical Laboratory Scientists in Norway

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