Bernadette Jackson, President of the Academy

It is a great honour to accept the role of President of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine.
The Academy – representing Medical Scientists – those unseen, largely unknown scientists, working in Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Services, who provide analyses, results, diagnoses and expertise to support the patient across many laboratory medicine disciplines.

The Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine, the professional body representing medical scientists in Ireland. Medical scientists are a regulated profession.

The Medical Scientists Registration Board at CORU established its register on 31 March 2019. As and from this date the Medical Scientists Registration Board is designated as the Competent Authority for the profession of Medical Scientist under the relevant legislation.

The vision of the Academy is “To support excellence in clinical science and laboratory medicine, and in doing so, enhance patient outcomes”.


At the Academy AGM, President, Dr Brigid Lucey, highlights the need for more Medical Scientists in our hospitals

Covid-19 shows that the required expertise is available in Medical Scientists, but capacity and infrastructure are sadly lacking. There is an urgent need for more Medical Scientists working in hospitals, as all hospital laboratories face serious recruitment and retention challenges.

Academy statement


A Call for Abstracts for the Spring 2021 edition of the National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin is currently being made.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is Friday, September 4th, 2020. Also interested in receiving abstracts of current research on all aspects of clinical healthcare, public and population health and health systems research. More information click here.  Please complete the following online form and upload your abstract to: Click Here


Medical Science: 2020 Vision

The Academy held 3 webinars on the 25th May/26th May. Full program accompany’s each webinar. Each webinar has at least 4 speakers.
First: Engagement and Advancement Advisory Body – Early Career Scientists Forum
Second: Cervical Cytology: Updates and Opportunities in Cervical Cytology
Third: Covid-19 Updates
Click Here for videos


CPD Opportunities are available – where to find them!

Go to  CPD tabLoginMembers Area,   Hover over “Members CPD Area”  or MCQ’s
Don’t forget CPD/Reflective Learning resources with self-awarding CPD credits information and past ACSLM webinar videos “buttons” above on this page. These contain CPD learning opportunities. Queries to


Latest (26/8/2020) CPD Opportunities

Recently added to video repository: 1) Medical Science: 2020 Vision (3 webinars). 2) An Introduction to the National Transfusion Advisory Group 3) CPD Updates-Reflective Learning & Applying the CORU Framework. 4) How to Record your Work for Presentation. 5) ABO Blood Group Anomalies. 6) Biosafety Awareness (Series 1).
Recently added MCQ’s:  1) Polymerase Chain Reaction Basics (video included). 2)RT-PCR (coming).
3) Daratumumab – Anti-CD38 Monoclonal Ab. 4) Immunology – Covid-19.


WEBINAR: ‘Green Labs on our Green Island’  Tuesday, 29th September, 1pm.

Dr. Una FitzGerald, Director, Galway Neuroscience Centre, Lead PI and Coordinator, EU ITN ‘PMSMatTrain’, Principal Investigator, Multiple Sclerosis and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Group, Founder – ‘Galway Green Labs’ initiative, Chair, SEAI Working Group for Public Sector Labs.
Booking available now at:  CPD  LOGIN   EVENTS. Open to ACSLM Members (Free) & Non-members (€10).


Marie Culliton talks to David McCullagh on Wednesday Six One News, 16th September. 

If you missed the interview on COVID testing, you can pick it up on the web HERE
This is the RTE SIX ONE News, the programme is 46 minutes long but Marie’s interview starts at 25 minutes 28 seconds into the programme.


Marie Culliton talks to Business Post’s Susan Mitchell: explaining the differences between the various types of Covid-19 tests that are currently being deployed and more (3rd June 2020)
Listen to podcast here


The Blood is the Life – A Golden Age in Irish Blood Transfusion 1865 – 1879. John O’Loughlin, Laboratory Manager – Rotunda Hospital. Click Here to read

Pat Mulhare talks to Matt Cooper
on Laboratory Testing (Tuesday 28th April). Podcast is approx. 8 min. long. Click Here to listen.

demy Statement Regarding Covid-19
Covid-19 Statement

New HSE Laboratory Reporting Guideline 

Monday 27 January, the HSE and RCPI launched a new guideline for communicating critical lab results to patients

Biomedica 2020   New date for Biomedica. Further information


Infectious disease expert Professor Martin Cormican
1) Q & A session on RTÉ’s Liveline with Joe Duffy to answer questions from worried callers
2) Link to the actual podcast of Joe Duffy’s RTE Radio 1 programme, Friday 13th March

AMRIC Newletter: January 2020, Edition Number: 5
Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control Team – HSE January 2020, Edition Number: 5

CPD Certificate in Molecular Cervical Cytopathology (Level 9)
Joint Programme of the School of Biological and Health Sciences, Technological University Dublin, and the Cellular and Molecular Cytopathology Training School, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital in partnership with CervicalCheck.

Absolute Confidence
Legal implications for Medical Scientists of “Absolute Confidence”, Fitness to Practice and Professional Liability. Mary Seery Kearney, BL.

Statutory Regulation for Medical Scientists
Mr. Colm O’Leary, (Ex-Head of Regulation), CORU


Coru Register
Medical scientists register opened on Sunday 31st March 2019. The Academy will ensure that this process is as simple as possible for its members.


CORU – Regulating Health + Social Care Professionals – CORU FAQ’s: 


The Cross Judgement “Absolute Confidence”
Listen to Academy Council member, Marie Culliton, speak on The Cross Judgement “Absolute Confidence”

Privacy Notice
The Academy is committed to protecting and safeguarding your personal data. In compliance with the EU general data protection regulations (GDPR) we have recently updated our privacy policy. The notice can be viewed here.

Professional Code of Conduct
The document is available here.

Events – Click for Information

Too much talk about personal freedom.
Not enough talk about personal responsibility.
Stop saying the guidance is confusing.
Stop saying "what about the meat factories".
Stop questioning everything.
We all know what we should be doing, so just do it.

They've only gone and done it again…

Patrick and Morgan Oliver - the father and son who rescued the two paddleboarders in Galway Bay last month - this morning rescued another man from the Corrib…

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BioMedica 2020

Cervical Check: Acting HSE boss says sorry for 'confusion and alarm'