The Biomedical society of Zambia (BSZ) was founded on 27th April, 1968. The mission of the Society is to promote and enhance biomedical science knowledge and practice in Zambia and its utilization for human health and well-being.
The Society secretariat is situated on Buluwe Road in Woodlands at Plot 8749.This premises was recently acquired (2011) after Management Sciences for Health (MSH) closed down its country office and offered the space to the Biomedical Society of Zambia and Pharmaceutical Society of Zambia. These premises act as an administrative headquarters for BSZ and are also a continuous professional development center. The office is managed by an administrative officer who is supported by all national executive members.
The membership of the Society includes both practicing and non-practicing biomedical personnel in the private and public health institutions, veterinary, teaching and research industries and has approximately 200 members. These include technicians, technologists, scientists and doctors. Membership is open to students, affiliates, honorary and life members apart from full members. The Biomedical Society of Zambia is a non-partisan, non-political open-membership organization for all health workers committed to developing the skills and knowledge of the biomedical scientist in order to become an effective member of the health care team.
In July, 1968 the Society was accorded a seat of representation in the ministry of health to administer issues affecting the profession and its practice, a seat on the Medical Council of Zambia (MCZ) Board (now Health Professions Council of Zambia) to regulate registration of practitioners; and another in the Department of Technical Education and Vocational Training (DTEVT), to establish training of medical laboratory practitioners in Zambia.
On 14 January 1997 the society changed its name from Zambia Society of Medical Laboratory Technology (ZSMLT) to Biomedical Society of Zambia (BSZ).The Society is registered with the Registrar of Societies in line with the Laws of Zambia and regularly hosts annual general meetings, Laboratory awareness weeks and monthly scientific meetings. Key achievements include:
- Influencing the formulation of the national medical laboratory policy of 1997.
- Curriculum review and development contributor for the diploma and degree programs
- Annual commemoration of laboratory professionals’ awareness week.
- Key member of the National Laboratory Technical Working Group chaired by the Ministry of Health.
- Representation on the Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) board for two year terms.
- Strategic partner to various vendors dealing in biomedical equipment.
- Hosting scientific symposia in collaboration with partners and ministry of health.
- Annual awards presentation ceremonies officiated by Ministry of Health.
- Successful lobbying with government regarding the non-closure of the biomedical training college in Ndola.
- Successful submissions regarding the upgrading of the Ndola College from Diploma to Degree programs.
VISION, MISSION, OBJECTIVES
To serve as the lead society and professional home for biomedical Scientists in Zambia
To promote the maintenance of the highest possible standards of the practice of biomedical science and develop the ethical and professional values of the biomedical scientist;
The aims of the Bio medical Society within the Zambian framework are to:
- promote the maintenance of the highest possible standards of practice within biomedical science;
- develop the ethical and professional values of the biomedical scientist;
- support the training and education of the biomedical scientist in order to improve health care provision;
- foster co-operation between medical societies in areas of education, continuing professional development, competences and research;
- liase with Ministry of Health on all issues relevant to biomedical science;
- utilize this shared knowledge between the societies to the benefit of all.