There was a significant presence of expatriate laboratory professionals working in the laboratory sector at that time starting from the years before the country got its independence from the British Colonial rule in 1964. The indigenous members were working in various sections of the sector categorized into four main categories:
Civil Service – Public Sector/Government owned institutions – Faith based/Mission institutions - Mining companies running health institutions - The Private sector
ZSMLT Members from the mines mostly concentrated on the Copperbelt Province where these mines operated and owned heath facilities to take care of the health of their workers and families.
Due to the vastness of the country (area = 752.000 km2), the society was portioned into two regions for administrative convenience namely;
- The Northern Region covering provinces in the northern aspect of the country.
- The Southern Region covering the four provinces in the southern aspect.
The two regions were each headed by a vice president and both vice presidents reported to one national president.
In July, 1968 the Society was accorded a seat of representation in the Ministry of Health (MoH) to administer issues pertaining to the profession and its practice, a seat on the MCZ Board (now Health Professions Council of Zambia HPCZ) to support the regulation of registration of biomedical practitioners; and another seat in the Department of Technical Education and Vocational Training (DTEVT), to support the establishment of training of medical laboratory sciences in Zambia.
The O ce for the ZSMLT was later moved from Ndola to Lusaka, the capital city of the country in the year 1984.
ZSMLT used to produce a conference issue of the Journal of Zambia Medical Laboratory Technology and the last publication was published in 1982. The publication focused on Medical Laboratory news.