01. (post-secondary) School Education
- Each applicant must have a minimum of at least 8 years’ post-secondary school education and professional experience, which must include a recognised degree (or equivalent) in a biological subject and at least three years’ post-graduate professional experience.
- As recognised degrees in European countries vary in duration from approximately 3 to 5 years, the period of 8 years’ post-secondary school education must be within the formation:
3U + 2(U and / or T and / or E) + 3E
- U represents a year (full-time or equivalent) studying for a degree (or equivalent) in a biological subject at a university or similar body
- T represents a year (full-time or equivalent) of relevant training
- E represents a year (full-time or equivalent) of relevant professional experience.
02. Recognised degrees
- A recognised degree is one that is recognised by ECBA for the purposes of the European Professional Biologist title. A list of recognised degrees is given in Annex 2.
- A biological subject is one where at least 50% of the total time is spent on biology.
- Biology is that branch of science dealing with the study of living organisms.
03. Assessment of professional experience
A European Professional Biologist must:
- be able to apply his/her knowledge to a satisfactory standard in a biologically related job
- be knowledgeable about health, safety, environmental and other regulations relating to his/her job
- possess a broad knowledge of experimental and other biological skills
- be able to plan and organise work to a satisfactory standard
- be able to make clear oral and written presentations and reports.
- Each applicant must submit the names and addresses of two referees with his/her application form.
- Each referee should preferably be a full Member of the national biological association to which the applicant belongs.
05. Code of conduct and ethics (“CoC”)
- Each applicant must agree to abide by the European Professional Biologist code of conduct and ethics (part of the application – please sign the applicaton form)Annex 3).
- The European Professional Biologist code of conduct and ethics is additional to any code of conduct of the national biological association of which he/she is a full Member.
06. Fees and periods of registration
- Registration will be for a period of 3 years. At the end of that time, each European Professional Biologist will have to renew his/her registration.
- To join the Register (database), each applicant must pay:
- an application fee to the relevant national biological association
- a registration fee to ECBA.
- The application fee is non-returnable. The registration fee will be returned if the application is unsuccessful.
- After three years, to remain on the Register (database), each European Professional Biologist must renew his registration and pay:
- a renewal fee to ECBA for a further period of 3 years.
08. Determination of fees
- The application fee will be determined by each national biological association.
- Different application fees may be charged by associations.
- The registration and renewal fee will be determined by ECBA and will be the same for all countries.
- ECBA reserves the right to increase the registration and renewal fees, as necessary.