Here Are 9 Things You Need To Know About The Medical Laboratory Science Council Of Nigeria(MLSCN)

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In this blog post, we will be talking about the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) and some important things you need to know about them.

Let’s get into it right away.


1) The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria was established in 2003.

For short, we may refer to it as the MLSCN. It is a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Health.

The legislation that established it is known as Act 11 of 2003. This means that the Medical and Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria has a legal backing and is recognized by the law.

2) The roles and responsibilities of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria.

From the Act that set up this body, the MLSCN has the responsibility of regulating medical laboratory services through registration and licensing of medical laboratories as well as practitioners, mandatory inspection, monitoring for quality improvement, accreditation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as certification of laboratory test kits and reagents.

Also, the Act charges the Council to regulate the training of medical laboratory scientists, technicians and assistants.

So this is a very big role or task for this Council, the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria.

In Nigeria as well as in most parts of the world investigations (including laboratory investigations) are very important in order to make a complete diagnosis as well as to monitor progress of treatment, among others.

In order to say this is what is wrong with a person, a doctor starts by taking a history of the patient’s complaints. He asks a lot of questions at this point.

After the history taking, the doctor then examines the patient. He then sends him to do some tests. This may include some laboratory tests.

They may also include some radiological tests such as X-rays, CT scan and MRI tests. The results help in completing and serve as a boost to the final diagnosis.

You see how important the laboratories are. We need accurate investigation results in order to make good diagnosis and even to follow up treatment of patients.

So if there is no proper regulation and monitoring of medical laboratory practice, the process of doing medical tests will be bastardised. Practitioners without conscience can cut corners and introduce a lot of poor standards.

Some people that even don’t have the training or expertise can even come in and start running laboratory tests because they have seen they will make money from people who need tests done.

This is why this regulatory body has been put in place. It actually sets the standard of how laboratory practice is to be carried out in Nigeria.

It takes care of the laboratory practitioners themselves, Medical Laboratory Scientists, the technicians, assistants, and then down to the equipment that is used.

Their function also goes down to the laboratories themselves, the laboratory test kits and reagents.

The MLSCN helps curb the menace of bad reagents among others. Some people bring in expired reagents and other consumables and use them to run tests for people.

It is even as bad as that, in some places, some laboratory personnel do not even carry out the tests; they just forge the results and give the patient. Sometimes, they are given monetary incentives to do so.

This can mislead the medical practitioner and even put the patient’s life in grave danger. We don’t want that to happen, do we?

That is one of the reasons why the MLSCN is in place; in order to tackle and eliminate these ills and anomalies in the system.

3) The Mission and Vision of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria

The division of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria is to be a world acclaimed regulatory agency driving the culture of quality and efficient health laboratory care to the public and ensuring high academic standards and training institutions.

Their mission is strengthening health, laboratory systems and professional practice for quality services through strategic regulations and accreditation.

The core values of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria include:

a) Integrity
b) Commitment
c) Professionalism
d) Excellence
e) Efficiency
Team work

4) The Functions of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria

The functions of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, which are clearly stated in Section Four of the Act 11, 2003 include:

A) To regulate the practice of medical laboratory science in Nigeria

B) To determine from time to time the standard of knowledge and skill to be attained by a person seeking to become medical laboratory scientist, medical laboratory technicians, medical laboratory assistant( referred to as scientists, technicians and assistants)

C) To regulate the training of scientists, technicians and assistants in any institutions in Nigeria and give periodic accreditation to institutions

D) To provide and maintain separate register for scientists, technicians and assistants.

E) To regulate the production, importation, sales and stocking of diagnostic laboratory reagents and chemicals.

F) To assess, evaluate and register foreign graduates of medical laboratory science.

G) To conduct examinations for technicians and assistants

H) To inspect, regulate and accredit medical laboratories (public and private).

From the above, we’ve seen the many responsibilities or duties the MLSCN is saddled with.

5) Management Structure of the MLSCN

What is the leadership structure of the Medical and Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria like?

The MLSCN has a strong leadership structure.

First of all, the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria has a Governing Board which sits at its helm of the affairs.

You now have the Registrar/CEO.

We will go ahead to list the people currently at the management level of the Council.

A) The Registrar/CEO—the current Registrar, who also doubles as the Chief Executive Officer is Dr. Tosan Erhabor

Dr. Tosan Erhabor; Registrar/CEO MLSCN

B) Deputy Registrar (Inspection, Molecular Laboratory & Mentorship)—Dr. (Mrs) Lawrena Okoro

C) Deputy-Registrar (Education & Administration)—Dr. Godwin Aikpitanyi-Iditua

D) Deputy Registrar (MLSCN Accreditation Service)—Dr. Donald Ofili

E) Director, Medical Laboratory Scientists’ Regulation & Discipline—Mr. Gregory Uchuno

F) Acting Director, Health Laboratory Planning, Research & Statistics Department/ Zonal Offices—Dr. Akinwale Akinlabi

G) Director (Finance & Administration)—Mr. Ime Idim

H) Acting Director, Corporate Affairs—Dr. Raxy Ekwebelam

I) Acting Director, Examinations—Mrs. Ini Edeh

J) Acting Director, Medical Laboratory Technicians’ and Assistants’ Regulation & Discipline—Mrs. Funmi Onakalu

So when it comes to the Governing Board; the Governing Board is made up of 19 members.

6) MLSCN Publications

The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) publishes bulletins periodically. These bulletins showcase some achievements of the organization and some activities they are involved with.

The last bulletin was actually published in 2020.

7) Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria also sees to Continuing Professional Development of its members.
Beginning from 2013, the Council made it a requirement for members to renew their licenses every year with a minimum of ten (10) CPD points.

What Is CPD?

CPD means Continuing Professional Development. These are courses or trainings attended by members, which which are related to their work, ie. the medical laboratory profession, which will help members to become better.

Becoming better is in terms of knowledge and skills.

The CPD requirement was introduced in order to make sure that members are up to date with the current trends in medical laboratory science practice, so that they can deliver good and effective services.

According to the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, the approved CPD activities include:

A) Attendance at MLSCN hosted or accredited seminars, workshops, conferences.

B) Attendance at a lesson that is Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria(AMLSN) annual meeting, conference, seminars e.t.c.

C) Attendance at accredited training workshops in laboratory techniques or equipments (These trainings can be organised by individual medical laboratory scientists or by an institution).

D) Completion of an AMLSN online e-learning course accredited by MLSCN
Completion of other e-learning courses on Medical Laboratory sciences approved by MLSCN.

E) Completion of advanced certifications and degrees.

F) Participation in journal clubs and discussion groups.

G) Organising a CPD activity.

H) Serving as an invited lecturer/part time teacher (after lecturer).

I) Serving as an internal and external examiner, assessor, coordinator or facilitator of Council examinations.

J) Serving in the role of onsite Inspector for accredited programmes or laboratory inspections for MLSCN.

These CPD points are expected to be submitted alongside other requirements as the laboratory scientists are renewing their annual practicing license.

8) Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria Is Involved In Inspecting Medical Laboratories

This is to ensure that they’re up standard. The Council sets the guideline which everybody that wants to set up a medical laboratory should adhere to.

They also set up also seal up laboratories that don’t meet up to the standards.

9) MLSCN Address

The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria operates from Plot 1166, Muhammad N. Umar Lane, Durumi Phase II, Garki, Abuja (beside the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria).

Their website can be assessed here.

Wrapping Up

The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) has a lot of outstanding functions as regards registration of medical laboratory scientists and related professionals.


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