Laboratoriumtechnici (geneeskunde en pathologie)


ISCO 08 Code 3212      Medical and pathology laboratory technicians        

Lead Statement

Medical and pathology laboratory technicians perform clinical tests on specimens of bodily fluids and tissues in order to get information about the health of a patient or cause of death.

Task statement

Tasks include:

  • conducting chemical analysis of body fluids, including blood, urine, and spinal fluid, to determine presence of normal and abnormal components;
  • operating, calibrating and maintaining equipment used in quantitative and qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers, and computer-controlled analyzers;
  • entering data from analysis of laboratory tests and clinical results into records-keeping systems and reporting results to medical practitioners and other health professionals;
  • analyzing samples of biological material for chemical content or reaction;
  • setting up, cleaning, and maintaining laboratory equipment;
  • analyzing laboratory findings to check the accuracy of the results;
  • establishing and monitoring programs to ensure the accuracy of laboratory results and developing, standardizing, evaluating, and modifying procedures, techniques and tests used in the analysis of specimens;
  • obtaining specimens, cultivating, isolating and identifying microorganisms for analysis;
  • examining cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities;
  • inoculating fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.

Included occupations

Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Technician, blood-bank
  • Technician, medical laboratory
  • Technician, pathology

Excluded occupations

  • Pathologist - 2212
  • Veterinary technician - 3240


moved from 3142

ISCO 88 Code(s) 3211, part

(NCvB; Maart 2010)