The Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists is a professional body established with the goal of promoting the advancement of Medical Microbiology in Sri Lanka. The parent organization of the College was the Ceylon Association of Microbiologists, which was founded in 1969 with 15 founder members. In 1974, the name of the Association was changed to the Sri Lanka Association of Microbiologists. At the Annual General Meeting held in July 1979, a unanimous decision was taken that the Association should evolve into the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists. In December 2009, the College was
registered as a company limited by guarantee.
The College membership comprises of professionals with a basic degree in the medical, dental or veterinary sciences and postgraduate qualifications in Microbiology. College members include those who have specialized in Clinical and /or Medical Microbiology, Medical Virology, Medical Mycology and Medical Parasitology as well as Clinical Immunology.