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Impact of Bill C-46 on professional practice

22 March 2019

In December 2018, changes to the federal Criminal Code, through Bill C-46, came into force which significantly broadened the circumstances in which a peace officer may obtain blood samples from alleged impaired drivers.

A few laboratories in Ontario have been approached by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to explore arrangements through which MLTs would be involved in the collection of these samples. CMLTO has received professional practice inquiries from laboratories as a result of these changes, and has created a guidance document for members, based on legal advice the CMLTO obtained in February 2019.

Please click here (PDF) to access the CMLTO’s guidance for members regarding the impact of Bill C-46 on professional practice.

Members should always seek guidance from the risk management or legal department of their own institution in relation to requests by police for blood samples.

Call for Nominations for Election to CMLTO Council

01 March 2019

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Help shape the future of healthcare in Ontario! The CMLTO Council invites engaged, motivated MLTs to run for Council election in five districts of the province.

Council establishes the CMLTO's strategic direction and the outcomes that will lead self-regulation forward in the interest of public safety. Learn more by clicking here (PDF).

CMLTO issues registration suspensions

12 February 2019

MLTs who did not renew their memberships by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, February 8, 2019, have had their certificates of registration suspended. CMLTO Registrar & CEO Kathy Wilkie is notifying those who have been suspended and their employers by postal mail. Upon suspension, those people are no longer authorized to practise medical laboratory technology in Ontario.

Further, a permanent notation of the suspension (and subsequent reinstatement, if applicable) will appear in the MLT’s record in the CMLTO Public Register. A list containing the names of all suspended medical laboratory technologists will be published in the CMLTO FOCUS newsletter. To determine an MLT’s status at any time, please search the CMLTO Public Register.

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