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Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics defines the expectations the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO) has for every member. These statements provide a moral framework for the professional and personal conduct of all medical laboratory technologists (MLTs). The Code of Ethics, along with the Standards of Practice, defines professionalism in the practice of medical laboratory technology and an ethical member shall adhere strictly not only to the guidelines, but also to the underlying spirit and precepts.

Obligations to the Public

MLTs shall be dedicated to serving the health care needs of the public by:

1. Respecting the dignity, privacy and independence of patients at all times. Consideration for the welfare of patients is the highest priority.

2. Protecting the confidentiality of all patient information in accordance with existing legislation.

3. Maintaining a respectful relationship with members of the public to facilitate awareness and understanding of the profession of medical laboratory technology.

Obligations to the College

MLTs shall observe the professional code by:

4. Complying with the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and the Medical Laboratory Technology Act, 1991 and their respective regulations.

5. Complying with the Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, Consolidated Bylaws and Practice Guidelines approved by the College.

Obligations to the Profession

MLTs shall uphold their professional status by:

6. Taking responsibility for their professional acts. Members are responsible for practicing within the specialties authorized on their certificates of registration.

7. Recognizing the competence of others and seeking their assistance as required.

8. Maintaining and improving their knowledge and skills. Members shall participate in continuing education.

9. Promoting the image and status of the profession.

10. Collaborating with other health professionals in the care of patients and the functioning and improvement of health services.

11. Complying with all current provincial and federal legislation for the protection of patients, health care providers, the general public and the environment.

12. Sharing knowledge with colleagues, students and other health care practitioners.

CMLTO Code of Ethics (PDF)
CMLTO Consolidated Bylaws (PDF)

PLEASE NOTE: Updated Code of Ethics to take effect in 2019

At its September 25, 2017 meeting, CMLTO Council approved the updated Code of Ethics, based on the documents drafted by the Canadian Alliance of Medical Laboratory Professional Regulators (CAMLPR).

The updated CMLTO Code of Ethics will take effect on January 1, 2019.

The updated CMLTO Code of Ethics can be found here (PDF).

If you have any questions about the updated CMLTO Code of Ethics, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .