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Point-of-care testing in Ontario

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) defines point-of-care testing as:

“Testing of samples taken from a patient and performed at or near the bedside with the result leading to possible changes in the care of that individual is defined as point-of-care testing (POCT).”

The MOHLTC POCT policy and guideline are available here. The policy references the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 15189 Medical laboratories – Particular requirements for quality and competence, 2003 and POCT ISO 22870 Point-of-care testing - Requirements for quality and competence. This policy applies to hospitals with a licensed laboratory, hospitals without a licensed laboratory, and long-term care homes. 

Through its mandatory inspections of licensed laboratories, the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH) programs for laboratory Accreditation and Proficiency testing ensures these facilities are responsible for the quality of laboratory results generated to support patient care.