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Communications & Stakeholder Engagement

As the regulation of medical laboratory assistants and medical laboratory technicians initiative continues to develop and progress, the CMLTO is committed to keeping members, medical laboratory assistants, medical laboratory technicians, the public, and stakeholders informed and engaged. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The CMLTO will continue to provide information via electronic updates to all who register for them.

The CMLTO also invites those interested to request a CMLTO representative to speak with their organizations by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


Latest news

Links to the latest news concerning the initiative will be posted here.

Search the Voluntary Roster by clicking here.

August 2016
Read the report about this initiative included in the 2015 CMLTO Annual Report by clicking here (PDF).
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January 2016

CMLTO stakeholder publishes article in support of regulating medical laboratory assistants and technicians.
The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science(CSMLS) recently published an article by its President Chris Hirtle, which outlines CSMLS' support for regulating medical laboratory assistants and technicians.

In particular, he cites CMLTO's efforts and the Voluntary Roster of Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians while refuting some misconceptions about the initiative.

Read the article by clicking here.

Webinars announced!
CMLTO is hosting webinars about the regulation of medical laboratory assistants and technicians and the launch of the Voluntary Roster. 
This webinar will:
• share the timeline and CMLTO accomplishments of the initiative to regulate medical laboratory assistants and technicians to date
• present the Voluntary Roster for medical laboratory assistants and technicians in Ontario
• answer questions from session participants regarding this CMLTO initiative. Plan to join us on:

Monday, November 9, 1:00-2:30pm, register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9053580322996567298
Wednesday, December 2, 1:00-2:30pm, register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2454748039535433730

October 1, 2015: The CMLTO Voluntary Roster of Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians is launched! Read the news release (PDF). 

The CMLTO Voluntary Roster of Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians is now accepting applications! Click to get started.

September 2015: FAQ for employers about the Voluntary Roster (PDF).

June 2015: The Voluntary Roster poster is released!

thumbnail_vol_ros_posterCMLTO is set to launch its Voluntary Roster of Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians in Fall 2015.

As one of the major milestones in this Council-initiated project which is a step towards regulating medical laboratory technicians and assistants, the Voluntary Roster gives this group of laboratory practitioners the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to public protection and professionalism by joining.

Until such time that medical laboratory assistants and medical laboratory technicians are regulated health professionals in Ontario, the Voluntary Roster will serve the public interest by confirming they have voluntarily met a certain level of education and professional practice qualifications.

MLTs will begin seeing posters online and in various labs and hospitals as CMLTO continues to spread the word to medical lab technicians and assistants. If you’d like a presentation made at your workplace, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click here to download or print a copy of the poster (PDF).

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The CMLTO has taken another step forward in its initiative to create a Voluntary Roster for Medical  Laboratory Assistants and Technicians. CMLTO Council approved proposed additions to the CMLTO Consolidated Bylaws to establish non-statutory (voluntary roster) committees at its September 2014 meeting.
The CMLTO believes that increased access to a broader range of regulated health professionals in the clinical laboratory is in the public’s best interest. The College posted the proposed amendments online and sent the information to all members and over seventy stakeholders by letter mail in June 2014. Members and stakeholders were invited to respond during a 60-day consultation period. Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond.

CMLTO Council approves Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians Draft Code of Ethics (PDF) at its September 2014 meeting.



Publications and resources

 

Project history timeline (PDF)
The regulation of  medical laboratory assistants and medical laboratory technicians is a multi-year initiative. Key milestones are documented in the project timeline.
 

Regulation of Medical Laboratory Assistants & Medical Laboratory Technicians Position Paper (PDF) 

Medical laboratory assistants and medical laboratory technicians have a significant impact on quality patient care, and that impact is increasing. Regulating medical laboratory assistants and medical laboratory technicians under the same legislative framework as medical laboratory technologists will provide the public with greater protection through the assurance of high-quality clinical laboratory services. Discussions with medical laboratory technologists, assistants and technicians have clarified and confirmed the CMLTO's rationale for pursuing the regulation of medical laboratory assistants and medical laboratory technicians, which is articulated the CMLTO's Position Paper.
 

Registered Medical Laboratory Technician Draft Scope of Practice Statement (PDF) 

Medical laboratory assistants and medical laboratory technicians have diverse educational and preparatory backgrounds as they come into the clinical laboratory. A scope of practice statement for medical laboratory assistants and technicians is a foundational and fundamental part of the regulation of medical laboratory assistants and medical laboratory technicians as it outlines the scope of responsibilities of those practitioners the CMLTO is addressing.

Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians Draft Standards of Practice (PDF)

The CMLTO developed the Standards of Practice for Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians to define the expectations and professional accountabilities for individuals included in the CMLTO Voluntary Roster. The Standards of Practice apply to all dimensions of practice, including non-technical areas such as education, administration, quality assurance and research.


Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians Draft Code of Ethics (PDF)
The Code of Ethics outlines the expectations for professional behaviours by Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians included on the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO) Voluntary Roster. These statements provide a moral framework for the professional and personal conduct of all Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians included on the CMLTO Voluntary Roster. The Code of Ethics applies to all dimensions of practice, including non-technical areas such as education, administration, quality assurance and research.

Frequently asked questions for employers about the Voluntary Roster (PDF)

CMLTO launches its Voluntary Roster of Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians (PDF) news release

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