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Professional Conduct

The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO) has a duty to regulate the profession in the public interest. One of the primary ways the CMLTO fulfills this mandate is by dealing appropriately with complaints and concerns about the conduct of medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) in Ontario.

Complaints

The CMLTO is required to investigate all complaints received regarding the conduct of its members. The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) investigates all complaints, and then issues a decision (and the reasons) to the member and the complainant.

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The ICRC has the authority to conclude complaints with reminders and or recommendations, issue cautions, and refer specified allegations of a member’s professional misconduct or incompetence to the Discipline Committee for a hearing. The ICRC can also require a member to complete a specified continuing education or remediation program.


Mandatory Reports

Employers are required to file a report with the CMLTO if they terminate an MLT’s employment, suspend an MLT, or restrict an MLT’s practice for reasons of professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity.

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In addition, facilities are required to report to the CMLTO if they employ an MLT who is incompetent or incapacitated. Incompetence is a deficiency in the knowledge, skill, and judgment required to practise. Incapacity is when a physical or mental condition affects an individual's ability to practise.

Finally, all regulated health professionals are required to file a report with the CMLTO if they have reasonable and probable grounds to believe an MLT has sexually abused a patient.

The Registrar reviews mandatory reports, and may appoint an investigator if he/she has reasonable and probable grounds to believe a member may have engaged in an act of professional misconduct or may be incompetent. The investigator’s report is referred to the ICRC for a decision.

If necessary, the issue of whether an MLT’s physical or mental condition affects their ability to practise may be referred to the Fitness to Practise Committee for a hearing and determination.

Discipline

The Discipline Committee of the CMLTO holds hearings to determine if an MLT has engaged in an act of professional misconduct or is incompetent to practice. If so, the Discipline Committee determines the appropriate penalty, which may include a reprimand, fines of up to $35,000, suspensions, terms, limitations and conditions on a certificate of registration, or revocation of registration.

Fitness to Practise

The ICRC also handles concerns regarding an MLT’s physical and/or mental condition, and their impact on that MLT's ability to practice safely. In these cases, Inquiry Panels are struck to gather information about the member's condition. Inquiry Panels work with members to ensure the member's condition is properly monitored and managed and the public is protected. If necessary, the issue of an MLT’s capacity to safely continue practising with a physical or mental condition may be referred to the Fitness to Practise Committee for a hearing and determination.



Notice of Hearing

The Discipline Committee of the CMLTO will hold a hearing on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at Victory Verbatim, 222 Bay Street, Suite 900 in Toronto commencing at 9:30 am to consider allegations of professional misconduct against member Christopher Mayoros, whose principal place of practice is London Health Sciences Centre in London. It is alleged that Mr. Mayoros failed to comply with the College’s quality assurance program.

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Avis d’audience

Le Comité de discipline de l’OTLMO tiendra une audience sur mardi 10 novembre 2015, au Victory Verbatim, 222, rue Bay, bureau 900 à Toronto, à compter du 09h30 pour examiner les allégations de faute professionnelle contre un membre nommé Christopher Mayoros, dont le lieu d'exercice principal est London Health Sciences Centre à Londres. Il est allégué que M. Mayoros omis de se conformer au programme d'assurance de la qualité de l'Ordre.

 

Discipline Hearing summaries