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Call for Non-Board Committee Members (NBCMs) - APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOV 10, 2023

30 October 2023

CALL FOR NON-BOARD COMMITTEE MEMBERS (NBCMs)
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 10, 2023

The College of Medical Laboratory Technologist of Ontario (CMLTO) has the statutory duty to serve and protect the public by regulating the practice of medical laboratory technology in Ontario.

The Board of Directors is the CMLTO's governing body which is composed of elected and appointed members, who collectively have the authority and accountability for the overall outcomes of the College.

CMLTO Statutory Committees
The CMLTO Board of Directors conducts its various regulatory responsibilities through the following 7 (seven) statutory committees established by Section 10 (1) of the Health Professions Procedural Code being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), 1991:

1. Executive Committee,
2. Registration Committee,
3. Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC),
4. Discipline Committee,
5. Fitness to Practise Committee,
6. Quality Assurance Committee, and
7. Patient Relations Committee.

Roles and Mandates of the CMLTO Statutory Committees
The CMLTO statutory committees, which perform the functions set out in the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), 1991, Medical Laboratory Technology Act, 1991, and the CMLTO By-Law, are composed of Professional and Public Board Members, and Non-Board Committee Members, with the exception of the Executive Committee.

Please click here to learn more about the roles and mandates of the CMLTO Statutory Committees.

Time Commitment and Renumeration
The number of committee meetings held per year and the time commitment for each committee vary depending on the statutory committee.

Non-Board Committee Members are compensated for their time commitment and reimbursed for their expenses in accordance with the Ministry of Health Renumeration Framework for Public Appointees to the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies (Colleges) under the RHPA.

Appointment of Non-Board Committee Members
The CMLTO Board of Directors, after considering the committee compositions proposed by the Executive Committee, appoints the members of the Committees at its first regular meeting of the year.

The term of a Committee Member is one (1) year commencing immediately after the appointment takes place and expiring when a new Committee Member's term of office begins in accordance with the CMLTO By-Law.

Non-Board Committee Member Application Process
Registrants, who are eligible for appointment to a Statutory Committee as a Non-Board Committee Member pursuant to the CMLTO By-Law / Section 5.4 Committee Appointments, are invited to bring their valuable knowledge, skills and expertise to contribute to both public protection and the long-term growth of the MLT profession.

The applicants should submit the following documents to executiveoffice@cmlto.com by 4:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, November 10, 2023:

1. A letter of interest to serve as a Non-Board Committee Member, and
2. Current Curriculum Vitae.

For further information, please send an email to executiveoffice@cmlto.com.

BOARD HIGHLIGHTS FOR SEPTEMBER 14 & 15 2023

04 October 2023

The CMLTO Board of Directors met on September 14 & 15 2023 via Zoom. A few highlights from the meetings include:

Validation of CMLTO Ends (Critical Outcomes) Policies for 2024 to 2026/2027
The CMLTO serves the public interest through achievement of the CMLTO Critical Outcomes/Ends Policies, which are developed by the Board of Directors to ensure safe medical laboratory technology practice and high-quality healthcare in Ontario.

The CMLTO Board regularly monitors the achievement of its Ends (Critical Outcomes) Policies through the monitoring reports presented to the Board of Directors, which include data/evidence to demonstrate progress toward achievement of the Ends Policies.

The current Ends Policy direction provided by the CMLTO Board covered the period from 2019 to 2023. At its September meeting, the CMLTO Board approved the CMLTO Ends (Critical Outcomes) Policies for 2024 to 2026 / 2027.

Please click here to review the CMLTO Ends (Critical Outcomes) Policies for 2024 to 2026 / 2027.

CMLTO By-Law: Special Review for Emergency Class Registration
The Health Professions Procedural Code set out in Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (Section 16.3 "Emergency Classes of Registration") mandates all Health Regulatory Colleges to establish a new emergency class of registration.

At its meeting on April 20, 2023, the Board of Directors approved the amendments to the CMLTO's registration requirements, which are defined Ontario Regulation 207/94 (Part 1 – Registration) under the Medical Laboratory Technology Act, 1991. The amendments to the CMLTO Registration Regulation were enacted by the Ministry of Health in August 2023.

At its September meeting, the CMLTO Board approved the proposed amendments to the CMLTO By-Law regarding Emergency Class of Registration and circulation of these revisions to CMLTO Registrants for a minimum of sixty (60) days. Any input received from this consultation will be considered prior to the approval of the revised CMLTO By-Law.

Approval of Two New Board Policies
The CMLTO Board of Directors not only regularly reviews its By-Law and policies to ensure that all CMLTO governance documents are in alignment, current and transparent, but also conducts an ongoing gap analysis to ensure that its By-Law and policies accurately reflect the the direction of the College, match its mission, goals of governance and current legislation in pursuit of public interest.

To that end, the CMLTO Board of Directors approved two new Board Policies at its September meeting:

  1. New Governance Process Policy:
    (GP IV-170) Emergency Class of Registration Policy.
    (GP IV-170) Emergency Class of Registration Policy is intended to guide the CMLTO Board of Directors in enabling and expediting emergency registration under extraordinary circumstances, which warrant regulatory intervention, pursuant to the CMLTO classes of certificate of registration and registration requirements as outlined in Ontario Regulation 207/94 (Part 1 – Registration) under the Medical Laboratory Technology Act, 1991.
  2. New Executive Limitations Policy:
    (EL II-12) Financial Audit and External Auditors Policy
    (EL II-12) Financial Audit and Auditors Policy, which outlines the Board's executive risk boundaries for the Registrar and CEO with regards to financial audit and audit related matters, serves as the principal guidance document for the conduct of the financial audit by external auditors and a framework for the assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of the external auditor.
Modifications to the Board Monitoring or Registrar and CEO Process
The CMLTO Board regularly monitors the achievement of its Ends (Critical Outcomes) Policy and compliance with its Executive Limitations Policies through the monitoring reports presented to the Board of Directors by the Registrar and CEO.

The Registrar and CEO Ends and Executive Limitations Policy monitoring reports, which are intended to provide the Board of Directors with data and evidence to assist it with Registrar & CEO performance assessment, and hence, considered to be a confidential human resources matter, have always been presented to the Board of Directors in closed meetings in accordance with Section 7(2)(d) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.

The CMLTO Board is committed to transparency and accountability and supports disclosure of information pertaining to results and progress on Ends (Critical Outcomes) Policy achievement and compliance with the Executive Limitations Policies publicly in pursuit of public interest, even though this information is also used for the assessment of the Registrar and CEO performance.

Therefore, moving forward, Registrar and CEO Ends and Executive Limitations monitoring reports will be presented to the Board of Directors in open Board meetings to demonstrate progress on achievement of Ends (Critical Outcomes) Policies and compliance with Executive Limitations Policies in pursuit of transparency and accountability.

Please click here for further information on the other actions taken by the Board of Directors at its September meeting.

Next CMLTO Board Meetings
The next CMLTO Board meetings will be held on December 11 & 12, 2023.

THE RESULTS OF THE CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTION TO THE 2024 CMLTO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

04 October 2023

THE RESULTS OF THE CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTION TO THE 2024 CMLTO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Exciting news! The CMLTO will have a full complement of Board Members in 2024, marking the first time since 2011.

In 2023, the CMLTO adopted a refreshed approach to its Board Elections, aiming to proactively prevent and address vacancies in Board Member positions in the electoral districts, specifically the Northern electoral districts, which have been vacant for a considerable period of time.

As a result of the approach, which was designed to ensure representation of the public interest across all Electoral Districts in the regulation of the profession and the strategic direction of the College, all current and upcoming vacancies on the CMLTO Board of Directors have been successfully filled.

We are pleased to announce that, after a decade, the CMLTO will have a full complement of Board Members again in 2024.

The results of the Call for Nominations for Election to the 2024 CMLTO Board of Directors are as follows:

FIRST CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTION TO THE 2024 CMLTO BOARD (Deadline: May 26, 2023)

Pursuant to the CMLTO By-Law / Section 4.4 Election of Board Members, a Call for Nominations for Election to the 2024 CMLTO Board was published in FOCUS and posted on the CMLTO website for the following Electoral Districts:

Regular Election:
District 2
– Central West Region   Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2026
District 4 – Central East Region    Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2026

By-Election:
District 2 – Central West Region    Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2025
District 6 – North-East Region       Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024
District 7 – North-West Region      Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024

Results of the First Call for Nominations:
Electoral District 2 – Central West Region
(Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2026)
No nominations were received.

Electoral District 2 – Central West Region
(Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2025)
No nominations were received.

Electoral District 4 – Central East Region

(Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2026)
Two nominations were received. An online election for the professional CMLTO Board Member position on the Board of Directors in Electoral District 4 – Central East Region started on August 25, 2023, and ended on September 29, 2023.

George Broukhanski is declared elected for a three-year (3) term on the CMLTO Board of Directors commencing January 1, 2024 and ending on December 31, 2026. George has been serving on the CMLTO Board of Directors as a Professional Board Member since January 1, 2018.

Electoral District 6 – North-East Region
(Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024)
One nomination was received. Jessica McBane is declared elected to the CMLTO Board of Directors by acclamation for the term: January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024.

Electoral District 7 – North-West Region
(Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024)
One nomination was received. The candidate was deemed ineligible to stand for election pursuant to the CMLTO By-Law / Section 4.4.5.1 Eligibility to Stand for Election.

SECOND CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTION TO THE 2024 CMLTO BOARD
(Deadline: July 21, 2023)
In accordance with the CMLTO By-Law / Section 4.4 Election of Board Members, a second Call for Nominations for Election to the 2024 CMLTO Board was published in FOCUS and posted on the CMLTO website for the following Electoral Districts, which remained vacant during the first nomination cycle:

BY-ELECTION:
District 2 –
Central West Region     Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2025
District 2 – Central West Region     Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2026
District 7 – North-West Region        Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024

Results of the Second Call for Nominations
Electoral District 2 – Central West Region
(Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2026)
One nomination was received. Mary Costantino is declared elected to the CMLTO Board of Directors by acclamation for the term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2026. Mary has been serving on the CMLTO Board of Directors as a Professional Board Member since January 1, 2021.

Electoral District 2 – Central West Region
(Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2025)
One nomination was received. Shweta Pant is declared elected to the CMLTO Board of Directors by acclamation for the term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2025.

Electoral District 7 – North-West Region
(Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024)
One nomination was received. Janette Aaltonen is declared elected the CMLTO Board of Directors by acclamation to for the term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024.

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE CMLTO BOARD AS AN ACADEMIC MEMBER
(Deadline: May 26, 2023)
Pursuant to the CMLTO By-Law / Section 4.5 Appointment of Academic Board Member, a call for expressions of interest for appointment to the CMLTO Board as an Academic Member (for the term: January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2026) was published in Issue 1 of FOCUS and posted on our website.

Representation from among the faculty ranks in the composition of the Board of Directors ensures that medical laboratory technology academic/educator perspectives are reflected on the Board of Directors.

Results of the Call for Expressions of Interest
One application was received. Pursuant to the CMLTO By-Law / Section 4.5.7.6 Appointment of the Academic Board Member by Board of Directors, Dr. Lavern Bourne was appointed to the Academic Member Position on the CMLTO Board of Directors by the Board at its meeting on September 14, 2023. Lavern has been serving on the CMLTO Board of Directors as an Academic Member since January 1, 2021.

The CMLTO Board of Directors extends its congratulations to its newly elected and appointed Members!

CMLTO Critical Outcomes/Ends: 2024-2026/2027

04 October 2023

The CMLTO serves the public interest through achievement of the CMLTO Critical Outcomes/Ends Policies, which are developed by the Board of Directors to ensure safe medical laboratory technology practice and high-quality healthcare in Ontario.

The CMLTO Board regularly monitors the achievement of its Ends (Critical Outcomes) Policies through the monitoring reports presented to the Board of Directors, which include data/evidence to demonstrate progress toward achievement of the Ends Policies.

The current Ends Policy direction provided by the CMLTO Board covered the period from 2019 to 2023. At its September 2023 meeting, the CMLTO Board approved the CMLTO Ends (Critical Outcomes) Policies for 2024 to 2026 / 2027. You can access these Ends Policies here

Call for Non-Board Committee Members (NBCMs)

04 October 2023

CALL FOR NON-BOARD COMMITTEE MEMBERS (NBCMs)
The College of Medical Laboratory Technologist of Ontario (CMLTO) has the statutory duty to serve and protect the public by regulating the practice of medical laboratory technology in Ontario.

The Board of Directors is the CMLTO's governing body which is composed of elected and appointed members, who collectively have the authority and accountability for the overall outcomes of the College.

CMLTO Statutory Committees
The CMLTO Board of Directors conducts its various regulatory responsibilities through the following 7 (seven) statutory committees established by Section 10 (1) of the Health Professions Procedural Code being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), 1991:

  1. Executive Committee,
  2. Registration Committee,
  3. Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC), 
  4. Discipline Committee, 
  5. Fitness to Practise Committee, 
  6. Quality Assurance Committee, and 
  7. Patient Relations Committee 
Roles and Mandates of the CMLTO Statutory Committees
The CMLTO statutory committees, which perform the functions set out in the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), 1991, Medical Laboratory Technology Act, 1991, and the CMLTO By-Law, are composed of Professional and Public Board Members, and Non-Board Committee Members, with the exception of the Executive Committee.

Please click here to learn more about the roles and mandates of the CMLTO Statutory Committees.

Time Commitment and Renumeration
The number of committee meetings held per year and the time commitment for each committee vary depending on the statutory committee.

Non-Board Committee Members are compensated for their time commitment and reimbursed for their expenses in accordance with the Ministry of Health Renumeration Framework for Public Appointees to the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies (Colleges) under the RHPA.

Appointment of Non-Board Committee Members
The CMLTO Board of Directors, after considering the committee compositions proposed by the Executive Committee, appoints the members of the Committees at its first regular meeting of the year.

The term of a Committee Member is one (1) year commencing immediately after the appointment takes place and expiring when a new Committee Member's term of office begins in accordance with the CMLTO By-Law.

Non-Board Committee Member Application Process
Registrants, who are eligible for appointment to a Statutory Committee as a Non-Board Committee Member pursuant to the CMLTO By-Law / Section 5.4 Committee Appointments, are invited to bring their valuable knowledge, skills and expertise to contribute to both public protection and the long-term growth of the MLT profession.

The applicants should submit the following documents to executiveoffice@cmlto.com by 4:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 27, 2023:

  1. A letter of interest to serve as a Non-Board Committee Member, and
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae.
For further information, please send an email to executiveoffice@cmlto.com.



Update: Regulation of Medical Laboratory Assistants and Technicians in Ontario

05 September 2023

CMLTO staff will be hosting two live webinars to provide an update regarding the pursuit of regulating medical laboratory assistants and technicians in Ontario. These webinars are aimed at medical laboratory assistants and technicians, and will include a historical overview, current state, future directions, and information regarding the CMLTO Voluntary Roster for Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians.

Both webinars will present the same content and are being offered twice to accommodate for differing work schedules of medical laboratory assistants and technicians.

The first webinar is being held on Wednesday, September 20th, 2023 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT. To register for this webinar, please click here.

The second webinar is being held on Wednesday, September 20th, 2023 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm EDT. To register for this webinar, please click here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Additionally, CMLTO staff have developed a one-pager document that outlines basic information about the Voluntary Roster initiative, including how to apply, here.

If you have any further questions about the Voluntary Roster initiative, please do not hesitate to contact CMLTO staff at communications@cmlto.com.

The 2023 CMLTO Board Election in Electoral District 4 is Underway 

25 August 2023

An election for the professional Board Member position on the CMLTO Board of Directors from Electoral District 4 – Central East Region is underway now.

CMLTO Registrants, who are eligible to vote in Electoral District 4, have been notified by email on August 25, 2023 and sent instructions for casting their votes electronically.

Registrants, who believe they are eligible to vote in Electoral District 4 but have not received a notification, should send an email to executiveoffice@cmlto.com

CMLTO encourages all Registrants, who are eligible to vote in Electoral District 4, to exercise their professional responsibility and vote for the candidate who they think will actively and effectively govern in the public interest on the Board of Directors.

Poll close date: Friday, September 29, 2023, 12:59 p.m. EDT.

Updated Collaboration Practice Guideline and Infographic on IPC in MLT Practice Released

24 August 2023

Promoting interprofessional collaboration (IPC) is a critical component of CMLTO's role in protecting the public, as patient outcomes vastly improve when Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) collaborate with each other and other healthcare professionals. MLTs have access to highly specialized knowledge and skillsets which offer immeasurable value in patient diagnoses, treatments, and general disease management.

MLTs have an ethical, legal, and professional obligation to participate in IPC. To support this, the CMLTO is pleased to share its updated Collaboration Guideline along with a newly developed IPC Infographic.

The CMLTO Collaboration Guideline for Medical Laboratory Technologists is intended to support MLTs as they partake in IPC initiatives related to their professional practice. The guideline provides insights into IPC enablers and how MLTs can integrate these into their everyday practice and therefore improve the standard of care that they provide. For access to this updated guideline, click here. Pour accéder en français, cliquez ici

The CMLTO IPC Infographic was developed by CMLTO staff following a 2022 survey issued to a group of 1000 randomly selected Practising registrants. The infographic presents findings from the survey and showcases how IPC in MLT practice has evolved over time. The infographic is unique in that it also provides information pertaining to the impact of COVID-19 on MLT practice. For access to this infographic, click here. Pour accéder en français, cliquez ici.

If you have any questions about these initiatives, please contact CMLTO staff at qualityassurance@cmlto.com.

Upcoming Webinar: Alternative Pathways to Registration as an MLT

17 August 2023

In light of the new Emergency Class and "As of Right" pathways to CMLTO registration, the CMLTO is hosting a webinar about Alternative Pathways to Registration as an MLT. The webinar will take place on September 28th, 2023 and is hosted at 12:00 PM EST. If you are unable to participate we will be sharing a recording of the webinar on our website at a later date.

The webinar will run for 1.5 hours in length and the structure of the webinar will involve a CMLTO staff member sharing information about the recent amendments made to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the Medical Laboratory Technology Act, 1991 and the subsequent registration pathways that were created. CMLTO staff will also be providing details about what is involved with each registration pathway focusing on a single specialty, and how this impacts MLTs in Ontario.

To Register for the Webinar:

Please follow this link and complete all of the appropriate information: Registration (gotowebinar.com). You will receive an email for further details on the webinar after you register.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at communications@cmlto.com.

CAMLPR’s Flexible Pathways to Registration for Medical Laboratory Technologists in Canada

26 July 2023

The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists (CMLTO) is pleased to showcase a recent initiative led by the Canadian Alliance of Medical Laboratory Professionals Regulators (CAMLPR), known as the Flexible Pathways to Registration for Medical Laboratory Technologists project. The goal of this project is to address the shortage of Medical Laboratory Technologists in Canada throughout the next ten years by increasing the availability of registered health professionals qualified to work in their respective fields.

The Flexible Pathways to Registration for Medical Laboratory Technologists is funded by the Government of Canada, and involves the creation of an online portal for both internationally and Canadian educated Medical Laboratory Technologists who are unable to register to practice through current registration processes, developing entry to practice competencies in order to guarantee that up-to-date workplace conditions are reflected, and to make the registration process more efficient for individuals whose unique professional backgrounds and qualifications equip them to work within their fields.

The Canadian Alliance of Medical Laboratory Professionals Regulators (CAMLPR) has produced two articles for further context behind the initiative. We strongly encourage you to consult the articles, linked below:

To learn more about this groundbreaking initiative and the impact that it will have on the MLT registration process, please consult the CAMLPR website here