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PHO update: Mycobacterium tuberculosis

01 March 2016

Public Health Ontario (PHO) has released a new PHOL labstract (LAB-SD-113-000) for Ontario medical laboratories.
It concerns Mycobacterium tuberculosis susceptibility testing—Impact of Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) co-isolation with M. tuberculosis. Click here to read the update.

Call for Nominations for Election to CMLTO Council

17 February 2016

Deadline for election nomination forms to be received by the CMLTO is Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 5:00 pm.

The CMLTO exists for the protection of the public’s right to safe, high-quality health care through self-regulation and leadership of the medical laboratory technology profession. The Council establishes CMLTO’s strategic direction and the outcomes that will lead self-regulation forward in the interest of public safety. The CMLTO invites you to be part of this process. Bring your knowledge, skill and ability to Council and help shape the future.

To participate, you will need to run for election this year in the following districts:
District 2 – Central West Region
District 4 – Central East Region
District 8 – Member-at-Large

Elections for existing Council vacancies will also be held for the following districts:
District 3 – Toronto Area
District 6 – North East Region
District 7 – North West Region

Council Member Nomination
To achieve an effective mix of skills and abilities, the Council has established selection criteria for Council Member nominations and appointments.These criteria are designed to increase understanding of the qualifications and expectations of Council Members and serve as a guide for candidates and for those who are nominating, and being nominated, for Council positions. Please click here to view the criteria.

Zika virus testing guidelines for health professionals

28 January 2016

Public Health Ontario (PHO) has published Zika virus lab testing and specimen handling information for medical laboratory professionals in Ontario. Click here to read the information.

Understanding your duty to report: new resource

21 January 2016

The Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth and the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario have developed a new resource titled, Yes, You Can. Dispelling the Myths About Sharing Information with Children’s Aid Societies.
Common misunderstandings about privacy are frequently cited as reasons for not sharing information with a children’s aid society about a child who may be at risk. Ontario law permits professionals working with children to share this information.
This new guide helps professionals understand that privacy is not a barrier to disclosing this important information.

CMLTO in the news

19 January 2016

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

Approved refresher courses for 2016

05 January 2016

The lists of CMLTO-approved refresher courses have been updated for 2016. Click here for further information.

Late fees and suspensions

04 January 2016

CMLTO’s 2016 Annual Registration Renewal ended December 31, 2015. All MLTs in Ontario were notified of the renewal requirements by letter mail. Late fees are now added to renewal fees. Members who failed to renew by the deadline will receive a Notice of Intention to Suspend from the Registrar & Executive Director.
If a member’s certificate of registration is suspended, the Registrar & Executive Director will notify the member and any employers by mail.
Upon suspension, the certificate of registration expires, and the former member is no longer authorized to practise medical laboratory technology in Ontario.
A permanent notation of the suspension will appear in the MLT’s record in the CMLTO public register. A list containing the names of all suspended medical laboratory technologists will be published in the FOCUS newsletter.

FOCUS final issue of 2015

16 December 2015

The most recent issue CMLTO's member newsletter FOCUS is available online now. A link to an interactive version has been emailed to members and subscribers. Click here to read or download a PDF version (not interactive).

CMLTO Voluntary Roster webinar

09 November 2015

CMLTO is a hosting webinar about the regulation of medical laboratory assistants and technicians and the launch of the Voluntary Roster. Plan to join us on Wednesday, December 2, 1:00-2:30pm.
Click here for registration details.

New PHOL labstract: influenza

03 November 2015

The Public Health Ontario Laboratories' (PHOL) new labstract (LAB-SD-070-005) regarding Influenza and other respiratory viral testing algorithms for fall and winter is available online here.