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VHF clinical and diagnostic testing update

11 April 2014

Public Health Ontario issued an alert about viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF) for clinicians which includes information about diagnostic laboratory testing for suspect VHF patients. Read the update (PDF) now.

PLI requirement reminder

20 March 2014

As reported in the December 2013 and February 2014 issues of FOCUS, the CMLTO Council passed amendments to the Consolidated Bylaws requiring practising members to carry professional liability insurance (PLI), in all employment settings by March 31, 2014.
Effective April 1, 2014:
• Current practising CMLTO members will be required to complete a self-declaration form describing compliance with the bylaw requirements during the annual registration renewal period beginning in October 2014, as well as throughout the year if any changes are made to their CMLTO registration.
• Practising members may be chosen to be audited randomly to provide proof of PLI.
• New CMLTO membership applicants will be required to complete an undertaking requiring that PLI is in place prior to starting professional practice. 
For more information about PLI, please go to this page.

CMLTO Event listings

20 March 2014

Whenever possible, CMLTO lists events that may be of interest to those working in the medical laboratory technology profession or other regulated health professions, on this page.
If you are looking for a CMLTO staff member to make a presentation, please go to this page.

Call for appointment of Academic Member to Council

05 March 2014

The CMLTO Council establishes the College’s strategic directions and the outcomes that will lead self-regulation forward in the interest of the public’s right to safe, high-quality health care. The CMLTO invites you to be part of this process by seeking appointment for Academic Member position on Council. Bring your knowledge, skill and ability to Council and help shape the future.

To be eligible the member’s primary employment must be teaching a course of study accredited by the Canadian Medical Association’s Conjoint Committee for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Medical Laboratory Technology.

To be considered for appointment to the Council Academic Member position, please submit a brief letter outlining why you are seeking the appointment and the value you would bring to Council, accompanied by a copy of your current resumé.

Applications will be reviewed by the CMLTO Executive Committee, with an appointment being approved by Council at the November 2014 Council meeting.

The Academic Member term commences January 1, 2015, and ends December 31, 2017.
If you require further information about the Academic Member’s role or the application process, please email executiveoffice@cmlto.com.

Please mail your application to: Registrar & Executive Director, CMLTO, 25 Adelaide Street East, Suite 2100, Toronto, ON M5C 3A1

The deadline for Academic Member applications to be received by the College is May 23, 2014, 5:00 pm.

Toronto Public Health Alert - Measles

10 February 2014

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is investigating a lab-confirmed case of measles. Diagnosis of measles should include both clinical and laboratory assessment. Laboratory diagnosis of measles should include both serology and virus detection.
For more information, please read the Surveillance Alert (PDF).

PLI update

05 December 2013

In late July 2013, CMLTO launched a 60-day consultation regarding the proposed amendments to the CMLTO Consolidated Bylaws requiring all Practising members to carry professional liability insurance (PLI), effective March 31, 2014. Council received CMLTO members’ and stakeholders’ feedback at its November 29, 2013 meeting.

The motion to adopt the proposed amendments to the CMLTO Consolidated Bylaws passed unanimously.

Medical laboratory technologists with questions about the implications of this new bylaw to their professional practice should refer to the Professional Liability Insurance pages for further information.

Deadline for renewal is December 31st

02 December 2013

CMLTO members are reminded that the deadline for the 2014 Annual Registration Renewal is December 31, 2013.
For more information about renewing online, please click here.

Renewal reminder

02 December 2013

Members must renew their 2014 Annual Registration online by December 31, 2013, at www.cmlto-onlineservices.com.  
  1. Log in by entering your User name (Registration Number) and current User password (birth date in the following format [yyyy/MMM/dd]).
  2. Payment options are credit card (Visa and MasterCard only) and Interac/Debit payment. To use your debit card, you must be set up for electronic banking.
  3. Upon completion of your annual registration renewal, you must return to CMLTO online services and select “View/Print receipts” to print your proof of registration/income tax receipt.
  4. If you decide that you no longer wish to continue your registration with CMLTO, and avoid having your membership suspended for non payment of fees, you must resign your membership. To resign your membership for 2014, select the “Renew your Membership” button. Under the “Class of Registration” tab, select the resign option. Please remember to “Save the class of registration” data page and “Confirm to Resign”.
  5. A twenty (20%) percent penalty fee will be automatically applied if you renew your membership after December 31, 2013, and before January 31, 2014.
Member Services is available to assist you with your registration renewal from Monday to Friday, 8:30am until 4:30pm Please note the CMLTO office hours during the holidays

Federal Blood Regulations come into force

23 October 2013

Health Canada is pleased to announce that the Blood Regulations -- under the authority of the Food and Drugs Act – were published in Canada Gazette, Part II (CGII) on October 23, 2013, and will come into force on October 23, 2014. 
These documents are available on the Canada Gazette website at http://www.gazette.gc.ca/index-eng.html and from the Health Canada website at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/brgtherap/legislation/gazette2/index-eng.php
The Blood Regulations contain safety requirements with respect to blood for transfusion or for further manufacture and apply to all persons or establishments who perform any of the following activities related to blood: processing (donor suitability assessment, collection, testing and blood component preparation); transforming (washing, pooling and irradiating blood intended for transfusion); labelling; storing; record keeping; importing (for transfusion); distributing; and error, accident and adverse reaction investigation and reporting.

Access the DynaMed™ database

02 October 2013

The Allied Health Professional Development Fund (AHPDF) will be offering access to MLTs and other health professionals, to a new database called DynaMed™ through its Electronic Health Library (EHL). Access to the database will be offered from October 1, 2013, until December 31, 2013. Access to the DynaMed™ database may be extended, depending on its popularity.