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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.

OFC releases 2013 assessment

23 September 2013

The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) has released its Registration Practices Assessment Report for CMLTO, September 2013. 
The OFC deemed CMLTO's Assessment of Qualifications as a commendable practice and has not made any recommendations for this assessment period.
Read the report (PDF) now. 

Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP) update

23 September 2013

Cancer Care Ontario has issued a further update to the Ontario Cervical Screening Cytology Guidelines in its Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP).
Read about the changes and their impact on laboratories here

Update: Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP)

23 September 2013

Cancer Care Ontario's Dr. Linda Rabeneck, Vice-President, Prevention and Cancer Control; Dr. Joan Murphy, Clinical Lead, Ontario Cervical Screening Program; and Dr. Suzanne Strasberg, Provincial Lead, Primary Care, issued the following update to practitioners on September 20, 2013.

We are pleased to share with you an important update about the enhancement of the Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP). 

As you are aware, the cervical screening program enhancement is underway, beginning with letters in August to women who have recently had a Pap test. These letters let women know about our program, informed them of our privacy guidelines and gave them the choice to opt out of receiving correspondence from Cancer Care Ontario (CCO). 

Starting September 19th, CCO will begin sending result letters to women age 21 and over who have recently had a Pap test (but only to those who did not opt out of the correspondence program). 

In the coming months, CCO will also send reminder letters to women aged 21 to 69 who were screened 35 months ago to let them know they are due for re-screening. Invitation letters will then be sent to women aged 30 to 69 years who were not screened within the prior 36 months. These letters will help women stay up-to-date with cervical cancer screening and encourage them to talk to their healthcare provider about screening.

In the year ahead, we will also be expanding our letters to the public for breast and colorectal cancer screening. In anticipation of successful program growth, we recognize that your laboratory may experience higher volumes associated with increased screening in Ontario. 

We will continue to provide you with updates because we believe it is important that our key partners remain informed about each phase of this work so they can adequately prepare for changes that may affect them.

If you have any questions, please call us toll-free at 1-866-662-9233 or e-mail us at primarycare@cancercare.on.ca.

For information on cervical screening guidelines or our easy-to-use clinical resources, including our newly developed mobile apps, please visit www.cancercare.on.ca/pcresources.

 

NW LHIN looking for practicing health professionals

06 September 2013

The North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is seeking practicing health professionals to join its Health Professionals Advisory Committee (HPAC).
The HPAC is composed of members from a range of health services professions and has the responsibility of providing advice to the LHIN on how to achieve patient-centred health care. It is a volunteer committee and members will not be compensated for their role on the committee.
Click here to learn more.