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Updated: Guidelines for supervision

16 April 2019

In early 2019, the Guidelines for supervision underwent a content review and revision. The Registration Committee passed a motion to approve the updated Guidelines for supervision in early April. 

MLTs involved in supervision assume professional responsibility for those whom they supervise, and can expect to be held accountable for the work of people under their supervision. The updated guidelines clarifies the general expectations for MLTs performing supervisory roles, in conjunction with the CMLTO Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, and other CMLTO Practice Guidelines.

Access the Guidelines for supervision (PDF), along with other CMLTO professional practice resources by clicking the links.

CMLTO Easter 2019 office hours

15 April 2019

Please note that the CMLTO office will be closed on April 19, 2019, for the Good Friday statutory holiday. Regular office hours resume at 8:30 am on Monday, April 22nd.

CMLTO offers speakers for presentations

10 April 2019


The CMLTO is committed to building relationships with members, other health profession colleges, key stakeholders, and the public. 

We are pleased to provide speakers on a wide variety of topics, including its regulatory role, ethics and professionalism, interprofessional collaboration, and the Voluntary Roster of Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians.

To request a CMLTO speaker to deliver a presentation, please e-mail memberrelations@cmlto.com.

Impact of Bill C-46 on professional practice

22 March 2019

In December 2018, changes to the federal Criminal Code, through Bill C-46, came into force which significantly broadened the circumstances in which a peace officer may obtain blood samples from alleged impaired drivers.

A few laboratories in Ontario have been approached by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to explore arrangements through which MLTs would be involved in the collection of these samples. CMLTO has received professional practice inquiries from laboratories as a result of these changes, and has created a guidance document for members, based on legal advice the CMLTO obtained in February 2019.

Please click here (PDF) to access the CMLTO’s guidance for members regarding the impact of Bill C-46 on professional practice.

Members should always seek guidance from the risk management or legal department of their own institution in relation to requests by police for blood samples.

Call for Nominations for Election to CMLTO Council

01 March 2019

Help shape the future of healthcare in Ontario! The CMLTO Council invites engaged, motivated MLTs to run for Council election in five districts of the province.

Council establishes the CMLTO's strategic direction and the outcomes that will lead self-regulation forward in the interest of public safety. Learn more by clicking here (PDF).

Family Day 2019 office hours

12 February 2019

The CMLTO office will be closed for the Family Day statutory holiday on February 18, 2019. Regular office hours resume at 8:30 am on February 19th.

CMLTO issues registration suspensions

12 February 2019

MLTs who did not renew their memberships by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, February 8, 2019, have had their certificates of registration suspended. CMLTO Registrar & CEO Kathy Wilkie is notifying those who have been suspended and their employers by postal mail. Upon suspension, those people are no longer authorized to practise medical laboratory technology in Ontario.

Further, a permanent notation of the suspension (and subsequent reinstatement, if applicable) 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 CMLTO FOCUS newsletter. To determine an MLT’s status at any time, please search the CMLTO Public Register.

New PHIPA rules and requirements for MLTs and employers

03 January 2019

According to new rules under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), health information custodians in Ontario are now required to report statistics relating to health privacy breaches annually to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario's (IPC) office, which oversees compliance with PHIPA.

Learn more about the implications of these new rules for MLTs and laboratory employers/managers by clicking here.

2018 health privacy breach reporting requirements

03 January 2019

According to new rules under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), health information custodians in Ontario are now required to report statistics relating to health privacy breaches annually to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario's (IPC) office, which oversees compliance with PHIPA.

Examples of health information custodians include health care practitioners such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, speech-language pathologists, chiropractors, dental professionals, dieticians, medical laboratory technologists, massage therapists, midwives, occupational therapists, opticians and physiotherapists. This statistical report will set out the number of times in 2018 that personal health information held by a health information custodian was stolen, lost, used without authority and/or disclosed without authority. The other sections of the report will focus on the cause of the breach and the number of individuals affected. The report does not ask for personal health information.

The IPC online statistics submission website is now open for health information custodians across Ontario to submit their statistics for the 2018 reporting year. Health information custodians that have experienced at least one health privacy breach during the 2018 reporting year—from January to December—are required by law to complete the online questionnaire. The deadline to submit is Friday, March 1, 2019.

Please refer to a letter from the IPC (PDF) and a corresponding factsheet (PDF) for more information.

Important information about late fees and suspensions for MLTs

03 January 2019

All MLTs in Ontario were notified of the CMLTO’s 2019 Annual Registration Renewal requirements by letter mail in October 2018, and the online renewal platform became available on November 1, 2018. The opportunity to renew the CMLTO membership without penalty ended on December 31, 2018. Members who failed to renew by the deadline will receive a Notice of Intention to Suspend from the Registrar & CEO in the coming week.

Please click here for further important details about late fees and suspensions and the resulting notation that will appear in the CMLTO Public Register.