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CMA-accredited MLT education programs

02 June 2016

In January 2016, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) announced it would be divesting itself of responsibility for allied health sciences program accreditation services. The CMA plans to continue operation of its accreditation services until January 31, 2018, at which point CMA accreditation services will no longer exist.

Please read this letter (PDF) from the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS), and the Canadian Alliance of Medical Laboratory Professionals Regulators (CAMLPR), which outlines their shared goal to collaborate and establish a new accreditation framework that meets the needs of regulators, educational institutes and the larger medical laboratory community.

New PHOL labstract: Mycobacteriology and Tuberculosis

30 May 2016

For medical laboratory professionals: Public Health Ontario Laboratories (PHOL) has published new PHOL labstract (LAB-SD-114-000) regarding the Mycobacteriology and Tuberculosis (TB).

The Laboratory Update: Change to real time PCR for the direct detection of M. tuberculosis complex (MtbC) and Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) may be found online by clicking here (PDF).

CMLTO opens consultation period

25 May 2016

The CMLTO Council is seeking comments and feedback from members, medical laboratory sector stakeholders and employers, and the public regarding proposed amendments to the CMLTO Consolidated Bylaws.

Learn more about the proposed amendments and how to comment by clicking here.

The deadline for providing feedback is 5:00 pm on August 15, 2016.

Proposed Bylaw amendments consultation

24 May 2016

As part of its public protection mandate, the CMLTO is strongly committed to enhancing transparency which means ensuring that its regulatory processes and information about members can be accessed easily the public, by applicants, and medical laboratory technologists (MLTs).

In May 2015, Council moved to support the proposed approach for the next steps in the CMLTO’s Transparency Initiative, which included proceeding with the transparency of member information in two phases.

In Fall 2015, Phase 1 proposed amendments to the CMLTO Consolidated Bylaws were circulated to members and stakeholders for comment. Those amendments related to the information that members are required to provide to the CMLTO and expanding the information that the CMLTO posts on the Public Register. The Council approved the Phase 1 amendments at its February 2016 meeting, after considering the input received from members and stakeholders.

At its May 2016 meeting, Council proposed amendments to section 30 (The Register) of the CMLTO Consolidated Bylaws be circulated to members and stakeholders for their input and feedback in accordance with section 94 of the Health Professions Procedural Code being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act.
  • The proposed Bylaw amendments will add the following information regarding CMLTO members be added to the Public Register:

    • Full registration history

    • All places of practice

    • Inquiries, Complaints & Reports (ICRC) Cautions

    • ICRC Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Programs (SCERPs)

    • ICRC Undertakings

  • The proposed bylaw amendments would take effect on January 1, 2017.

  • ICRC Cautions will be removed from the Public Register after two (2) years.

  • SCERPs and Undertakings will be removed from the Public Register when the ICRC orders have been completed/complied with.

Click here to view a chart (PDF), which outlines the current and proposed wording of the relevant sections of the CMLTO Consolidated Bylaws and the rationale for the proposed amendments.

CMLTO requests comments regarding the above proposed Bylaw amendments from CMLTO members, medical laboratory sector stakeholders and employers, and the public.

Submit your comments to CMLTO:
1. Via the online form linked here.
2. Via email to consultation@cmlto.com.
3. Via postal mail to:
CMLTO Executive Office
25 Adelaide Street East, Suite 2100
Toronto, ON M5C 3A1

The deadline for providing feedback is 5:00 pm on August 15, 2016.

In keeping with the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, Council must consider the input received from members and stakeholders prior to approving these bylaw amendments. Your opinion matters so be sure to make your voice heard.


24 May 2016

CMLTO staff members will be presenting, “Regulation of Medical Laboratory Assistants and Technicians in Ontario,” at LABCON 2016.

The conference is being held at the Prince Edward Island Convention Centre, Delta Prince Edward in
Charlottetown, PEI from June 17-19, 2016.

Please plan to join us for the CMLTO presentation on Saturday, June 18th, 15:45-17:00, E04. Learn more by clicking here.

New PHOL labstract: HIV

20 May 2016

For medical laboratory professionals: Public Health Ontario Laboratories (PHOL) has published new PHOL labstract (LAB-SD-116-000) regarding the HIV patient information sheet.

Effective June 1, 2016, the PHOL will attach this information sheet (PDF) to reports of positive tests for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) types 1 and 2.

CMLTO office closed for Victoria Day

19 May 2016

Please be advised that the CMLTO office will be closed on Monday, May 23, 2016, for the Victoria Day statutory holiday. Regular office hours resume at 8:30 am on May 24th.

Reminder: Call for Nominations

06 April 2016

The call for nominations for election to the CMLTO Council is currently underway. Members were notified by email in the online newsletter, FOCUS 2016, Issue 1. As well, a notice was posted on the website in February. The deadline for election nomination forms to be received by the CMLTO is Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 5:00 pm. For more information, click here.

Fair Registration Practices Report published

29 March 2016

The CMLTO 2015 Fair Registration Practices Report is published online here (PDF), as required by the Office of the Fairness Commissioner.

CMLTO to present at HFO event

24 March 2016

CMLTO is one of the organizations making a presentation at an Orientation to Licensing for Internationally-Educated Medical Laboratory Technologists, sponsored by HealthForceOntario (HFO).

The session provides information for internationally-educated MLTs wishing to become licensed to practice in Ontario. Click here for details.