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Responsibilities of a Self-Regulating Health Professional

As one of Ontario's self-regulated health professionals, medical laboratory technologists are governed by a law called the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA). The RHPA was developed to protect the public's right to safe, competent and ethical health care.

The Medical Laboratory Technology Act, 1991, defines an MLT's scope of practice, restricted title, and access to authorized acts

The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO) supports this law by holding members accountable for their:

  • Practice – Standards of Practice set out the legal and professional obligations, in this case for medical laboratory technologists (MLTs); and
  • Conduct – MLTs who do not maintain the Standards of Practice may be investigated by the College's Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, and Discipline Committee; if found to have committed an act of professional misconduct, an MLT may face fines, suspension and/or revocation of his or her right to practice.

MLTs are expected to understand and comply with the professional, legal and ethical requirements governing their practice. This includes all applicable:

Provincial statute and regulations, such as:

Federal statutes and agreements, such as:

CMLTO regulations and guidelines, such as:

MLTs are expected to maintain their competence throughout their career, continually enhance their knowledge and skills, and participate in the quality assurance program. They are also required to share their knowledge and information with other members of the health care team, thus enhancing interprofessional collaboration (coordinated patient-centred care provided by diverse health professionals working together).

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