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Medical Laboratory Assistants and Technicians

The CMLTO Council has identified the regulation of medical laboratory assistants and medical laboratory technicians as one of its strategic priorities.

The CMLTO Voluntary Roster of Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians
is now accepting applications! Click to get started.


The CMLTO believes that increased access to a broader range of regulated health professionals in the clinical laboratory is in the public’s best interest, as stated in the CMLTO's Position Paper.

In September 2012, the CMLTO Council passed a motion identifying the importance of the initiative as a public interest activity under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.

On October 1, 2015, the CMLTO launched its Voluntary Roster of Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians.
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As one of the major milestones in this Council-initiated project which is a step towards regulating medical laboratory technicians and assistants, the Voluntary Roster gives this group of laboratory practitioners the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to public protection and professionalism by joining.

Medical laboratory assistants and medical laboratory technicians (also known as attendants in some workplaces) perform pre-analytical functions such as collecting blood and other samples, processing specimens, and preparing special chemicals called reagents for use in testing.

These practitioners have a significant and increasing impact on quality patient care due to their expanding roles and broadened responsibilities in the clinical laboratory. As they provide phlebotomy services and pre-analytical functions, in many cases, medical laboratory assistants and medical laboratory technicians are the primary source of contact between the laboratory, patients, and other health care professionals, in specimen collection centres, point-of-care settings and long-term care facilities.

Regulating a new health care profession is a multi-year initiative requiring focussed and sustained effort. CMLTO endeavours to engage all medical laboratory practitioners with transparent communications regarding its work and progress in regulating medical laboratory assistants and medical laboratory technicians.

The CMLTO invites medical laboratory technologists, assistants and technicians, and other stakeholders to access information and engage in the process by signing up for updates, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and requesting the CMLTO meet with you to discuss this initiative. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it any time for further information.

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