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Health Canada seeks consultation regarding Blood Regulations

29 May 2012

Notice to Stakeholders — Health Canada released the Draft Guidance Document Interpreting the Blood Regulations for stakeholder consultation from May 28 to September 24, 2012.

The objective of the consultation on the draft Guidance Document is to obtain stakeholder comments on the guidance text explaining the regulatory provisions of the proposed Blood Regulations.

For more information about the consultation process and to download the Guidance Document, click here.

CMLTO's Kathy Wilkie elected FHRCO Officer

22 May 2012

The Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario (FHRCO) announced earlier in May that it elected CMLTO Registrar and Executive Director Kathy Wilkie to serve as one of its Officers. Read the press release here (PDF).

FHRCO is composed of Ontario’s 21 health regulatory colleges, which govern over 260,000 health professionals, and five transitional councils for colleges that are soon to regulate those professions’ members. The colleges support these health care professionals in providing the people of Ontario with safe, competent, and ethical health care; and they hold them accountable for their conduct and practice.

Foreign credential recognition

03 May 2012

The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recently released, Strengthening Canada’s Economy – the Government of Canada 2011 Progress Report on Foreign Credential Recognition.

The report highlights progress made by CIC, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Service Canada, and Health Canada to reduce the barriers to foreign credential recognition for internationally trained individuals. CIC and partner departments collaborated with the provinces, territories and key stakeholders to develop tools, processes and initiatives aimed at helping integrate newcomers into the labour market at a level commensurate with their education, skills and experience.

The medical laboratory technology profession was one of the targeted occupations in 2010, and is profiled in the report (PDF).

Office of the Fairness Commissioner commends CMLTO

25 April 2012

In January 2012, Ontario’s Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) assessed CMLTO's registration processes. In its report, the OFC found that CMLTO demonstrates many commendable practices. Learn more at the OFC website.

The OFC recommended one area for improvement, which the CMLTO has remedied. See the action plan (PDF) submitted to the OFC for more information.

AODA update

16 April 2012

The goal of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) is to make Ontario accessible for people with disabilities by 2025.

The Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) developed standards and rules that businesses and organizations must follow to identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility.

As of January 1, 2012, all private and non-profit sector organizations, with one or more employees, must be in compliance with the AODA Customer Service Standards. Employers are responsible for training staff in AODA requirements and CMLTO is working to ensure its own customer service efforts comply.

The primary role for health regulatory Colleges in supporting their members’ compliance is as information conduits. Colleges are not responsible for training nor monitoring of members' AODA compliance.

If you have concerns about AODA compliance in your workplace, speak with your employer. For more information about the Act, go to the MCSS website.

CMLTO releases Enhanced Professionalism position paper

13 April 2012

CMLTO is proud to announce the release of its Enhanced Professionalism Position Paper.

Enhanced professionalism refers to the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours of MLTs that support the evolving needs of the public and the health care system.

Based on discussion with MLTs and building on the themes presented in the CMLTO White Paper: Empowering Enhanced Professionalism, the current position paper:
  • defines the components of enhanced professionalism
  • highlights its importance in support of the evolution of the heath care system
  • presents a case for the collaborative efforts of stakeholders in the profession to assist in this transformation.
Please contact member_relations@cmlto.com to share your thoughts on enhanced professionalism or to request a CMLTO representative deliver a presentation at your organization.

Interprofessional collaboration study

22 March 2012

Take 15 minutes to help evaluate the impact of recent regulatory changes on your clinical practice.
You're invited to participate in an online survey investigating recent regulatory changes related to interprofessional collaboration among health regulatory colleges and their members. Researchers at Western University along with the Ontario Health Human Resources Research Network are conducting research into changes to Bill 171 An Act to improve health systems by amending or repealing various enactments and enacting several Acts (2007) and Bill 179 An Act to amend various acts related to regulated health professionals and certain other Acts.

CMLTO Registrar and Executive Director Kathy Wilkie strongly encourages members to participate as the information gathered will evaluate the impact these regulatory changes have had on the MLT profession. Read her letter to members (PDF) here and a letter of information (PDF) from the research team here.

Data obtained from the survey will be encrypted to ensure confidentiality and presented in aggregate form to maintain the confidentiality of survey participants. The research team will share a summary of the results of this study with CMLTO.

Health Canada proposes stand-alone Blood Regulations

13 March 2012

Health Canada is proposing stand-alone Blood Regulations – under the authority of the Food and Drugs Act – that will contain safety, quality and efficacy requirements with respect to blood for transfusion or for further manufacture. The proposed amendments to the Food and Drugs Act and the Food and Drug Regulations, were published in Canada Gazette, Part I (CGI) on March 10, 2012. These documents are available at the Health Canada website.

The proposed Blood Regulations will 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.

Office of the Fairness Commissioner commends CMLTO

31 January 2012

In January 2012, Ontario’s Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) assessed CMLTO's registration processes. In its report, the OFC found that CMLTO demonstrates many commendable practices. Learn more at the OFC website.

CMLTO responds to HPRAC regarding health care professionals treating spouses

23 January 2012

As one of more than 20 health professions granted self-regulation under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), CMLTO members are prohibited from engaging in sexual relationships with patients under the Act.

The Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC), which provides independent policy advice to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on matters related to the regulation of health professions across the province, asked CMLTO and the other stakeholders for advice on the issue of mandatory revocation provisions and treatment of spouses by health care professionals.

Read CMLTO's full response here.