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Employer webinar on October 16, 2020

14 October 2020

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The CMLTO continues to pursue the regulation of medical laboratory assistants and technicians in Ontario at the Council’s direction, which it considers to be a public interest initiative. The College continues to hear about the expanding role of medical laboratory assistants and technicians in the clinical laboratory, along with numerous other changes in the laboratory sector.

CMLTO is hosting a webinar for employers on Friday, October 16, 2020, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm to discuss recent advances in this regulatory initiative and to explore their roles in supporting its advancement.

Please click here to register for the webinar.

CMLTO closed for Thanksgiving

08 October 2020

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The CMLTO will be closed on October 12, 2020, for the Thanksgiving statutory holiday. Regular operations resume at 8:30 am on October 13th.

Consultation: Voluntary Roster criteria

02 October 2020

Since 2009, based on member and stakeholder feedback, CMLTO Council made regulating medical laboratory assistants and medical laboratory technicians one of its priorities. In 2012, CMLTO Council approved the establishment of a voluntary roster for medical laboratory assistants and technicians as a public interest activity under paragraph 3 (1),11 of the Procedural Code of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.

Until such time that medical laboratory assistants and technicians are regulated health professionals in Ontario, the CMLTO Voluntary Roster of Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians will serve the public interest by confirming they have voluntarily met a certain level of education and professional practice criteria.

Since the inception of the CMLTO Voluntary Roster of Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians (“the Voluntary Roster”), the CMLTO has published the minimum criteria for medical laboratory assistants and technicians to be included on the Voluntary Roster. These criteria were introduced in 2015 and updated in 2018. CMLTO reviews the Voluntary Roster criteria on annually with the intent of evolving them to mirror the MLT registration requirements.

Stakeholders are invited to comment on the proposed amendments to the CMLTO Voluntary Roster criteria, which were approved by Council at its September meeting. Please access the online survey by clicking here. Feedback will be collected from September 30th to October 30th, 2020.

The feedback from this consultation will be presented to Council at the November meeting along with the final proposed amendments to the CMLTO Voluntary Roster, which will become effective January 1, 2021. 

The current CMLTO Voluntary Roster Criteria can be accessed by clicking here.

The proposed updated CMLTO Voluntary Roster Criteria can be accessed by clicking here. Explanatory notes to the proposed updated CMLTO Voluntary Roster Criteria can be accessed by clicking here.

CMLTO Transfusion Science Guideline rescinded

29 September 2020

On August 14, 2020, based on feedback received from Practising MLTs, the CMLTO Quality Assurance Committee passed a motion to rescind the CMLTO Guidelines for Medical Laboratory Technologists Practising in Transfusion Science. The CMLTO Guidelines for Medical Laboratory Technologists Practising in Transfusion Science are no longer available. If you require any further information or confidential practice advice, please contact the Quality Assurance Program at qualityassurance@cmlto.com.

QAP webinar on October 23, 2020

28 September 2020

The CMLTO Quality Assurance Program (QAP) is hosting a webinar on Friday, October 23, 2020, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm to discuss the updated QAP that takes effect on January 1, 2021. MLTs who missed the webinar that was presented on June 23rd are encouraged to attend this webinar.

CMLTO staff will provide information related to the program’s evaluation process and members’ updated obligations and responsibilities. Staff will conduct a short question and answer period after their presentation.

Please click here to register for the webinar.

Reminder: District 4 election

27 September 2020

CMLTO members eligible to vote in the election being held in District 4 (Central East Region) were notified by email on August 21, 2020, and sent instructions for casting their votes electronically. Members who believe they are eligible to vote but did not receive a notification on the 21st, should email executiveoffice@cmlto.com
Members have until 11:59 pm on September 28, 2020 to vote.

2019 CMLTO Annual Report released

27 September 2020

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The CMLTO is pleased to announce the publication of the 2019 Annual Report in English (PDF) and in French (PDF).

The report illustrates the CMLTO's key accomplishments in fulfilling its mission/mandate to protect the public's right to safe, high-quality health care through self-regulation and leadership of the medical laboratory technology profession.

CMLTO Annual Reports are located online here.

Discipline hearing summary released

14 September 2020

The CMLTO Discipline Committee held a hearing in writing on July 30, 2020, to consider allegations of professional misconduct against member Luzviminda Torregosa, Registration number: 11483.

Click here for the hearing summary details. (PDF)

CMLTO closed for Labour Day

04 September 2020

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The CMLTO's virtual office will be closed on September 7, 2020, for the Labour Day statutory holiday. Regular virtual operations resume at 8:30 am on September 8th.

PLI audit underway

20 August 2020

The CMLTO Consolidated Bylaws require all Practising MLTs to carry professional liability insurance (PLI) in all medical laboratory practice employment settings.

The College randomly selects members who are required to provide proof of PLI through an online annual audit.

The 2020 audit began online on August 17, 2020. Practising members selected for the audit were notified via email and are required to complete the PLI audit by September 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.

Please email the Registration department at registration@cmlto.com with questions.