Partners and Stakeholders

Professional Representation

CSMLS represents the professional interests of medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory assistants through membership on committees, presentation of briefs, and discussions with government departments and other Canadian health-professional organizations.

Professional Representation

  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Steering Committee on Health Care
  • AC Committee on Assembly of Health Science Professionals (AHSP)
  • Canadian Leadership Council on Laboratory Medicine (CLCLM)
  • Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
  • Health Action Lobby (HEAL)
  • Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (CNAR)
  • Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century (CCPH21)
  • Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
  • International Qualifications Network Advisory Committee

Occasionally CSMLS present briefs and discussion papers to commissions and task forces whose mandate covers anything that might affect CSMLS members or the profession.

Provincial Organizations

CSMLS works closely with provincial societies and regulatory bodies. The structure and function of the provincial organizations varies from province to province. British Columbia and Prince Edward Island have voluntary societies that represent the profession. In Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, the provincial regulatory body and the provincial society are one in the same. In Ontario and Manitoba the regulatory body and professional society are separate organizations. Alberta has only a regulatory body.

The Professional Standards Council (PSC) approves the competency profiles that are used for certification and accreditation of education programs. It is also  the policy recommendation body for Certification, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and Standards of Practice. The PSC chooses certified subject matter experts from across Canada to form exam panels which are responsible for the development of exams, exam plans and new questions. They also validate exams to ensure they are fair and they assess the skills within the terms of the competency profiles.

Regulatory Bodies

Provincial regulatory bodies (also called regulatory colleges) establish the rules and regulations that determine who may practice as a medical laboratory technologist. Their primary role is to protect the public.

CSMLS works in partnership with provincial regulatory bodies but is a completely separate organization.

If you wish to work as an MLT in any of the regulated provinces, you must be registered with the provincial regulatory body. Medical laboratory assistants are not a regulated health profession in Canada at this time.

Provincial Societies and Regulatory Bodies

BC Society of Laboratory Science (BCSLS)
College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta (CMLTA)
Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT)
Manitoba Association for Medical Laboratory Science (MAMLS)
College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba (CMLTM)
The Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario (MLPAO)
College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO)
Ordre professionnel des technologistes médicaux du Québec (OPTMQ)
New Brunswick Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NBSMLT)
Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NSCMLT)
Prince Edward Island Society for Medical Laboratory Science (PEISMLS)
Newfoundland and Labrador College of Medical Laboratory Science

Useful Links

Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (CNAR)
Health Action Lobby (HEAL)
Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
Canadian Association of Laboratory Educators (CAMLE)
International Federation of Biological Sciences (IFBLS)
Canadian Association of Allied Health Professionals (CAAHP)
Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-Canada)
United States and Canada Association of Pathologists (USCAP)
Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA)
Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI)
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)
Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine (CSTM)
National Society for Histotechnology (NSH)
Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG)
Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (CACMID)
Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada (AMMI)
Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists (CSCC)
Canadian Hematology Society (CHS)
Colleges and Institutes of Canada (ACCC)

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