CSMLS Statement Regarding Ontario Medical Laboratory Professionals

February 26, 2019
In response to the announcement by the Ontario provincial government to establish Ontario Health, a central health care agency, CSMLS released the, “Statement Regarding Ontario Medical Laboratory Professionals” earlier today. CSMLS is committed to ensuring the lab community has a voice whenever health care policy decisions are being made.
Read the entire statement below.

Statement Regarding Ontario Medical Laboratory Professionals
Hamilton (February 26, 2019) - As the national professional society for Canada's medical laboratory professionals, the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science’s (CSMLS) members will continue to provide the high quality of medical testing for patients during and after the formation of Ontario Health. Ontario’s medical laboratory professionals provide safe and vital testing in all laboratories, both private and public. CSMLS will continue our dialogue with all levels of government advocating towards fair wages, addressing future labour shortages, and training programs.  

Medical laboratories require highly skilled reliable professionals to produce accurate and consistent results for patients. We have been observing both an increase in testing requirements and the complexity of laboratory tests, a pattern which will only grow in the years ahead. We have asked the Government of Ontario to prevent a shortage of medical laboratory technologists by allocating resources aimed at retaining and educating new health care professionals in our communities. Further, to uphold the consistent high-quality medical testing our members provide Ontario, we recommend the government adopts our nationally accepted exam as the entry to practice standard for Medical Laboratory Assistants (MLA) to Ontario labs. CSMLS will continue to work with all levels of Government to help our members provide Ontario with the consistent and accurate medical testing results.
Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)
The CSMLS is the national certifying body for medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory assistants, and the national professional society for Canada's medical laboratory professionals. We are a not-for-profit organization that is funded entirely by membership dues and revenues from goods and services. Our members practice in hospital laboratories, private medical laboratories, public health laboratories, government laboratories, research and educational institutions. Incorporated in 1937 as the Canadian Society of Laboratory Technologists, the society has over 14,500 members in Canada and in countries around the world.
For more information about CSMLS or interview requests, please contact:
Richard Mullin, CSMLS Public Affairs
Phone: 647-317-9057
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