In January 2012, Ontario’s Office of the Fairness Commissioner assessed the way the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario registers people who apply for a licence to practise in Ontario, to ensure that the registration practices are fair and continue to improve.
This summary of the assessment includes commendable practices that are under way and recommendations for improvement.
The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario is subject to Ontario's fair access law, which amended the law about health professions, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA). The law spells out the college’s obligation to have transparent, objective, impartial and fair registration methods and requirements.
To encourage accountability under the fair access law, the Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) works with professions’ regulatory bodies to improve the way they register people who apply for professional licences. As a result of the OFC’s work, qualified people, no matter where they were originally trained, will have faster, fairer access to their licence to practise here.
In its work with regulators so far, the OFC has found that they have succeeded in streamlining their registration processes, but they need to do more. For example, regulators need to be more transparent and hold their assessment agencies more accountable for fairness.
To encourage, and hold regulators accountable for, continuous improvement, the OFC assesses their licensing practices in a two-year cycle. This cycle includes recommending improvements where needed and monitoring the bodies’ action plans that address the OFC’s concerns. This approach benefits applicants, the professions and the province.
For more information about this particular assessment, contact the OFC.
Note: The words license, register and certify all refer to authorizing a person to practise a profession.
The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO) is demonstrating many commendable practices, in the following areas. (These areas correspond to the sections of the assessment guide, and are derived from the fair access legislation.)