College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba
PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS OF MLTs DURING COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented strain on our health system, and Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) have been among the forefront of the response for over a year and a half. As public health measures continue to evolve to mitigate the spread and impacts of the virus and its variants, it is essential that all MLTs understand their professional responsibilities when responding to public health orders or making public statements on this important topic.
Because MLTs are trusted and respected healthcare professionals within the health system and the community, any statements MLTs make in public forums or on social media have the potential to influence the public and be taken as an expression of professional views or advice.
MLTs are expected to practice in accordance with the practice expectations, practice directions, and Code of Ethics. This includes expectations to:
- use the best current and accurate scientific evidence to inform decisions in medical laboratory technologist practice, including public advocacy; and
- to demonstrate professional behaviours and act as a role model in regards to observing public health measures that contribute to public safety;
The CMLTM strongly encourages all MLTs to reflect on these and all related professional obligations (including any applicable workplace policies) before engaging in a public forum, and to avoid expressing views that are not supported by evidence such as anti-masking or anti-vaccine viewpoints or recommending unapproved treatments for COVID-19. All MLTs are expected to observe and comply with all applicable public health orders as set forth by the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, including but not limited to, masking requirements, self-isolation requirements, and vaccination/testing requirements for designated persons.
Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Requirements for Designated Persons
All MLTs should inform themselves about employer/workplace policies regarding COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements as well as where and to whom the public health order applies. They should be prepared for individuals, including patients/clients, to inquire about their vaccination/testing status, and be prepared to provide information on the applicable policies in place to ensure adequate protections from COVID-19.
Guidance for the Public Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Requirements
The CMLTM encourages members of the public to review the public health order as vaccination and testing requirements may vary by health care setting. Members of the public should feel empowered to advocate for their care, including asking the facility or health care provider about their policies regarding vaccination/testing for MLTs.
Maintaining Dialogue, Professional Conduct, and Compliance with Public Health Orders
It is possible to encourage dialogue or suggest improvements to the current pandemic response without contributing to the distribution of scientifically unreliable or inaccurate information that is harmful to the public interest. Any reports of such conduct or reports of an MLT violating an applicable public health order that are brought to the CMLTM’s attention may be subject to further investigation or steps to ensure accountability.
The Medical Laboratory Technologists Act was assented to July 25, 2002 and proclaimed by the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba on February 1, 2007.
The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba is the regulatory body for the profession of Medical Laboratory Technology in Manitoba.
Anyone performing laboratory investigations on the human body or on specimens taken from the human body, and the interpretation of quality control data to verify the accuracy and precision of investigation results, for the use by other health care professionals in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease must be on the register of the College and in possession of a valid Certificate to Practice.
The College does not regulate medical laboratories; it regulates Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLT's) working in the laboratories. This process ensures that a licensed technologist has the competencies required to practice in the fields specified on the license.
We would like to begin by acknowledging that the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba is built on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.
Schedule of CMLTM Council Meetings
- December 11, 2021 - 9:30am-12:30pm
All regular Council Meetings are open to the public. As they are done via Webcast, please contact the CMLTM office at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the meeting link and information. Please note that public attendees are not allowed to participate/ask question during the meeting, will not receive meeting materials, and will be asked to leave if the Council goes "in camera".
Annual General Meeting
Date: September 24, 2022
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm (Guest Presentation starts 11:00am)
Venue: CMLTM Boardroom (Webcast)