Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) is the certifying body and professional association in Canada. Each province and territory in Canada has an organization which represents the medical laboratory technologist profession in that jurisdiction. Sometimes it is combined with the regulatory body. The CSMLS represents 14,000 Canadian medical laboratory technologists (MLT), although there are 23,000 certified technologists.
Canadian programs in medical laboratory technology include the disciplines of: Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Clinical Microbiology, Transfusion Medicine and Histotechnology. Most MLT programs in Canada are diploma programs that run for two to three years. The diploma programs are based by the CSMLS competency profile. There are also some medical laboratory technologists that possess a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (BScMLS). It is also based on the CSMLS competency profile.
CSMLS works in partnership with provincial regulatory bodies, but the regulatory bodies are completely separate organizations. Provincial regulatory bodies establish the rules and regulations that determine who may practice as an MLT. You must be registered by a provincial regulatory body in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Legislation is pending in Newfoundland-Labrador. Most employers in the unregulated provinces and territories (British Columbia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut) require CSMLS certification.