The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (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. The CSMLS provides continuing education and professional development opportunities, professional liability insurance and legal defense coverage, and many other membership benefits and services.
There are distinct and important differences between the CMLTA and the CSMLS. The CMLTA is the self-regulating body for MLTs and serves the interests of patient safety and public protection through mandated programs and duties. The CSMLS is the national certification body and professional association for medical laboratory professionals. The CSMLS represents the interests of its members and advocates and lobbies on behalf of the membership. Additionally whereas CSMLS certification is a one-time process, CMLTA registration is a process that can occur each consecutive year (in the case of a registration renewal), or may occur after an absence from professional practice (in the case of a registration reinstatement).