Standards of Practice
Section 133 of the Health Professions Act allows a Council to create and adopt standards of practice and a code of ethics for the profession. These documents undergo rigorous review by the government, Regulated Members, and other stakeholders. Once stakeholder and government consultation has occurred, they can be adopted by a Council and become binding on all practitioners of the profession. The CMLTA Standards of Practice represent the acceptable yardstick for the professional behaviour of Regulated Members and complement the CMLTA Code of Ethics which set forth the ethical principles the CMLTA has for every Regulated Member. Together, these documents establish the framework to guide the practice of MLTs and serve as one measure to ensure MLTs practice safely, competently, and ethically. In conjunction with legislation, the Standards of Practice and the Code of Ethics are used as the benchmark for the professional practice of MLTs and violation of either may be the grounds for a complaint of unprofessional conduct and could result in professional discipline proceedings.
The Standards of Practice are mandatory and apply to Regulated Members at all times in all dimensions of professional practice. They reflect both public and professional interests, provide guidance for MLTs and others in evaluating and maintaining competence, and provide a reference to the public and others regarding the professional standards to which MLTs are accountable. Ultimately, the Standards of Practice relate to the provision of professional services, body of knowledge, application of knowledge and skills, safe practice, continued competence, professional responsibility and accountability, and ethics.