The College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (CMRTO or the “College”) is the regulatory body for medical radiation and imaging technologists in Ontario. The mission of the CMRTO is to regulate the profession of medical radiation technology to serve and protect the public interest. One of the ways the CMRTO meets its mission is by establishing and enforcing standards of practice for medical radiation and imaging technologists. Standards of Practice set out the expectations for professional practice of CMRTO members when practising in Ontario.The Standards of Practice section of the Standards of Practice Handbook provides a framework of the CMRTO’s practice expectations in one document. The Standards of Practice section is comprised of three areas:
CMRTO Standards of Practice
The CMRTO Standards of Practice set out minimum standards of professional practice and conduct for CMRTO members. They assist members in understanding the CMRTO’s expectations with respect to the professional practice of medical radiation technology. They help managers in making appropriate decisions regarding management of the practice of CMRTO members and in developing suitable policies and procedures. They assist educators in developing curriculum and in providing appropriate instruction. And, they assist the public in assessing quality of care.
The Standards of Practice are used by the CMRTO in determining whether members have maintained appropriate standards of practice and conduct. They are used by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, the Discipline Committee and the Fitness to Practise Committee in making determinations regarding professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity. They are also used for other CMRTO processes such as ascertaining entry-level requirements for registration and are the basis for the Quality Assurance Program.
These Standards of Practice came into effect on January 1, 2018. The Standards of Practice were approved by the CMRTO Council in December 2017, following an extensive and comprehensive consultation process which included consultation with medical radiation technologists, sonographers, managers, educators, professional associations, regulators in other jurisdictions, other health professions and stakeholders.
Code of Ethics
In the Standards of Practice there are references to the Code of Ethics. This refers to the Code of Ethics for members of CMRTO. The Standards of Practice should be used in conjunction with the Code of Ethics. Together these documents provide a model for assuring safe, effective and ethical outcomes for patients.
Regulations made under the Medical Radiation Technology Act
made under the Medical Radiation Technology Act
CMRTO members must understand, and adhere to, the legislation governing the practice of the profession. The term “legislation” refers to both statutes and regulations. The regulations made under the Medical Radiation Technology Act (MRT Act), to which members must adhere include:
- Quality Assurance
- Professional Misconduct
made under the Regulated Health Professions Act
Members are permitted to apply electromagnetism for magnetic resonance imaging under an exemption set out in the Controlled Acts regulation made under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).
- Controlled Acts
The Standards of Practice refer to the by-laws of the CMRTO. The current version of the by-laws can be found in the Legislation section of the website.
In addition, the CMRTO publishes a series of documents entitled “What you must know about…..”. These documents are companion documents to support standards that may require additional interpretation or guidance to elaborate on the CMRTO’s practice expectations.