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Ontario Regulating Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Province Increasing Protections for Patients Using Ultrasound Services

December 20, 2017

Starting January 1, 2018, the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (CMRTO) will regulate diagnostic medical sonographers.

Bringing diagnostic medical sonographers under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991— the legislation that regulates 28 other health care professions in the province including physicians and nurses — will ensure that more important safeguards are in place to protect patients.

People currently working in diagnostic medical sonography will have one transitional year to apply for registration with the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario.

Regulating diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound) within the CMRTO will further strengthen the safety, quality, oversight and transparency of ultrasound services by:

Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

“Practising better oversight and quality of service are vital parts to increasing positive patient experience. Our professionals work hard to provide the best service possible and we are here to support them in offering higher standards of care for our patients.”
– Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“The CMRTO is delighted the government has approved the regulations necessary to regulate diagnostic medical sonographers under the Regulated Health Professions Act and within the CMRTO. I am looking forward to working with diagnostic medical sonographers at the CMRTO council table.”
– Wendy Rabbie, President, College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario

“This is a historic and meaningful day for Sonographers and patients across Ontario. As the official voice and Association representing Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, the Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences (OAMRS) have been advocating and working with the Ontario government to achieve regulation of the profession on behalf of Sonographers and in the public interest. I want to thank Minister Hoskins and his team for moving these legislative and regulatory changes forward in the interest of public protection and the advancement of health services.”
– Greg Toffner, President and CEO, Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences



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