Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists

Criminal Conviction Policy

This policy is to inform applicants and members of the guidelines and relevant circumstances considered by the Nova Scotia College of Medical laboratory Technologists (NSCMLT) in determining whether a conviction of a particular offence affects an applicant’s or member’s suitability to practice as a medical aboratory technologist.

NSCMLT requires all applicants and members to disclose if they have been convicted or found guilty by a court in or out of Canada, of any offence that is inconsistent with the proper professional behavior of a medical laboratory technologist, including a conviction under the Criminal Code (Canada) or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada).


  1. All applicants and members must complete an NSCMLT application and submit to the NSCMLT Registrar. This application includes a declaration confirming:
    “I have not been convicted of any criminal offence”
  2. Upon notification that an applicant was convicted of a criminal offence (self - disclosed or a complaint) this notification shall be reviewed by the Discipline Committee.
  3. The Disciplinary Committee will conduct an investigation and will review:
    The severity of the offence, the relevance to practice in relation to the offense, as well as, the applicant’s ability to demonstrate successful remediation, rehabilitation or socialization will be assessed. The decision whether to proceed to a disciplinary hearing, and if so, what outcome to seek, will depend on all of the circumstances of the case.
    The Disciplinary Committee may request:
    1. Information that indicates that the applicant may be incompetent or guilty of professional misconduct or conduct unbecoming;
    2. Request a criminal record check from the applicant
    3. Request a certificate of conviction as conclusive evidence that a person has committed the offence stated therein unless it is shown by the member that the conviction has been quashed or set aside.
    4. A hearing to establish if the member should be subject to disciplinary action
  4. If it is found that an MLT concealed information of a criminal record there is a possibility that failing to report such information could result in a charge of unprofessional conduct.
  5. The Board may, at any time, permit such person to be registered or to remain registered and issue a license to such person with such terms and conditions as:
    1. Satisfied that the interest of the public has been adequately protected;
    2. Satisfied as to the intention of such person to practice medical laboratory technology in the Province;
    3. Being satisfied as to the activities of such person since the time of the resolution of the hearing committee;
    4. Such person producing a letter of good standing from all jurisdictions in which the person had practiced medical laboratory technology since the date of such resolution of the hearing committee; and
    5. . Such person undergoing such clinical or other examinations as the Board may designate.
  6. Based on the decision of the Disciplinary Committee, the NSCMLT may refuse to register the person. The person shall be notified in writing of the decision and will have the right to appeal the decision.
  7. Applicants and members, whose license has been suspended or revoked due to criminal conviction, shall not reapply to NSCMLT earlier than two years after the revocation.

Medical Laboratory Technology Act S.N.S., 2000, c.8
NS Medical Laboratory Technology Regulations
Complaints Policy and Procedures
Date Approved: October 2013
Reviewed Date: October 2016

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