Updated November 24, 2013

Revised Clinical Guideline Issued

The OAML's Quality Assurance Committee has issued the following revised Guideline:


Guideline for Lipid Testing in Adults (Revised November, 2013 ):


  • to introduce the option of using non-fasting samples for the measurement of lipid levels and
  • to introduce reporting of non-HDL cholesterol (non-HDL-C) levels in addition to total cholesterol (TC), high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), triglycerides (TG) and low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C)



New Communique Issued


The OAML's Quality Assurance Committee has issued the following Communique:


CO24: Community Laboratories Introduce the Option of Using Non-Fasting Specimens for the Measurement of Lipid Levels (November, 2013 )



Revised Clinical Guideline Issued

The OAML's Quality Assurance Committee has issued the following revised Guideline:


CLP013: Guidelines for Ordering Urine Testing for Drugs-of-Abuse: Targeted and Screening Tests

(Revised March 2013 )


OAML Scholarships Awarded

The OAML is pleased to announce that seven students were awarded scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year. They are Elizabeth Wolynsky and Shobha Setia from Cambrian College, Zhu Xudong and Joanna Gladysz from St. Lawrence College and Zoe McIntyre, Raj Saniasy and Shameema Ferdous from UOIT. The OAML extends heartiest congratulations to these deserving students and wishes them well in their future careers.

To date, more than $47,000 has been given to dedicated students to help them achieve their academic and career objectives.


Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

Community laboratories are playing a significant role in the province-wide program to provide early detection of colorectal cancer. On April 1, 2008, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care launched ColonCancerCheck, a program targeted at individuals aged 50 and over who are at average risk - having no family history of colorectal cancer or symptoms. These individuals will have access to any easy-to-use at home Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) screening kit available through physicians' offices, walk-in clinics, community health centres and pharmacies as well as through Telehealth Ontario.

Ontario's community laboratories have worked with the Ministry and Cancer Care Ontario for over a year helping to design and plan for the distribution and testing of the FOBT kits and the information management of program results.

Using the community laboratories' comprehensive province wide logistics system, laboratories distributed program test kits to more than 12,000 participating physicians and 3,000 pharmacies throughout the province and will continue to supply them with kits for the life of the program.

In addition, laboratories designed standardized fecal occult blood testing procedures and a comprehensive quality assurance program specifically for this program.

The community laboratories' LIS are a vital program component providing CCO with a mechanism to gather program information critical to program design, change requirements and program success. Laboratory information systems have been modified to report test results and program information to the Colorectal Cancer Screening Registry in addition to usual results reporting to the ordering primary care physicians.

The OAML and its member laboratories are committed to helping the program achieve success as measured by increased screening rates in the province.



OAML for Students is a “one-stop shop” for information on careers and education in the medical laboratory sciences in Ontario. Got an interest in science and a desire to help people? Check out OAML for Students.

OAML Scholarships Available

Application materials for OAML Scholarships are now available on the website. For the academic 2014-2015 year, there are five scholarships of $1,000 each available to students enrolled in studies in medical laboratory science. the deadline for applications is Friday December  12, 2014. For more information, please click here.




Updated June 27, 2013

The 2013 version of the Ontario Health Plan for an Influenza Pandemic (OHPIP) was released in April, 2013.


It includes updates to existing chapters including the laboratory services chapter as well as new chapters and tools designed to further guide and support planning across the healthcare system. There are revisions to the planning guidelines for laboratories and more detail is provided on surveillance and reporting systems.


The 2013 plan can be viewed in its entirety or in sections by visiting the Ministry of Health's website or by clicking here.


Below is the text of the Ontario Health Plan for an Influenza Pandemic 2013 - Backgrounder (retrieved from the MOHLTC website June 27, 2013)


Since 2004, when the first version of the plan was released, the OHPIP has been regularly updated to reflect new knowledge, information and best practices.


During the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic (pH1N1), the provincial health system used the OHPIP to guide its response. Once the pandemic was over, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care led a review to determine how to best improve Ontario's emergency response, including the OHPIP.


The 2013 OHPIP reflects the lessons learned and best practices gathered from the response to pH1N1. It was developed in collaboration with Public Health Ontario, the Ministry of Labour and other partners across the health system, including health associations, unions, regulatory bodies and other government organizations.


The OHPIP will eventually be replaced by the Ontario Influenza Response Plan (OIRP), which will shift the emphasis from preparing for an influenza pandemic to building effective responses to seasonal influenza and escalating those measures, if needed, during a pandemic.


For information on flu and flu resources, visit our pandemic preparedness page.



December 1, 2010

eGFR Info



Effective December 1, 2010, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) will only cover 25-hydroxy vitamin D tests for patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
  • Rickets
  • Malabsorption Syndromes
  • Renal Disease
  • Patients on medications that affect vitamin D metabolism
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Finding a Patient Services Centre or Specimen Collection Centre (SCC's)

OAML member laboratories have patient services centres and specimen collection centres located in most areas of Ontario. For your convenience we have listed OAML member SCC's and their addresses, alphabetically by city or town.

Search for an SCC near you.


The Lab Counsellor™

The OAML's Lab Counsellors™ were created to answer the most common questions that patients have about their laboratory tests.

If your doctor has ordered laboratory tests for you, there are steps you can take to make sure that the results of the test are as accurate as possible. If your doctor has told you to fast before your tests, check out our Fasting Lab Counsellor™ or if you are taking Digoxin there's a Lab Counsellor™ to answer your questions too.

If you are on Anticoagulant Therapy, you will find very useful our Patient Guide to Anticoagulant Therapy.

A French translation of this Guide is also available:

Guide du patient sur l'anticoagulothérapie




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