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Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act

R.R.O. 1990, REGULATION 683

SPECIMEN COLLECTION CENTRES

Historical version for the period February 1, 2003 to January 30, 2014.

Last amendment: O. Reg. 359/02.

This is the English version of a bilingual regulation.

1. (1) An application for a licence or a provisional licence to establish, operate or maintain a specimen collection centre or renewal thereof shall be submitted to the Director. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 683, s. 1 (1).

(2) A licence, provisional licence or renewal thereof to establish, operate or maintain a specimen collection centre shall be in the form provided by the Ministry. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 683, s. 1 (2); O. Reg. 449/98, s. 1 (1).

(3) The fee for the issuance or renewal of a licence is $572. O. Reg. 359/02, s. 1.

(4) The fee for the issuance or renewal of a provisional licence is $286. O. Reg. 359/02, s. 1.

(5) The owner of every licensed specimen collection centre shall ensure that the licence is posted in a conspicuous place in the specimen collection centre. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 683, s. 1 (5); O. Reg. 449/98, s. 1 (2).

(6) In this section,

“fiscal year” means the 12-month period beginning on April 1. O. Reg. 353/98, s. 1 (2).

2. An applicant for a licence to establish, operate or maintain a specimen collection centre shall have,

(a) staff who are certified in the manner required in section 3 as qualified to take and collect specimens from the human body; and

(b) the equipment and furnishings specified in section 4. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 683, s. 2.

3. No person shall be employed by the owner or operator of a specimen collection centre for the purpose of taking specimens from the human body unless a legally qualified medical practitioner has certified in writing to the owner or operator, as the case may be, of the centre that the person has,

(a) competence in the techniques of taking and collecting specimens from the human body;

(b) the ability to manage and care for patients; and

(c) a high standard of personal cleanliness. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 683, s. 3; O. Reg. 796/93, s. 1.

4. (1) Every owner and operator of a specimen collection centre shall ensure that the centre has,

(a) a chair to accommodate patients for the purpose of taking blood specimens;

(b) a couch or other furnishing to accommodate patients in case of illness;

(c) a refrigerator;

(d) a centrifuge;

(e) clean storage space for storing supplies and instruments;

(f) at least one clean and covered container for skin cleansing swabs;

(g) a self-closing waste disposal container;

(h) a waiting room for patients;

(i) a private room for taking specimens; and

(j) toilet and washroom facilities for patients. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 683, s. 4 (1).

(2) Every owner and operator of a specimen collection centre shall ensure that a record is kept indicating,

(a) the names of the patients attending the centre;

(b) the names of any of the following persons who requested the taking and collecting of specimens:

(i) a legally qualified medical practitioner,

(ii) a dentist,

(iii) a midwife,

(iv) a registered nurse who holds an extended certificate of registration under the Nursing Act, 1991;

(c) the specimen or specimens taken and collected from each patient;

(d) the date and time of submission of the specimens to a licensed laboratory; and

(e) the name and address of the laboratory to which the specimens are sent. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 683, s. 4 (2); O. Reg. 796/93, s. 2; O. Reg. 47/98, s. 1.

5. Every licence that is issued to establish and operate or maintain a specimen collection centre is subject to the conditions that,

(a) the person or persons named in the licence as owner or owners of the centre are in fact the owner or owners of the centre and are also the owner or owners of a laboratory licensed under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act;

(b) the centre maintains staff certified under section 3 to take and collect specimens from patients;

(c) the centre remains at the address shown on its licence;

(d) the centre takes specimens from a patient only at the request of a legally qualified medical practitioner, a dentist, a midwife or a registered nurse who holds an extended certificate of registration under the Nursing Act, 1991;

(e) the specimens taken from a patient are submitted only to a laboratory licensed under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act or to a laboratory operated by the Ministry of Health or of the Crown in right of Ontario; and

(f) no laboratory tests, other than fasting urine glucose dipstick tests performed in relation to glucose tolerance tests that are to be performed in a laboratory, are carried out in the centre. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 683, s. 5; O. Reg. 796/93, s. 3; O. Reg. 47/98, s. 2; O. Reg. 449/98, s. 2.

6. No person other than the owner of a laboratory licensed under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act shall have any proprietory interest in a specimen collection centre. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 683, s. 6.

FORM 1 Revoked: O. Reg. 449/98, s. 3.