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Mandatory Blood Testing Act (MBTA)

The Mandatory Blood Testing Act, 2006 is a law that reduces the time for getting a mandatory blood test to less than three weeks. It supports applicants who have been exposed to blood and bodily fluids of others to request testing and information on Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS). Applicants have 7 days from the date of the incident/exposure to submit completed applications for review to the Timiskaming Health Unit. 

Applicants are defined as:

  • Victims of crime
  • Individuals providing emergency health care services or emergency first aid to the person or
  • Individuals in the course of duty, if the person belongs to an identified group of individuals, including:
    • persons who are employed in a correctional institution, place of open custody or place of secure custody
    • police officers, civilian employees of a police service, First Nations constables and auxiliary members of a police service
    • special constables (officers who are not employees of a police service)
    • firefighters (including volunteer firefighters)
    • paramedics and emergency medical attendants
    • paramedic students engaged in field training
    • Members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
    • medical students engaged in training
    • members of the College of Nurses of Ontario
    • nursing students engaged in training

Under the legislation, Good Samaritans are also eligible to apply, when an exposure to blood or body fluids has occurred while providing emergency first aid or health care.

For more information please refer to the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services – Mandatory Blood Testing webpage or contact the Timiskaming Health Unit
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