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PHO Microbiology Rounds: Quality Framework for Point-of-Care Testing in Ontario

Rapid advancements in technology and widespread marketing have led to the increased use of point-of-care tests (POCT) in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue. The current focus on POCT, as part of Ontario’s COVID-19 pandemic response, illustrates how the use of these tests is expanding outside of the traditional health sector and highlights the growing public interest in adopting these new technologies. With the rise of POCT use beyond regulated laboratory environments, efforts are needed to ensure that the quality of testing service delivery is not negatively impacted. This session will discuss current best practices for POCT use and explore the role for a provincial quality framework to provide safe, consistent, efficient, and equitable POCT for all Ontarians.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1.  List the current gaps in quality management and oversight between lab-based tests and POCT
  2. Recognize the scientific evidence behind establishing quality frameworks for POCT based on laboratory approaches and biochemistry POCT standards
  3. Identify solutions to further minimize risks and optimize care associated with POCT use in Ontario using the COVID-19 response as an example

Presenter(s): Antoine Corbeil

Dr. Antoine Corbeil, MD, FRCPC, is a medical microbiologist at Public Health Ontario with significant interest in point-of-care tests and quality management. He has helped establish, evaluate and define the provincial point-of-care testing strategy as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response. He also co-leads the COVID-19 Point-of-Care Testing Quality Working Group which advises on best practices for the use and management of POCT in Ontario and aspires to continue expanding access to testing and equitable care beyond COVID-19 for all communicable diseases.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.

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Published 20 July 2021