HARP Act Update



Greg Toffner, OAMRS President and CEO and    Dr. Eric Hoskins , Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


OAMRS has been diligently advocating on your behalf for modernization of the Healing Arts Radiation Protection (HARP) Act with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MoHLTC), Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) and other stakeholders. Our lobbying efforts, with your help, have made a significant difference in moving this important initiative forward over the years.   Last year the MoHLTC requested Health Quality Ontario (HQO) to assemble an expert panel to meet with key stakeholders and draft a proposal for modernization the HARP Act.

They are listening to us

OAMRS consulted with the HQO expert panel and also submitted a proposal with our position on what we felt needed to be in a modernized HARP Act. I am very pleased that the HQO report incorporates our proposed recommendations to the Act and its regulations.  OAMRS lobbying efforts are an important way for our profession to maintain a strong voice in the Ontario Healthcare System.   We are more recognized than ever! Leading the HARP Act modernization shows how our hard work is paying off.

The work is not done yet

The next step is for the MoHLTC to accept the advice in the HQO report and outline a project plan for the legislation to be changed. As always, the OAMRS will continue to consult, collaborate and lobby for changes in the interest of advancing our profession, ensuring our place in the system and acting in the interest of the patients we serve.

To read the HQO report, click here.

To read the OAMRS response to HQO HARP Act Modernization 

Major Milestones 



Written by: Greg Toffner, MHS, RTR

Greg is currently President & CEO of the Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences (OAMRS).  Prior to his appointment with the OAMRS, Greg worked as full-time faculty in the undergraduate Medical Radiation Sciences program at the Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences in Hamilton; Health Services Manager at a hospital in North-Western Ontario; and a front line Medical Radiation Technologist before that.  Greg’s specialties include Radiographic Physics, Digital Imaging, Radiation Biology and Protection, the Canadian Healthcare System and Quality/Change Management.  Greg has been involved in numerous research studies that have been published and has presented across Canada and abroad.

2 thoughts on “HARP Act Update

  1. Good response and comment to an excellent report from HQO . My own comments must include when are we going to break free from the “order” concept in DI ?Noone “orders” an x-ray or a CT or an MR – they REQUEST A CONSULTATION a the MRT or sonographer SHOULD decide whether the exam requested or the modality requested is appropriate !!

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  2. It has taken over 20 years to get the governments to this stage. I am proud to have been the champion of this and proud that those who have followed me kept up the momentum and the faith to bring the modernization of the HARPA and its Regulations to this stage. We fought starting in 1979 and caring on until the HARPA became law that those who could order ionizing radiation and own ionizing emitting devices was an issue and it still is. The assumption was that a physician knew everything about everything. well, we know they don’t. It is hoped that only those who have the “requisite competencies” will, in the future be able to order the appropriate examinations and be able to own equipment. The new Act and / or its regulations should ensure that no piece of equipment can be purchased in a hospital that is not endorsed by DI. In fact. It alls would be on the DI inventory and controlled by the facilities RPO. I am happy to see that the OAMRT’s and now the OAMRS’s quest to include non-ionizing radiation emitting devices will be included and addressed. I agree with bend an in that it is time that Medical Radiation Science Practitioners are given the authority to be a key gatekeeper concerning the ordering of exams and procedures and be able to deny or modify a request ( officially as some MRTs are doing it). Further, that it is time, and I would suggest the OAMRS do this, but take the British model and set up a course in interpretation for members.

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