Professional Liability Insurance

Professional Liability Insurance (PLI)

All Registrants of the Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists are required to hold Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) at all times while on a practicing register. By having PLI, a Registrant has coverage to help mitigate issues arising from complaints made against them as a result of providing professional services. The ACCLXT will no longer provide PLI to its Registrants, as this is viewed as a conflict of interest should a complaint arise.

Registrants are required to hold a Professional Liability Insurance policy with a Limit of Liability of a minimum $1,000,000, a $2,000,000 Annual Aggregate and $25,000 Patient Relations Program and Funding for Treatment and Counselling.

There are many vendors from which an applicant may source PLI. The Canadian Society of Combined Laboratory and X-ray Technologists (CSCLXT) administers a plan that meets the requirements of the College. Most employer insurance policies do not cover professional regulatory complaints against individual employees and no defense counsel is appointed. This is because employers do not view themselves a party in a professional regulatory complaint as it is a matter between the College and their Registrant. Also, your personal PLI follows you if you work at multiple sites and/or with more than one employer. 

If you are taking a leave from practice and won’t be renewing your Active registration and practice permit, ensure that your insurance will cover you for a claim filed at a later date (eg while on leave from employment) related to an event that occurred while you were practicing and insured.

If the College receives a conduct complaint for an incident that occurred while you were practicing, the conduct process continues regardless of your registration and permit status. As such, you need to closely check the terms of your insurance policy. Ensure that your insurance will cover you for a claim filed at a later date (eg while on leave from employment) related to an event that occurred while you were practicing and insured. Some insurance providers have this rider included in your policy, but for others you will still need to purchase insurance. 

Visit the CSCLXT website for more information regarding obtaining PLI insurance.

Should you have any questions about your current PLI policy, contact Cowan Insurance Group at 1.800.263.8346 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Council Highlights

Council has been busy over the last few months! We've had two meetings, approved the budget and annual report, and motioned to approve the new Standards of Practice for release. There were policy and bylaw amendments. In November, the nomination application process was completed resulting with Katlynn Verwoerd returning for another term, and Jill Ducherer returning as a Councillor. Council and Staff would like to thank outgoing Councillor, Terry Schlitter, for her commitment to Council and the ACCLXT. Terry's efforts and knowledge have been integral to the group over the years. We wish Terry all the best in her future endeavors.

ACCLXT 2020 Governing Council´╗┐

Nichol Roy, President

Nicole Stewart, Vice President

Katlynn Verwoerd, Councillor

Lisa George, Councillor

Heather Marston, Councillor

Jill Ducherer, Councillor

Susie Nixon, Public Member

David Ellement, Public Member

Council Highlights´╗┐

September 27, 2019

Monitoring reports were reviewed and accepted as providing reasonable interpretation and adequate evidence of compliance. The Council Budget for 2020 was approved as presented. The ACCLXT 2018 Annual Report was approved for staff to proceed to release to Stakeholders. Council made a motion to approve the Standards of Practice for release. Article 7.3 and 7.5 in the Bylaws were reviewed and motioned for amendments.

November 4, 2019

Council made policy amendments to GP7 and CMD5. The Board Planning Cycle for 2020 was reviewed and approved as presented. Council received a paper copy of the 2018 Annual Report which has been distributed to Stakeholders. Articles 3, 4, 5 and 7 in the Bylaws were reviewed and motioned for amendments.

The revised Bylaws were emailed to Registrants on November 14th. Click here to view the entire Bylaw document.

Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy is described as a delay in acceptance or refusal to vaccinate, despite the availability of vaccination services. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine hesitancy is now one of the top 10 threats to global health, despite robust evidence showing the effectiveness and safety of vaccines. The WHO also acknowledges that health care professionals are among the most trusted sources of information when parents make decisions regarding vaccination.

In the context of vaccination and vaccine hesitancy, ACCLXT Registrants are reminded of the following:

  • Commenting on vaccines is not within the scope of a combined laboratory and x-ray technologists and therefore ACCLXT Registrants should not provide any vaccine information, opinions or advice. 
  • ACCLXT Registrants should only communicate scientifically valid information and must not promote or encourage anti-vaccination messages or “alternative therapies” in their professional capacities or in their personal capacities if there is an association to their status as a regulated health professional.

The ACCLXT has a responsibility as a regulatory college to ensure, through monitoring, evaluation and follow up on complaints (as appropriate), that Registrants comply with these requirements.

The following are possible questions (but not limited to) that you may be asked regarding the above information.

What do I say when a patient asks for my advice or my opinion on vaccinations?

Kindly tell the patient that you cannot comment on vaccinations, as that is not within your current role as a CLXT. If they continue to ask or pursue the conversation, you can suggest that they speak with their family physician/health care provider or they can access vaccine and vaccination information on Health Canada’s website.

Can I comment on social media or blog/vlog about my vaccination beliefs?

If any of your social media or blog/vlog accounts can be reasonably linked back to you as a CLXT professional, then you must only communicate scientifically valid information regarding vaccinations and must not encourage or promote anti-vaccination messages. This includes your own posts/messages and comments on other posts/pages.

How can I be linked to my profession on my social media sites?

Some examples of ways that you can be identified on social media/blog/vlog include:

  • You have your worksite and/or profession listed in your profile or anywhere on your page that the public and/or your friends can see.
  • Using your CLXT title or some type of reference that you are a CLXT in posts/messages that the public and/or your friends can see.

If you think your information/posts are private because your account security settings prevent the public from seeing your information, THINK AGAIN!  As soon as you allow anyone including “FRIENDS” to see profile and posted information, it is no longer private and can be linked back to you!

In my employment I am required to promote vaccinations to my staff.

The 2nd requirement states that:
 
ACCLXT Registrants should only communicate scientifically valid information and must not promote or encourage anti-vaccination messages or “alternative therapies” in their professional capacities.  
 
As a professional, you are communicating to your staff (not a patient) scientifically valid information, that your employer has provided to you regarding vaccinations. As such, you would not be in any violation of these requirements.  
 
Should the policy be about not promoting either side?
 
We received direction from government regarding our role as a College regarding vaccination hesitancy. As our mandate is the protection of the public interest, it is the College’s responsibility to prevent anti-vaccination messaging from being promoted by our Registrants, as vaccinations are established public health practices in the prevention of infection disease. 
 
Can we promote on social media for other therapies as long as no association on social media accounts to the ACCLXT or that we are a CLXT?
 
Please keep in mind, if those other therapies are a regulated health profession, you will need to make sure you are upholding those Colleges guidelines, as well. For example, a chiropractor in Nova Scotia lost her license to practice and was assessed $100,000 in fines due to her posting on social media about disproved and unfounded views on vaccination. The finding was made as that College mandated that vaccinations were outside of the scope of chiropractic practice and that vaccination and immunization are established public health practices in the prevention of infectious diseases.
 
If you choose to post information on vaccination and immunizations that do not follow the listed requirements, you must have no link back to any regulated health profession or College i.e. use of title, listed regulated profession, listed work sites etc.   
 

Contact the ACCLXT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you have any questions.