Medical Directives

HIV testing is governed by legislation in Ontario. Testing is a Controlled Act and can only be done by a regulated health care professional in Ontario. (Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991) Regulated professionals authorized to conduct testing can extend their authority to do HIV testing through a written order that lays out the criteria under which others can perform the test. The authority to deliver point-of-care testing has been expanded to include nurses with new provincial legislation enacted in July 2022.