In Ontario, the use of the title “Respiratory Therapist” is granted to Members of the CRTO only. The title and any variation or abbreviation of the title (e.g. RT, RRT) is protected under the Respiratory Therapy Act (RTA). In addition, the RTA has a “holding out” provision which prohibits any person form holding him or herself out as a person who is qualified to practice Respiratory Therapy in Ontario (even if the person does not use the protected title).
Both the protected title and the holding out provision help assure that anyone using the Registered Respiratory Therapist title is registered with the CRTO and as a regulated healthcare professional meets certain standards and is a competent, ethical and safe practitioner.
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