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Medical Council of Canada now allows menstrual products in exams

Medical Council of Canada now allows menstrual products in exams
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The Medical Council of Canada has expanded the list of items that can be taken into its qualifying examination without advance permission to include menstrual products, among other belongings.

Last fall, the MCC faced criticism for prohibiting women from bringing tampons or menstrual pads into exam rooms while writing multi-hour tests.

Dr. Michelle Cohen, advocacy chairwoman with Canadian Women in Medicine, launched a petition to end the practice in October.

At the time, the MCC said it didn t have a policy specifically on the use of, and access to, menstrual products during exams. But personal items such as purses, bags and backpacks were not permitted in the test area.

After forming a group to review such practices, the MCC recently announced it has expanded the list of items that can be taken into Part 2 of its qualifying exam without advance permission.
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