Iron levels in the blood that are too low (iron deficiency anemia) or too high (iron overload) can be a sign of a serious health problem. Ferritin testing is the most common way to measure iron levels in the blood. In 2010/11, about 3.5 million ferritin tests were done in Ontario.
Health Quality Ontario Reviews Ferritin Testing
Health Quality Ontario reviewed the evidence to find out who would benefit most from ferritin testing for iron deficiency or iron overload.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has accepted this recommendation.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has provided the following response: The ferritin test was removed from the Ontario Laboratory Requisition form in November 2012.