This consultation has now closed.
At the College of Midwives of Ontario, we are reviewing and refining our approach to regulation, which includes simplifying our standards of practice. Our findings show that our current standards of practice are rigid, complex, and can be difficult to interpret.
We believe midwives do not need a lot of detailed, prescriptive rules to practise competently, ethically, and safely. That is why our Council has decided to apply a more principles-based approach to the development of the standards of practice. The Professional Standards for Midwives (Professional Standards) is the first stage in a broader review of College standards.
The College is committed to delivering a modern, evidence informed approach to regulation, based on the principles of good regulation that focus on our core purpose of protecting the public. Targeted, proportionate regulation is key to that.
What will we achieve?
We want midwifery regulation to:
- Strike the right balance between client and public protection and reducing regulatory burdens
- Help clients understand what to expect from midwifery care, and the choices available to them
- Give midwives more flexibility to organize their practice in a way that better meets the needs of their clients, given the unique conditions under which midwives work
So what is changing?
- Fewer standards of practice that reflect what it means to be a midwife, and put greater emphasis on professional judgment
- Shorter, clearer standards – the majority of which apply to individual midwives, and a few that apply to midwives who also have practice management responsibilities
- Revised and streamlined standards of practice that reduce unnecessary burdens and focus on what really matters: public safety and protection
This new approach sets out clearly the high-level professional principles we expect all midwives to uphold, and does not necessarily mean a lot of change. We expect that midwives who already practise in compliance with the legislation and regulations, in accordance with the current and accepted evidence, and, otherwise, strive to be the best clinicians they can will be able to easily implement any changes.
To learn more about our new approach, please read our Consultation Paper.
We have already started the process of getting as much feedback as we can from our key stakeholders to help develop the Professional Standards.
We are now ready to consult on our proposed changes with the profession and the public. This is the first round of consultation. There will be another consultation later in the fall, and plenty of other opportunities for you to tell us what you think of our proposals.
Your feedback is important to us. It will help us understand if the proposed standards are achievable, and identify any gaps in the current document. It will also help us identify the areas in which you would most like clarification or further guidance from us.
Once you have reviewed the Professional Standards document, please return to this page to submit your comments. All comments are reviewed before being posted publicly to ensure they meet the Posting Guidelines. If you prefer to provide feedback via email, please email email@example.com with “Professional Standards” in the subject line.
If you are a midwife, please complete this survey and let us know what you think about the proposed document. If you have time, please also add a comment on the website to encourage discussion.
We have extended our consultation period, and are now asking that comments are submitted by September 1st, 2017.