As midwives know, setting and maintaining high professional standards is fundamental to public protection and public confidence in the midwifery profession. At the College, we need to ensure that our standards of practice clearly set out the high standards we expect of all midwives. This led us to develop the new Professional Standards for Midwives (Professional Standards), which were approved by Council on March 21st.
In light of a few recent changes, the College’s Council has decided to defer the changes to the Registration Regulation, O. Reg 168/11 so that we have some additional time to consider and develop policies and processes that will result from the proposed changes. Very recent external factors, such as the planned approval of new funding models of practice, will impact our registration practices significantly. We will benefit from some additional time to consider these impacts in relation to the Registration Regulation and its currency, class change, and continuing competency requirements. Council plans to consider a revised Registration Regulation in December 2018.
As part of our strategic priority of implementing risk-based regulation, the College of Midwives of Ontario has done an analysis of past professional conduct matters. This thorough analysis will be used to help us focus our energy and resources, and to be effective in fulfilling our mandate of public protection. We’ve gone back and reflected on past complaints, reports, and Registrar’s investigations, and decisions.