The work on the ICM ‘Three Pillars’ (Education, Regulation, and strong Midwives Associations built upon the foundation of updated core competencies) carried out by expert Task Forces (2008-2011 Triennium) focused on:
- Updating and expanding the 2002 Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice, and affirming the evidence base;
- Developing Global Standards for Midwifery Education along with Companion Guidelines;
- Developing Global Standards for Midwifery Regulation; and
- Strengthening Midwifery Associations.
An important corollary to the work of the Task Forces was the development and agreement of a Glossary of Terms 2011 to be used in all ICM documents.