Regulation Core Documents

The second pillar of a strong midwifery profession is Regulation of the activities and certification of the professionals. Here are the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Regulation (2011).

Midwifery Regulation

Regulation is a set of criteria and processes arising from the legislation that:

  • Identifies who is a midwife and who may use the title of midwife 
  • Describes the scope of midwifery practice (activities which midwives are educated for, competent in, and authorised to perform, consistent with the ICM Definition of the Midwife
  • The Global Standards are a framework for midwifery regulation. They define the elements of regulation in order to: 
  1. Ensure that midwives enter the register following education consistent with the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education.
  2. Ensure that midwives enter the register able to demonstrate the ICM Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice .
  3. Ensure that midwives are able to practise autonomously within their prescribed scope of practice.

Regulation acts as a means of entry into the profession. Regulation protects the public from those who attempt to provide midwifery services inappropriately. They ensure public safety through the provision of a competent and autonomous midwifery workforce.

The ICM Standards for Regulation cover:
1. Model of regulation
2. Protection of title
3. Governance
4. Functions:
4.1 Scope of practice
4.2 Pre-registration midwifery education
4.3 Registration
4.4 Continuing competence
4.5 Complaints and discipline
4.6 Code of conduct and ethics

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