Global Standards for Basic Midwifery Education (2010)
The ICM Council Decision in 2008 led to establishing the Global Standards for Midwifery Education. A Standard is defined as “a norm/uniform reference point that describes a required level of achievement or performance”.
- Set quality indicators based on global expectations.
- Provide framework for design, the implementation, and evaluation of the ongoing quality of the programme.
- Align with regulatory bodies the scope of midwifery practice.
- Hold midwifery programme accountable to public.
- Meet national and local workforce needs for qualified midwives.
- Midwifery leadership of programme.
- Minimum length of midwifery programmes.
- Minimum entry level of students & other qualifications.
- Qualifications of midwifery theoretical & clinical teachers.
- Competency-based teaching & learning strategies.
- Minimum content of curriculum beginning with ICM Essential Competencies.
- Criteria for learning resources/practice facilities.
- Ongoing evaluation of: students, teachers, the curriculum.
The Global Standards for Midwifery Education need to be used as a package;
- ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education (2010 amended 2013). The education standards.
- ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education - Companion Guidelines These are a "user guide" which expand on the Education Standards.
- ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education - Glossary of Terms
- ICM Curriculum Concordance Map
“We call on governments to provide education and training in the essential competencies for basic midwifery practice..and to strengthen midwifery services.”