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).
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:
- Ensure that midwives enter the register following education consistent with the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education.
- Ensure that midwives enter the register able to demonstrate the ICM Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice .
- 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
4.1 Scope of practice
4.2 Pre-registration midwifery education
4.4 Continuing competence
4.5 Complaints and discipline
4.6 Code of conduct and ethics