Professional misconduct is conduct that falls below the minimum expectations of a competent and ethical Registered Midwife. Engaging in professional misconduct can lead to disciplinary proceedings that could result in serious orders (e.g., a fine, suspension or even revocation of a member’s certificate of registration).
Some examples of professional misconduct are listed in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), for example, breaking a federal or provincial law or failing to participate with the Quality Assurance Program. Sexual abuse of a client is also specifically identified in the RHPA as professional misconduct. You can read our Sexual Abuse Prevention page here.
The College sets out and enforces professional standards of practice that midwives are required to adhere to in order to provide the public with safe, effective, and ethical care. Professional misconduct is an act or omission that is in breach of these standards and any other legal, or ethical midwifery standard. You can read the College’s Standards of Practice here. Our Professional Misconduct Guide provides a comprehensive review of what constitutes professional misconduct for midwives.
The College’s complaints process allows a member of the public to submit a complaint about a midwife’s behaviour, conduct or practice to be investigated by the College’s Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee (ICRC). More information on the College’s complaints process can be found here.
Regulated health professionals, including midwives and those who work with or employ them have legal and ethical obligations to make reports of professional misconduct to the College of Midwives of Ontario and other colleges and agencies as required under the RHPA. Filing a report ensures that the public remains protected and midwives practise with the necessary competence and skill required by the College. Find more information about reports here.