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Quality Assurance Program

July 22, 2019

Note: This article was originally published in our Summer 2019 edition of our On Call newsletter, and has not been updated.

QAP reports are due October 1, 2019 and can be submitted through the Member Portal.

The Quality Assurance Program (QAP) is designed to ensure that the knowledge, skill and judgment of Ontario midwives remains current throughout their careers and they continue to provide safe, effective, appropriate and ethical midwifery care to their clients.

Who needs to report on the QAP?

All midwives registered in the General class (including new registrants) or Supervised Practice class. Midwives who are inactive on the reporting deadline do not need to submit a QAP report.

When is the QAP report due?

On or before October 1 annually.

How do I track and report my QAP activities?

Continuing education and professional development activities must be documented through the member portal in the Quality Assurance Program section and must include the date, location, number of hours, learning needs, goals and content. Learning needs may be assessed in a variety of ways, primarily through self-evaluation.

Annual Record reporting requirements for QAP activities based on the number of months registered in the general class:

What are the possible outcomes of the QAP reports?

1. Compliant

A member is considered compliant when their submitted QAP report has met the requirements specified above. A member with a complete QAP for that reporting period will receive a Notice of Compliance.

2. Non-compliant

A member is considered non-compliant when their submitted QAP report has not met the requirements of the Program. A Notice of Non-compliance will be issued because either a QAP has missing or incorrect information or because a QAP report has not been submitted. Members marked non-compliant are required to submit an administrative fee and the QAP Barriers to Compliance document.

3. Exempt

A member can be granted an exemption from any or all of the requirements of the QAP because of illness or any other circumstance the QAC considers appropriate (O. Reg. 335/12, s. 4). All members requesting an exemption must provide the College’s Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) with a completed QAP exemption request form to be reviewed by a QAC panel.