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Standards Review: Important Changes Coming into Effect on June 1st, 2021

February 26, 2021

At its December meeting, Council made a number of important decisions regarding College standards of practice that will come into effect on June 1, 2021.

These changes follow two rounds of consultations with midwives, including a 9-week public consultation held last year during which midwives, the public and a wide range of stakeholders took the opportunity to provide feedback on our proposals.

The following changes were approved.

  1. The following standards of practice will be rescinded
    • Consultation and Transfer of Care Standard (CTCS)
    • When a Client Chooses Care Outside Midwifery Standards of Practice
    • Delegation, Orders and Directives
  2. The following document will be implemented
    • The Midwifery Scope of Practice describes the legislative scope of practice and will replace the CTCS.
  3. The following standards and guiding documents will be amended
    • The Professional Standards for Midwives to:
      • set minimum expectations for midwives after a transfer of care (standard #26)
      • include additional standards on delegation (standard #31) and to revise the definition of “delegation” in the Glossary of Terms
    • The Guideline on Ending the Midwife Client Relationship to provide guidance to midwives in situations when a client chooses care that falls below a standard of the profession.


How can I find out more about these changes?

More information about these changes is available here.

Any questions you have about the revised documents can be addressed to practiceadvice@cmo.on.ca

The College will also be holding a webinar this spring to answer any outstanding questions midwives have about the legislative scope of practice. Please watch out for this opportunity to participate and have your questions answered.

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