Midwifery

The College of Midwives of British Columbia is the regulatory body established for the health profession of midwifery.

Midwifery has been a designated health profession under the Health Professions Act since March 15, 1995, and is regulated by the College in accordance with the Act, the Midwives Regulation and the bylaws of the College.

Before designation under the Health Professions Act, the profession was unregulated in British Columbia.

The composition of the board of the College is:

  • six elected midwives; and
  • three public representatives appointed by the Minister.

Amendments to the Midwives Regulation

Amendments to the Midwives Regulation and to most College bylaws are subject to a three-month notice period, unless the Minister specifies a shorter period.

The College is responsible for giving notice of proposed bylaw amendments, including posting them on the College website, and all bylaw amendments must be filed with the Minister to be effective. Filed bylaws come into force 60 days after the date of filing, unless the Minister either disallows the change or specifies an earlier date, or the College withdraws the change.

The full text of the current bylaws and information about any proposed bylaw amendments may be obtained by contacting the College. Comments on proposed bylaw amendments should be submitted to both the College and the Ministry.

 

Proposed Regulation Amendments Notice Date
There are no proposed amendments. June 28, 2016    

 

Approved Regulation Amendments Date
Amends the Midwives Regulation to enable midwives in BC to prescribe, compound, dispense and administer certain controlled drugs and substances in certain circumstances. November 24, 2016
MO 461/2016
BC Reg 274/2016
Amends the Midwives Regulation regarding the profession's scope of practice and restricted activities. April 9, 2009
MO 129/2009
BC Reg 155/2009
Re-enacts the Midwives Regulation, effective October 17, 2008. October 15, 2008
MO 241/2008
BC Reg 281/2008
Repeals the Midwives Regulation (BC Reg 103/95), effective October 17, 2008.

Continues the designation of midwifery under the Health Professions Designation Regulation, effective October 17, 2008.
October 10, 2008
OIC 737/2008
BC Reg 270/2008
Amends the Midwives Regulation to add one diagnostic test to Schedule 2. October 10, 2008
OIC 737/2008
BC Reg 270/2008
Amends the Midwives Regulation to add one diagnostic test to Schedule 2. October 18, 2007
OIC 677/2007
BC Reg 317/2007
Amends the Midwives Regulation to add two drugs to Schedule 1, permit additional uses of one drug already listed in schedule 1, and add two diagnostic tests to Schedule 2. June 21, 2007
OIC 471/2007
BC Reg 211/2007
Amends Schedule 1 to add two drugs and Schedule 2 to add three diagnostic tests. July 28, 2005
OIC 551/2005
BC Reg 256/2005
Amends Schedule 1 of the Midwives Regulation to add one drug. February 11, 2005
OIC 86/2005
BC Reg 32/2005
Amends Schedule 1 of the Midwives Regulation to add four drugs and Schedule 2 to add one diagnostic test. December 12, 2003|
OIC 1227/2003
BC Reg 468/2003
Amends the Midwives Regulation by adding two new reserved acts relating to prescribing and administering drugs and substances and ordering and interpreting screening and diagnostic tests, and adding two Schedules setting out the drugs and substances and tests authorized for midwifery practice. June 20, 2003
OIC 635/2003
BC Reg 245/2003
Effective December 31, 1999, section 8 of the Midwives Regulation is amended by striking out "December 31, 1999" and substituting "October 31, 2000". December 17, 1999
OIC 1773/99
BC Reg 448/99
Section 8 of the Midwives Regulation is amended by striking out "December 31, 1998" and substituting "December 31, 1999". December 18, 1998
OIC 1598/98
BC Reg 472/98
Makes the Midwives Regulation. March 15, 1995
OIC 269/95
BC Reg 103/95        

 

Filed Bylaw Amendments Date
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule 3 - Fees for Registration, Renewal, and Examinations. Filed November 24, 2015
In force January 1, 2016
MO 384/2015
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing forms 1-6. Filed January 6, 2015
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Part V regarding registration, adding Schedule 6 regarding recognized midwifery education programs, and adding Forms 1 to 6. Filed June 6, 2014
In force June 9, 2014
MO 185/2014
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule 3 (fees). Filed December 13,
2013                    
Filed December 13, 2013Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule 3 (fees). Filed December 14, 2012
In force January 14, 2013
MO 285/2012
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule 3 (fees). Filed January 10, 2012
Amends the bylaws regarding remuneration of board and committee members, composition of committees, the mandate of the quality assurance committee and establishment of a new standards of practice committee, powers of the deputy registrar, and various other matters. Filed April 14, 2011
In force April 15, 2011
MO 102/2011
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule 3 (fees). Filed March 13, 2009
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule 3 (fees). October 4, 2007
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule 3 (fees). March 2, 2006
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by adding a new Schedule 5 (costs). March 2, 2006
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule 3 (fees). January 18, 2006
Deposited
Amends sections 4, 34, 52 and 92 of the bylaws. December 19, 2005
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule 3 (fees). November 25, 2005
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule 3 (fees). June 10, 2005
Deposited
Approves a number of amendments regarding the term of appointments and elections and conditional registration requirements. October 3, 2002
OIC 892/2002
Amends provisions related to terms of office, payments, and fees (increases the application, registration, renewal, and examination fees). July 11, 2002
OIC 600/2002
Effective August 1, 2000, with the exception of section 51.1(3), the bylaws of the College are approved regarding: registration requirements, new provisions for student registrants, record keeping requirements, inter-provincial registration reciprocity and revisions to the Schedule of Drugs and Substances. July 13, 2000
OIC 1036/2000
Amends the bylaws to increase fees for application, registration/renewal and examination registration fees. January 28, 1999
OIC 121/99
Approves the bylaws of the College. April 3, 1997
OIC 413/97

 

Other Date
Orders that the date by which the first election must be held is changed to August 4, 1998. May 1, 1998
MO 190/98
Orders that the date by which the first election must be held is changed to July 1, 1998. September 2, 1997
MO 311/97
Designates midwifery as a prescribed health care profession for the purposes of the definition of "practitioner" under the Pharmacists, Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act. August 1, 1997
OIC 961/97
BC Reg 277/97
Appoints the first board of the College and orders that the first election of professional members to the board must be held on or before July 1, 1997. March 15, 1995
MO 170/95