Minister of Health makes regulation changes to support creation of British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives.

CMBC and the BC College of Nursing Professionals are pleased to announce that the Hon. Adrian Dix, B.C.’s Minister of Health, has signed an order amending four profession-specific regulations under the Health Professions Act as required to support our amalgamation.

Review the Ministerial Order

These changes officially give us our new name: the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives, or BCCNM. The new college will begin regulating nurses and midwives on September 1, 2020.

The next milestone is the appointment of the first BCCNM Board, anticipated sometime over the summer. Board members will be appointed by the Minister of Health.

Bylaw consultation ongoing

A reminder that the proposed BCCNM bylaws are currently posted for consultation. Provide your feedback by visiting www.bcnursesandmidwives.ca.

Government releases Order in Council confirming BCCNP-CMBC amalgamation

On June 8, 2020 the Government released an Order in Council that amends the regulations under the Health Professions Act to confirm the amalgamation of BCCNP and CMBC will take place on Sept 1. 2020, as planned.

These regulation changes were proposed by government in March. The proposed bylaws for the new college were posted by BCCNP and CMBC on May 27.

Our two colleges are continuing to work together to ensure a seamless transition ahead of the Sept. 1, 2020 amalgamation.

Questions?
Email bylaws@bcnursesandmidwives.ca if you have questions or feedback.

Proposed bylaws for BC College of Nurses and Midwives posted for review

The College of Midwives of BC and the BC College of Nursing Professionals are planning to amalgamate to become the BC College of Nurses and Midwives, anticipated to occur on September 1, 2020. We are pleased to report that the proposed bylaws for the new college are available for review.

Board members and staff from the two colleges have worked together to create new bylaws. The Ministry of Health has also been kept closely apprised of our progress. The aim has been to create bylaws that will enable the new college to be fully functional from Day 1 of amalgamation on the basis of the following principles:

  • to make no major changes besides those required to continue regulating the five professional groups (nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, licensed practical nurses and psychiatric nurses);
  • to make some changes necessary for the transition itself;
  • to clarify or enhance bylaws that support our current work; and
  • to update bylaws for the new governance framework.

Before these new bylaws can come into effect, we are required to give notice to registrants and the public and post them for three months. This gives everyone who is interested an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback and is a key phase in the process. Feedback from registrants is especially useful as it provides us with insight into how the bylaws will be perceived and whether further clarification is needed.

We value and appreciate your feedback and hope you will take part in the consultation process.

What happens to your feedback?

All comments submitted will be considered by both colleges and the Ministry of Health before receiving final approval from the first board of the new college. If you prefer, you may provide comments directly to the Ministry of Health.

  • Click here to go to the bylaw consultation page.

Temporary (emergency) Registration Available

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMBC has made Temporary (emergency) registration available to Non-practising registrants, former registrants and practising midwives in other Canadian jurisdictions.

In accordance with section 53 of the CMBC bylaws:

  • Temporary (emergency) registration is solely for the purpose of providing assistance during an emergency situation declared by the CMBC Registrar.
  • A Temporary (emergency) registrant must not attend a birth as the principal midwife, or as a second midwife, unless the registrant holds current certificates in neonatal resuscitation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency skills.
  • Temporary (emergency) registration may be granted for a period of up to 90 days and renewed for one or more additional periods of up to 90 days if the Registrar’s declaration of the emergency situation continues to be in effect.

Temporary (emergency) registration will be granted to individuals who meet the criteria outlined below.

Current Non-practising registrant

  • is in good standing
  • meets current clinical experience requirement

Former registrant

  • was in good standing before unregistered
  • meets current clinical experience requirement

Practising midwife in other Canadian jurisdictions

  • is in good standing in the jurisdiction(s) where they are registered
  • has no practice restrictions, limitations or conditions

All applicants must have a criminal record check within the past five years and professional liability insurance coverage, arranged through the Midwives Association of BC, for registration.

How to Apply

If you meet the criteria and would like to apply for Temporary (emergency) registration, please click below to access the application form, complete it and submit it to CMBC by fax or email for processing.

All fees including application and registration will be waived as long as applicants are able to describe the need identified in their community/area of practice with regards to the pandemic crisis and how their return to practice will help meet that need.

The application form can be found here.

Questions

Please email dep.registrar@cmbc.bc.ca or qa@cmbc.bc.ca for any questions on Temporary (emergency) registration and the process.

CMBC is conducting business remotely due to COVID-19

CMBC is currently conducting business remotely due to the COVID-19 threat of community spread. The College has systems in place to ensure our business will not be interrupted, staff are working remotely and all CMBC operations and services are running as normal. Should you have any questions or require immediate assistance, please contact us either by email or by phone. For a full list of staff details, visit: https://www.cmbc.bc.ca/contact/

Government posts regulations in support of amalgamation with BC College of Nursing Professionals

The College of Midwives of BC (CMBC) and the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) are very pleased to report that government has posted the regulation changes supporting the amalgamation of our two colleges.

Included among the amendments is the proposed name of the new college: the BC College of Nurses and Midwives. Government has also accepted our proposed amalgamation date of September 1, 2020.

We’re very pleased that government has moved quickly to post these amendments, especially considering the considerable demands being made on the Ministry of Health with regard to COVID-19. This is a strong endorsement that our proposed amalgamation is well aligned with their vision for modernizing health profession regulation.

Visit the government’s professional regulation page to share your feedback (please note: you can find the announcement near the end of the page).

2020-21 online registration renewal is now open

The online portal is for all General and Non-practising registrants to renew their registration for the 2020-21 registration year (covering the period from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021).

Registrants who wish to renew for other registration classes, please contact registration@cmbc.bc.ca

All registrants, including Non-practising registrants, must also complete the Annual Self-Review (ASR), formerly the ASA quiz and part of the QA program, by March 1, 2020.

Deadlines:

  • March 1, 2020: Deadline for completion of the ASR, renewal application submission and payment of renewal and registration fees.
  • March 31, 2020 (noon): Deadline for submission of required proof of Continuing Competencies certification or recertification (NRP, CPR, FHS and/or ESW where applicable).

2019 Holiday Closure

CMBC’s office will be closed to the public for the holidays from Monday, December 23, 2019 to Friday, December 27, 2019. We will be available by email on December 23, 24 and the 27 for urgent inquiries. Please contact registrar@cmbc.bc.ca if you have a pressing concern during this time. The office will reopen on Monday, December 30, 2019. Please note we will be closed again on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. We will reopen as of Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Due to our office holiday closure, registration related processing including payments with effective dates in December 2019 or January 1, 2020 must be submitted by Friday, December 20 at noon for processing.