CLOSED – CMBC’s New Consultation Strategy

CMBC’s professional standards and policies have a significant impact on how midwives practice, how members of the public receive midwifery care, and how the profession of midwifery integrates with the broader perinatal care system in BC. Accordingly, CMBC has launched a new consultation strategy to gather feedback from a wide range of perspectives in order to develop related policy in an informed, accountable and transparent manner.  We now invite stakeholders to provide feedback on CMBC’s new consultation strategy until September 30th, 2019. Your feedback will be used to ensure CMBC’s consultation strategy meets the needs of stakeholders.


Q: What are the components of CMBC’s new consultation strategy?

A: First, a new or revised policy, standard or bylaw will be referred for consultation by the responsible CMBC statutory committee. Formal notification of a consultation posting will be issued to relevant stakeholders, including registrants and other health professionals; participation is optional and open to everyone. The referred policy, standard or bylaw will be posted here on the website, accompanied by a summary of key concepts and question-and-answer section to highlight rationale for the changes and potential impacts.  Stakeholders will have the option to complete an online feedback form. CMBC will also initiate consultation by phone, email, in-person focus groups, written correspondence and surveys as appropriate.

After a consultation has closed, feedback will be summarized and provided back to the responsible CMBC statutory committee. They will propose additional revisions as necessary and then, depending on the nature of the revisions, refer the policy, standard or bylaw back to stakeholders for a second consultation or to the Board for approval.

Q: How does CMBC choose which policy, standard or bylaw to refer for consultation?

A: How and what CMBC requests consultation depends on the nature and scale of impact of what is being proposed, as well as the number and type of stakeholders with which consultation is required.  For example, minor grammatical changes to a policy on medical record storage would go directly from the committee to the board for consideration. However, a consultation would be issued for proposed changes to that same policy on medical records storage that would change how and where a midwife was required to store their records following retirement.

Q: How long will CMBC keep a consultation open?
: Consultations are time-limited, and typically last 30-60 days.

Q: How will I know if or how a consultation affected the process of revision of a policy, standard or bylaw?

A: Results of each consultation will be published quarterly in the CMBC Newsletter.