Proposed Regulation Amendments

The Ministry of Health is proposing amendments to the Midwives Regulation.

The proposed amendments will do the following:

  • In addition to medical practitioners, specify that nurse practitioners may prescribe certain controlled drugs and substances that a midwife can compound, dispense and administer;
  • Enable midwives to autonomously prescribe, compound, dispense, or administer three new categories of drugs for specific purposes:
    • anti-coagulants for prophylaxis or treatment of thrombosis;
    • benzodiazepines for therapeutic rest in prodromal labour or short term management of excessive anxiety in the postpartum period; and
    • narcotics for pain relief in labour or the postpartum period.
  • Require that a midwife be certified by the College before they can prescribe anti-coagulants, benzodiazepines, and narcotics, for the purpose prescribed in the regulation.

The notice period that is required by the Health Professions Act before the proposed regulation amendments can be brought into force will begin June 28, 2016 and end 90 days later.

Further details on these changes can be found on the Ministry of Health website at:

The Ministry requests that any comments on these proposed regulation amendments be submitted no later than September 26, 2016.

Please submit comments by email only to:
Professional Regulation and Oversight Branch
Health Sector Workforce Division
Ministry of Health
1515 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC