Consultation documents

From time to time, the Council consults on issues relating to midwifery regulation.

Open Consultations

There are currently no open consultations.


Closed Consultations

Naming Policy consultation closed on 15 January 2020.

The Council recently consulted on a draft Naming Policy, which was required to be developed as a result of the April 2019 amendments to the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA).

Following this round of consultation, the feedback from the maternity sector and other stakeholders will be considered, and the draft policy may be further revised prior to being finalised at the next Council meeting. The policy is required to be in place by 11 April 2020.

You can view the full Naming Policy consultation document, the Council's final and approved policy can be viewed here. 


Gazetted fees

The Council recently consulted on proposed adjustments to the Midwifery Council’s fees. Consultation closed on 20 November 2019

Invitation for feedback was sent by email to 3996 midwives and the proposal was published on the Midwifery Council website. Feedback was received from 15 individuals and organisations (including 1 DHB, 1 School of Midwifery and the College of Midwives), which constitutes a less than 0.5% response rate, and was considered by the Council on Tuesday, 26th November 2019.

The Council made some changes to the proposed fees as a result of the feedback. You can see these in the consultation feedback document. The other fees remain the same as set out in the consultation paper. The approved fees will be gazetted this month and will come into effect in January 2020.

You can find the initial consultation document here


Standards for approval of pre-registration midwifery education programmes

The Midwifery Council recently consulted on amendments to the Standards for approval of pre-registration midwifery education programmes and accreditation of tertiary education organisations. Consultation closed on 7 June 2019.

Feedback was received from 14 stakeholders, including the four schools of midwifery, a number of DHBs and some individuals. An analysis of the feedback may be viewed here. Changes being made to the standards are consistent with the Council's rationale for the proposed changes and are aligned with the feedback received. 


Gazetted fees

The Midwifery Council Proposed 2018/19 APC fee consultation closed on 3 January 2018.

The Council recently sought feedback from stakeholders on a proposal to increase the Annual Practising Certificate fee for the first time since December 2006. Feedback was received from 38 stakeholders. An analysis of the consultation feedback and the Council's decision to increase the APC fee for 2018/19 may be downloaded here.

The Midwifery Council (Fees) Notice 2018 has been published in the NZ Gazette on 11 January and takes effect from 8 February 2018.


Recertification Programme Consultation 2016

The Midwifery Council Recertification Programme consultation closed on 7th June 2016