Policy on Board Eligibility

College of Midwives of British Columbia Board and Committee members are expected to meet high standards of conduct which enhance and maintain both the confidence of the public and the members of the profession in their actions and decisions.  Board and committee members are required to keep confidential any and all information relating to discussions at its meetings and/or confidential information belonging to, or obtained through their affiliation with the CMBC unless compelled by legal process to disclose such information.

Eligibility to be an elected professional board member

In order to be a professional member of the Board of the College of Midwives the registrant must:

  • Be registered as a general registrant[1] of the College;
  • Be in compliance with the requirements for general registration set out in the bylaws;
  • Agree to observe the provisions of the Health Professions Act, the Midwives Regulation and the CMBC Bylaws and serve the public interest;
  • Be elected by the membership in accordance with the procedures set out in the CMBC bylaws, or appointed to fill a vacancy as provided for in Section 5 of the bylaws.

In addition, the member must not:

  • Fail, without cause, to attend two consecutive meetings of the Board;
  • Be in default of payment of fees prescribed by the College for a period of more than 30 days;
  • Be a Board member, an employee or a contractor of the Midwives Association of BC[2], or be a Board or Executive member of the Canadian Association of Midwives;
  • Have a certificate of registration that is subject to terms, conditions or limitations;
  • Become the subject of a disciplinary proceeding.

Eligibility to be an appointed public board member

  • Be appointed by Order in Council or by the Minister to serve on the Board;
  • Agree to observe the provisions of the Health Professions Act, the Midwives Regulation and the CMBC Bylaws and serve the public interest;
  • Follow the Guidelines for Conduct set out by government for the conduct of public appointees.

In addition, the member must not:

  • Fail, without cause, to attend two consecutive meetings of the Board;
  • Be a Board member, an employee or contractor of the Midwives Association of BC[2], or be a Board or Executive member of the Canadian Association of Midwives.

Board and Committee members, both elected and appointed, are required to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to participating on the Board and/or Committee.

Should either an elected or appointed Board member become ineligible to serve on the Board based on any of the above criteria, that person’s board membership shall be suspended for up to three months.  If the member is still ineligible to serve at that time, her resignation from the Board will be requested.

Eligibility to be a professional committee member

In order to be a professional member of the College committees the registrant must:

  • Be registered as a general registrant[2] of the College;
  • Be in compliance with the requirements for general registration set out in the bylaws;
  • Agree to observe the provisions of the Health Professions Act, the Midwives Regulation and the CMBC Bylaws and serve the public interest;

In addition, the member must not:

  • Fail, without cause, to attend two consecutive meetings of their committee;
  • Be in default of payment of fees prescribed by the College for a period of more than 30 days;
  • Be a Board member, an employee or a contractor of the Midwives Association of BC[2], or be a Board or Executive member of the Canadian Association of Midwives;
  • Have a certificate of registration that is subject to terms, conditions or limitations;
  • Become the subject of a disciplinary proceeding.

Conflict of interest

CMBC Board and committee members must avoid circumstances where a conflict of interest or bias might impair or appear to impair the integrity or impartiality of the College.  Actions taken as a Board or committee member should not be affected or be perceived to be affected by private gain or interest.

Members who are in doubt about a potential conflict of interest should declare their circumstances and consult with the President or the Registrar/Executive Director.

In the College’s decision-making processes, a conflict of interest shall be declared by a member of the Board or committee who deems herself to be in a conflict of interest or who could reasonably be perceived to have a conflict of interest.  That member shall refrain from discussion before, during or after the debate or discussion on the issue in question and shall absent herself from the portion of the meeting where the matter is discussed.  The disclosure shall be recorded in the minutes.

Inquiry Committee members shall not sit on the Discipline committee, nor shall Discipline Committee members sit on the Inquiry Committee or be privy to the discussion of any Inquiry matter that could be referred to Discipline.

Registration Committee and panel members who are instructors/assessors at the University of British Columbia or approved Bridging programs must recuse themselves from any discussions involving their education programs and/or the registration of graduates of said programs.

Board and committee members should endeavor to keep distinct and separate any other memberships, directorships, volunteer or paid positions or affiliations from work undertaken as a member of the Board of the College.

Board and committee members or their families shall not enter into any paid contract with or receive remuneration[2] from the College except:

  • When doing Board or committee work, or committee-related work, for which they may be paid an honorarium;
  • On a competitive basis unless a competition is not feasible for reasons documented by the College, and
  • Where the Board member has declared an interest therein and has absented herself from the portion of the meeting where the matter is discussed and refrained from voting thereon.

[1]  Elected Board members who subsequently change to non-practising status may complete their term of office.
[2]  Members who are certified instructors or examiners in specific continuing competency areas may act as examiners or instructors.
[3]  Committee members who subsequently change to non-practising status may complete their term of office.