Governance of the Accreditation Process
CAMEd, as the professional association for midwifery education, is committed to quality education for midwives in Canada. Its first objective is to “Promote excellence in midwifery education, and establish and maintain the national accrediting process for midwifery education programs.” The Standards for Baccalaureate Degree programs in midwifery were first approved in 2018. The Accreditation Council of CAMEd conducts the accreditation process and is accountable to the Board of CAMEd for its functions and decisions.
A Liaison Committee, established by the Board of CAMEd, supports the work of the Council in carrying out the accreditation process. The Liaison Committee solicits Accreditation Council members from constituent groups and solicits members for review committees and ad hoc committees (such as an appeals committee or policy review committee). The membership of the Liaison Committee is the President (or delegate) of CAMEd, President (or delegate) of CAM, Chair (or delegate) of CMRC and the Chair (or delegate) of NACM.
The Council is responsible for conducting the accreditation process. It coordinates the review of individual programs, recruits peer reviewers, communicates with programs and reviewers, receives and considers all reports, makes accreditation decisions and informs the Board and CAMEd members of its activities. The Council must meet at a minimum once per year and otherwise as accreditation reviews are scheduled.
The Accreditation Council consists of the following members:
- The Head of a Canadian university program who is a full voting member of CAMEd, normally appointed by the Board of CAMEd as Chair of the Council
- Two midwives who are faculty members from Canadian midwifery programs and are full voting members of CAMEd
- A representative of CMRC (Canadian Midwifery Regulators Council)
- A midwife member of CAM (Canadian Association of Midwives)
- A midwife member of NACM (National Aboriginal Council of Midwives)
- A member of the public with knowledge of midwifery and education programs at a university level, or a member of a health profession familiar with university level preparation for professional practice
- A senior student currently enrolled in a midwifery program or a new graduate of a Canadian midwifery baccalaureate program
Further provisions for membership of the Council include:
- At least one member must have capability in oral and written French
- Regional representation must be considered
- Term of office: normally 3 years, renewable once except for the senior student/new graduate whose term of office is a maximum of 18 months
- Quorum: Chair and 4 members of whom at least two are midwives
- Decision-making is by consensus.
Terms of Reference of the Accreditation Council
- Establish and implement policies and procedures for accreditation reviews.
- Schedule accreditation reviews of individual programs in coordination with each program and notify the programs as well as relevant stakeholder groups of upcoming reviews.
- Conduct training and/or provide access to the AAAC online training program for peer reviewers. recruit and maintain a pool of qualified reviewers.
- Determine the composition of review teams in conjunction with the Head of the program to be reviewed.
- Review documentation submitted by the program and make recommendations regarding specific areas to be addressed by the Review Team.
- Review the written report from peer reviewers and forward the report to the program for verification of factual information.
- Consult with reviewers if changes are needed to ensure accuracy. Document all changes and their reasons.
- Formulate a preliminary decision about the accreditation status and term of accreditation based on the peer reviewer’s report and recommendations. Communicate the preliminary decision to the Program Head for review and response.
- Consider the response submitted by the Program Head and revise the decision if warranted after careful review of the reasons presented.
- Notify the Board in writing of the final accreditation decision.
- Notify the Program Head and Dean of the Faculty in writing of the final accreditation decision. (Letter to be signed by CAMEd President and Accreditation Council Chair.)
- In the event of a notice of appeal, the Council Chair will inform all Council members and request the CAMEd Board in conjunction with the Liaison Committee to appoint an Appeals Committee (whose members are not Council members). The Council will reconsider the accreditation decision if requested by the Appeals Committee. 1
- Conduct periodic reviews of the accreditation standards, the accreditation policies and process and related documents/materials.
- Present recommended revisions of Standards to the CAMEd Board for approval. Report changes to policies and procedures as warranted.
- Report annually to the CAMEd membership the outcome of accreditation reviews completed in that year.
- Represent CAMEd to the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada (AAAC).
1 Detailed procedure/policies for the appeals process to be developed