Quality Practice > Midwifery Standards Review

Midwifery Standards Review (MSR) is part of the Midwifery Council’s Recertification programme. All midwives in New Zealand have to undertake MSR (at the end of their first year of practice and thereafter two yearly), in order to hold an Annual Practising Certificate. The purpose of the review process is to assist midwives with their ongoing professional development by reflecting on their practice with midwives and consumer reviewers.

Midwifery Standards Review is designed to help the midwife to:

  • maintain professional standards of practice

  • reflect on the partnership between women and midwives throughout the childbirth experience using the feedback received from women. Consumer feedback forms provide women with the opportunity to provide feedback on the care they received. This information is used by the midwife and her reviewers during her review.

  • think about her work using the College Standards for Practice as the accepted guiding principles of midwifery care in New Zealand

  • demonstrate her commitment to ongoing professional development and accountability

  • examine her practice with midwifery peers and consumers of midwifery services.

The College has produced a booklet 'Midwifery Standards Review Handbook' to assist and guide midwives through the review process. These are available to order through the College shop.

To view forms relating to MSR please click here.

Feedback Forms for Consumers

A number of feedback forms are available for Midwives to give to consumers. These include forms for Core and LMC midwives and are available in a number of languages. For forms click here.


Book a Midwifery Standards Review

To book your Midwifery Standards Review please click here

For further information about the Midwifery Standards Review process contact:

The Midwifery Standards Review Administrator

New Zealand College of Midwives (Inc)

PO Box 21059, Edgeware

Christchurch 8143

Telephone (03) 377 2732 Facsimile (03) 377 5662

Email msradmin@nzcom.org.nz