Continuing Education Self-Assessment Now Available to IBCLCs Due to Recertify in 2023

The IBCLC Continuing Education (CE) Self-Assessment is now available to all IBCLCs due to recertify in 2023.

The CE Self-Assessment is required for all IBCLCs who choose to recertify by CERPs.  IBCLCs due to recertify in 2023 were sent an email with instructions to access the CE Self-Assessment. If you have not received your email, please check your spam folder.

You can take the CE Self-Assessment now! Of the 75 total CERPs required in 2023, up to 20 CERPs (30%) will be based on the results from your CE Self-Assessment. The remaining CERPs may be earned based on your career goals, practice setting, and interest areas. CERPs earned prior to taking the CE Self-Assessment may count towards the total number of CERPs required based on your self-assessment results. There are many ways to earn CERPs; see the IBLCE March 2022 Briefing.

To recertify by CERPs, you will need to complete all requirements and submit your recertification by CERPs application by September 30, 2023.

 Learn more about all recertification requirements in 2023 here:

Requirement 1: Basic Life Support Education

Requirement 2: 250 Hours of Practice in Lactation Consulting

Requirement 3: Select & Complete One Recertification Method

There are now two recertification options for each five-year recertification cycle:
The IBCLC examination remains an option for recertification but is no longer a requirement.

For IBCLCs due to recertify in 2024 and beyond, we will provide more information about when you will be eligible to take the CE Self-Assessment by the end of 2022.

If you have questions about your specific situation, please reach out to the IBLCE location that serves you.

IBCLC Ethics Updates

Code of Professional Conduct Updates to Enhance Gender Neutrality

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) has made some revisions to the Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs (CPC) to enhance gender neutrality as well as to incorporate British English. As an international organisation, IBLCE uses British English in its publications and documents.

Addendum: Professional Boundaries in Online Communities

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) issued an advisory opinion in September 2015 entitled Professionalism in the Social Media Age. That advisory opinion provided guidance to IBCLCs on professional practice as it relates to electronic communication. It set forth broad principles and issues for consideration to ensure not only the public is protected but also the personal and professional integrity of the IBCLC is protected as well.

Since that time, the use of social media has become increasingly prevalent. Online communities have experienced particularly robust growth over the past several years. These self-organised communities of interest can be helpful to network and share professional information. At the same time, their use should be in alignment with professional behaviour. As IBLCE has received several communications expressing concern about the use of such online communities, IBLCE is issuing an updated advisory opinion, Professionalism in the Social Media Age, which includes an addendum entitled Professional Boundaries in Online Communities. Refresh your recollection on the advisory opinion and review the addendum here.

Updates to Disciplinary Procedures for the Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs

The Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs governs the professional conduct and behaviour of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. In turn, the accompanying disciplinary procedures govern how IBLCE conducts the process when ethics complaints are filed. The IBCLC ethics and disciplinary process is driven primarily by IBCLC volunteer leaders. The procedures have been updated and streamlined so as to emphasise the confidential nature of the process as well as to leverage volunteer time more effectively.

IBLCE has updated the Code of Professional Conduct Complaint Form in a similar manner.

IBCLC Ethics & Disciplinary Information may be found here.

IBLCE Statement on the Shortage of Commercial Milk Formulas

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) is strongly committed to advancing global public health, and we are deeply concerned about the impact that the current shortage of formula milk is having on families who rely upon these products for feeding their babies, particularly those infants with special medical requirements.  

IBLCE applauds recent steps that the US Federal Government and other public bodies have taken to address the situation, while noting that a confluence of factors have led to a “perfect storm” in which too many families experience stress, worry, and urgently seek guidance and resources for their babies and young children.

In the face of this situation, dedicated professionals who are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLCs), and other lactation support workers and volunteers, are providing guidance and direction to resources, as are staff with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children; accredited nonprofit milk banks; and many community-based organisations and hospitals. 

IBLCE commends these IBCLCs and other lactation support workers, who are leading from the frontlines and providing information and care to families during such a difficult and challenging time. You are invaluable in your dedicated service, which helps advance global public health and serve our families!

Those seeking more clinically focused guidance may wish to visit the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Applications for the March 2023 IBCLC examination are now open!

Apply for the March 2023 IBCLC examination by December 5, 2022.
Initial candidates, learn more here. Recertifying IBCLCs, learn more here.