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Fetal Health Surveillance

PLEASE NOTE: Perinatal Services BC does not offer provider courses. Each health authority or individual hospitals have FHS instructors who offer FHS provider courses. Please contact the education department at the hospital or health authority in your area directly to find out when the next provider course isas we are not notified about upcoming courses.

February 8, 2021

Clarification re: FHS exam voucher expiry 

The information regarding the expiry of FHS exam vouchers has been updated and it is as follows:
Bulk exam vouchers can be purchased annually or as needed; please avoid carrying forward more pre-paid exam vouchers than needed in one-year. Exam vouchers will expire 2 years from purchase date.

Please disregard any other time frames outlined in previously published PSBC memos. Thank you.

2018: New online FHS exam being fee for access

  • Bulk Purchasing of Exams: Starting on September 1, 2018, exams can be purchased individually or through facility bulk purchasing at a discounted price. Bulk purchase exam access codes are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase, after which time they will expire. Bulk purchases can be made via email by contacting or by telephone 604-675-3777. The following discount purchase pricing is available:

Number of Exams

Cost (CAN)

1-24 exams
25-49 exams
50-99 exams
100+ exams

June 2021
NOVA StatStrip Lactate Meter Provincial Recommendation - The Nova StatStrip (NSS) Lactate meter has been identified to have fluctuating changes in both the bias and the precision of the testing, leading to concerns around its use with the originally designated measurement ranges used to interpret the test. See memo and FAQ for further information around the provincial recommendation. 

26th January 2021
Philips Fetal Scalp Electrode (FSE) SHORTAGE - Update
In follow up to our memo dated December 11, 2020, PHSA Supply Chain has provided an update on progress regarding the Philips Fetal Scalp Electrodes (FSE) shortage.  

January 2021 
The Updated 2020 FHS Online Manual has gone LIVE!
The Canadian FHS Steering Committee has provided an update on the release of the Updated FHS Online Manual along with helpful information around learner access and the online exam.

11th December 2020 
Philips Fetal Scalp Electrode (FSE) SHORTAGE - Update
In follow up to our memo dated November 27, 2020, (below) PHSA Supply Chain has provided an update on progress regarding the Philips Fetal Scalp Electrodes (FSE) shortage

27th November 2020 
Important Information Re Philips FSE shortage
Due to the shortage of the Philips  Fetal Scalp Electrodes (FSE) see the attached memo recommending strategies to conserve supplies, and share widely among your networks.

August 2020

The 2020 British Columbia Fetal Health Surveillance (FHS) Update is intended to inform FHS instructors and users in British Columbia regarding changes to fetal health surveillance content and the program. The update is available in pre-recorded format via the following links:  

The FHS Instructor Workshop is a 2 day in-person workshop intended for experienced practitioners who wish to facilitate Canadian FHS Fundamentals and Refresher education. Participants must have a sponsoring hospital/site or program that supports fetal health education.  

Next FHS Instructor Workshops 

June 2 & 3 – Vancouver, 0800 – 1600 each day

Workshop Cost: $450 which includes initial registration on the Canadian FHS Instructor Portal via UBC CPD

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be registered as a regulated professional as one of the following: Licensed Physician, Registered Nurse, or Registered Midwife 
  • Have a sponsoring hospital/site that supports fetal health education   
  • Have current and relevant intrapartum care experience (minimum 2 years)
  • Current knowledge of FHS literature, evidence, and education (this may be demonstrated by successful completion of the Fundamentals of FHS Education or Refresher FHS Education)
  • Current Fundamentals/Refresher FHS Workshop and completion of the FHS online exam available through UBC CPD within the preceding 12 months of the workshop. 
  • If it has been longer than 12 months AND you are current provider within 2 year timeframe, you will need to complete the online exam prior to the workshop.

At the end of the course, participants will have access to the Canadian FHS Instructor Portal through UBC CPD which houses all the resources and workshop materials to support FHS education in BC.

Application Process:

  1. Complete and submit the FHS INSTRUCTOR CANDIDATE Expression of Interest  to . 
  2. Complete and submit the FHS INSTRUCTOR CANDIDATE Letter of Support to . To be completed and signed by a manager or administrative lead establishing support for FHS and your role as FHS Instructor in your organization.  
  3. Await confirmation of seat in FHS Instructor Workshop (within 7 business days).  
  4. Once confirmed, a registration form/payment information will be sent to you. Submit the Registration Form and payment to email or fax number provided at the bottom of the form.
  5. Submit current status of Fundamentals/Refresher FHS Workshop (certificate of last workshop attended).
  6. Submit copy of successful completion of FHS Online Exam certificate no later than a week prior to the workshop.

Following the instructor workshop:

Mentorship: Co-teach with an experienced FHS instructor arranged by your health authority (2 co-teach sessions recommended). It is highly recommended that fetal health surveillance workshops are interprofessional whenever possible.

Registration:  Maintain registration as a Canadian FHS instructor with the Canadian FHS Program via UBC CPD (initial registration is included in the FHS instructor workshop).

Continuing Competence & Renewal:  It is the responsibility of each Canadian FHS Instructor to maintain their instructor status by:
  • Actively staying current in knowledge of FHS updates, Canadian practices and recommendations, and practice changes.
  • Facilitate at least 3 FHS provider workshops in 3 years (Fundamentals or Refresher Workshops). Submit rosters on instructor portal.
  • Renew FHS Instructor status with the Canadian FHS Education Program via UBC CPD every 3 years.
  • Successfully complete the Canadian FHS online exam within 1 month of renewal date.
  • Participate in reading/contributing to provincial/territorial committee work, instructor newsletters, and webinar updates.

For more information, contact 

The online Fetal Health Surveillance Instructor Portal is hosted at the University of British Columbia Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) and houses current workshop materials and update notifications.

To submit an online application for access to the Canadian FHS Instructor Portal, follow enrollment process below:

Note: Please ensure that you meet registration requirements for Canadian FHS Instructors (listed on link below) before continuing through the application.

  2. Register for the portal if you meet the registration requirements.
  3. Submit payment for access using a valid credit card (non-refundable).
  4. Await confirmation of your application acceptance. 
The fee is $75.00, to be renewed every three years.

The Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance: A Self-Learning Manual is also available online. Access to the manual is free for Canadian stakeholders. There is a charge of CAD$125 for users outside Canada.

Self-registration for the manual is available through the University of British Columbia (UBC) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) department at

For the hard copy textbook, please use the FHS Manual Order Form.

If you have any questions, email

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