The Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC) was established by the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2002 under the Health and Personal Social Services Act as an NDPB ( Non Departmental Public Body) to support the development of nurses and midwives by promoting high standards of practice, education and professional development. NIPEC also provides advice and guidance on best practice and matters relating to nursing and midwifery. The membership of the Council consists of six lay members, nine professional members (including Chair), the Chief Executive of NIPEC (Executive member) and the Chief Nursing Officer, DHSSPS (ex officio member).  The Council meets on a quarterly basis, usually the third Wednesday of the month with the meetings commencing at 2.00pm.