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The NMC was established under the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 ('the Order') and came into being on 1 April 2002. Our legislation sets out who we regulate, our role and functions, how we approach those functions, and certain rights, obligations and powers that we and nurses and midwives have.

Our order and rules

The text of the legislation for regulating nurses and midwives.

Our legislation

Overview of our legislation, how it fits together and what this means for us and the nurses and midwives we regulate.

How we work