The Core Competencies for Quality Family Planning* provide capacity building for health care delivery sites to meet the needs for quality family planning and enable providers to achieve one or more competencies based on self-directed, targeted or comprehensive approaches using available resources. Originally developed in the context of Zika, the competencies continue to provide a roadmap to assist providers in operationalizing the Quality Family Planning Guidelines.

Click on a competency for more information and to view a list of organizations with resources to support that competency. You can also click here to view a condensed matrix of organizations that address each competency.

For a printable list of the 14 Core Competencies for Contraceptive Care, download either the English PDF or Spanish PDF of our Core Competencies for Contraceptive Care.

The Core Competencies for Contraceptive and Other Related Family Planning Services in the Context of Zika were developed by OPA, the National Training Centers, representative experts in family planning and major professional organizations including ACOG, ARHP, and NFPRHA in response to family planning providers' request for foundational guidance about how to operationalize the Quality Family Planning Guidelines – the 2014 CDC/OPA document jointly published in 2014.

The competencies are comprehensive and can be found in a pdf file in English and Spanish on the Office of Population Affairs website and on the FPNTC website.

Respectful Care iconProvide respectful and client-centered care focused on meeting clients' needs.
Screening iconScreen all clients for their pregnancy desires and/or reproductive life plan.
Zika iconProvide Zika education and risk assessment in the context of the client's reproductive intentions.
Contraceptive Counseling iconProvide contraceptive counseling and services to all clients wishing to prevent pregnancy in a client-centered manner that prioritizes patient preferences and reproductive autonomy.
Adolescents iconAddress the special needs of adolescent clients.
Testing iconProvide pregnancy testing and counseling and appropriate referrals (to prenatal care, adoption services, and abortion), as needed.
Achieve Pregnancy iconProvide pregnancy testing/counseling and other services to help clients achieve pregnancy, with consideration for whether client or partner(s) live in an area with active Zika transmission, have traveled to an endemic area, or whether they plan to travel to an endemic area.
LARC iconProvide placement and removal of the long-acting reversible methods of contraception (LARC), as indicated by the preference of the client.
Continuity iconDevelop a plan for continuity and sustainability that considers costs of care.
Scheduling iconAddress scheduling and clinic flow needs for streamlined family planning services.
Culturally appropriate iconProvide culturally and linguistically appropriate educational materials addressing risk for Zika infection, all contraceptive methods and pregnancy options, with consideration for health literacy and numeracy.
Coding and billing iconProvide accurate coding and billing for all family planning services.
Monitor iconMonitor performance as part of the continuous quality improvement process.
Network iconMaintain a robust referral network and processes for referral and follow up for services not provided (i.e., IUD placement and removal; implant placement and removal; abortion, prenatal care, etc.).
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