College of Opticians of Ontario
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Opticianry Act, 1991
Summary of Decision:
The above mentioned regulation was filed on November 19, 2012. The regulation was filed as O. Reg. 377/12. The regulation was published on e-laws on November 21, 2012 and published in the Ontario Gazette on December 8, 2012
Summary of Proposal:
Under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and the Opticianry Act, 1991, the College of Opticians of Ontario (COO) is, among other things, responsible for making regulations respecting the self-regulating profession of opticians in Ontario.
Under these Acts, the COO may make regulations on a variety of subject matters, including quality assurance (QA), subject to the prior review of the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
The purpose of the proposed amendments is to ensure that the Colleges' QA program and QA regulation aligns with the new QA provisions of the Health Professions Procedural Code (Code), which is Schedule 2 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA).
Summary of Regulation
The QA program applies to all members of the COO who hold a certificate of registration as a registered optician. The QA program includes, amongst other matters, the following components:
- mandatory requirements for members to maintain records of their self-assessment, continuing education and professional development activities, and to provide these records at the request of the College;
- a peer and practice assessment component that is designed to monitor and identify any area(s) of a member's knowledge, skill and judgment that are unsatisfactory; and
- remediation of a member whose knowledge, skill and judgment is found to be unsatisfactory as a result of a peer and practice assessment.
Contact: Bev Sloan, Deputy Registrar
Address: 902 - 85 Richmond St. West, Toronto, ON M5H 2C9
Website: www. coptont.org
November 19, 2012