Regulation - LGIC

College of Optometrists of Ontario

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Summary of Decision:
The Ontario Regulation 17/17 was filed with the Registrar of Regulations as O. Reg. 17/17(Designated Drugs and Standards of Practice) under the Optometry Act, 1991 on February 6, 2016. The regulation was published on e-laws on February 6, 2016 and published in the Ontario Gazette on February 25, 2016.

O. Reg. 17/17 (Designated Drugs and Standards of Practice) amends O. Reg. 112/11 (Designated Drugs and Standards of Practice) under the Optometry Act, 1991.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
February 8, 2013
Summary of Proposal:
Posted as an Information Item

In Ontario, the regulation of health professions is based on a self-governance model. There are 21 health regulatory colleges governing 23 health professions under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and their respective health profession Acts. Health regulatory colleges operate at arm's length from the provincial government and independently administer their own internal processes.

Under the RHPA and the Optometry Act, 1991, the College of Optometrists of Ontario is responsible for governing the profession of optometry in Ontario. Under these Acts, the College of Optometrists of Ontario has the authority to make regulations prior to review by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

In April 2011, the Designated Drugs and Standards of Practice Regulation (O.Reg. 112/11) was passed, authorizing optometrists who have the relevant training in pharmacology to prescribe a specific list of drugs (Schedule 1).

The College is proposing additional drugs to be added to Schedule 1.

For further information, please use the following link to the view the proposal on the College's website.

Alternatively, the College may be contacted at the following address.
Contact Address:
Contact: Dr. Paula Garshowitz, Registrar
Phone: 416.962.4071
Address: 1867 Yonge Street, Suite 901 Toronto ON M4S 1Y5
Effective Date:
February 6, 2017