College of Optometrists of Ontario
Bill or Act:
Summary of Proposal:
Under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and the Optometry Act, 1991, the College of Optometrists of Ontario (College) is responsible for governing the self-regulating profession of optometry in Ontario.
Under these Acts, the College may make regulations on a variety of subject matters, including quality assurance, subject to the prior review by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
The College is proposing to amend its Quality Assurance (QA) regulation to provide more flexibility in the Quality Assurance program, including practice assessments, and make the regulation more consistent with the RHPA and amendments made to the Registration Regulation under the Optometry Act, 1991.
The proposed amendments would accomplish the following:
- Provide for flexibility in assessing optometrists' practices, taking into account the various ways that members practice
- In keeping with the requirements under the RHPA, add provisions for members to self-assess their practice.
- Provide the Committee more options for remediation, when needed, to help members improve their practices.
- Revoke provisions that relate to assessing applicants for registration, and assessing members who are referred for sexually inappropriate behaviour, as this is no longer consistent with the RHPA.
To view the proposed amendments to the College's Quality Assurance Regulation, please use the following link to the College website.
Alternatively, the College may be contacted as follows.
October 24, 2014
Comments Due Date:
December 8, 2014
Contact: Feedback-College of Optometrists of Ontario
Address: Suite 900 - 65 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto ON M4T 2Y3
Website: www. collegeoptom.on.ca