College of Optometrists of Ontario
O. Reg 112/11
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Summary of Decision:
The above mentioned regulation was filed with the Registrar of Regulations on April 5, 2011 as O. Reg. 112/11, and was published in the Ontario Gazette on April 23, 2011.
April 21, 2011
Summary of Proposal:
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 on a variety of subject matters, including governing the prescribing or use of drugs by members in the course of engaging in the practice of optometry, setting prohibitions and requirements around the prescribing or use of drugs and specifying the purpose for which, or the circumstances under which, drugs may be prescribed or used, subject to the prior review by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
- In accordance with this authority, the College of Optometrists of Ontario created a new regulation under the Optometry Act, 1991 that identifies the drugs that its members may prescribe, and the purposes, circumstances, requirements, and/or prohibitions under which they may prescribe them.
Contact: Dr. Paula Garshowitz, Assistant Registrar
Address: 6 Crescent Road, 2nd Floor, Toronto ON M4W 1T1
April 5, 2011