As set out in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, Section 80.1, the Quality Assurance (QA) Program for all colleges must include the following:
- continuing education or professional development,
- self, peer, and practice assessment, and
- a mechanism for the College to monitor registrants’ participation in, and compliance with, the quality assurance programs.
The expectation is that optometrists in Ontario are competent professionals who continually upgrade their knowledge and skills to meet the demands of changing practice environments and patients’ needs. The QA Program is intended to be supportive and helpful to members, it is not punitive in nature.
The College’s QA Program consists of:
- A mandatory Continuing Education component.
- An assessment component to evaluate a member’s clinical ability.
- An evaluation component to assist a member in correcting any deficiencies in the member’s practice or clinical ability.
- A remedial component to assist a member in correcting any deficiencies in the member’s practice or clinical ability.
- A component to assist in appraising the practice or evaluating the clinical ability of an member by the Registrar.
- A component to obtain information from members to assist the Committee in carrying out the program’s objectives.