Referral from the Registrar

Members who have been referred by the Registrar for not meeting the conditions for maintaining their Certificate of Registration go through a similar practice assessment process as members who are identified through random sampling.

Continuing Education Hours Deficiency

Members deficient by five CE credit hours or less undergo a five-record Short Record Assessment according to the College’s Schedule of Fees and Penalties.

Members deficient by more than five CE credit hours or less undergo a 25-record Short Record Assessment according to the College’s Schedule of Fees and Penalties.

Direct Patient Contact Hours Deficiency

If a practising member fails to meet the practice hour requirement, the member will be referred to the Quality Assurance Committee for a practice assessment or practice evaluation, depending on the number of practice hours the member provided in the last three-year period.

Specifically:

  1. If the member has provided less than 750 hours of direct optometric care to patients in Canada in the last three years the member will be required to successfully complete a practice assessment at their own cost.
  2. If the member has not provided any hours of direct optometric care to patients in Canada in the last three years or is unable to complete a practice assessment, the member will be required to successfully complete a practice evaluation at their own cost and comply with any orders of the Quality Assurance Committee.
  3. If the member has provided less than 750 hours or has not provided any hours of direct optometric care to patients in Canada in the last 3 years, the member may request to change their status to non-practising in accordance with the Non-Practising Status Policy.