Proposed Amendments to the Optometry Act, Designated Drugs and Standards of Practice Regulation, and Controlled Acts
The Clinical Practice Panel of the Quality Assurance Committee has proposed amendments to the Optometry Act, Designated Drugs and Standards of Practice Regulation, and Controlled Acts. The proposed amendments would give optometrists the authority to prescribe all topical and oral drugs that are within the scope of practice of the profession. They would also allow optometrists to remove superficial foreign bodies from below the surface of the cornea, to dispense drugs for the sole purpose of trialling a therapy, and to specify diagnostic ultrasound as a prescribed form of energy for the performance of corneal pachymetry or ocular ultrasonography. The proposals will be circulated for 60 days for comment from members.
- Read the summary of proposed regulation amendments (PDF).
- Read the proposed amendments to the Optometry Act (PDF).
- Read the proposed amendments to the Designated Drugs Regulation (PDF).
- Read the proposed amendments to Controlled Acts (PDF).
The College invites and welcomes your input on these proposed by-law changes. Council will carefully consider all comments received before making final decisions on these proposals. Please send them by email, fax, post, or survey (link sent directly to members of the College).
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