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  • Council Meeting Highlights – April 20, 2020

    Published: 2020-04-30

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    COVID-19 FAQ for Optometrists

    Published: 2020-03-17

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    Urgent Care Only – Change to Optometry Care During COVID-19

    Published: 2020-03-16

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    Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Published: 2020-01-30

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    Council Highlights – January 17, 2020

    Published: 2020-01-29

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    Essilor/Clearly Injunction Supreme Court Appeal Update

    Published: 2019-10-17

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    Council Meeting Highlights – September 27, 2019

    Published: 2019-10-10

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    2019 College Council Election Results

    Published: 2019-10-09

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    Proposed Amendments to the Designated Drugs and Standards of Practice Regulation

    Published: 2019-10-02

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    Volunteer with the College

    Published: 2019-09-03

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    Council Elections – Call for Nominations

    Published: 2019-08-23

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    New eLearning Module: Informed Consent

    Published: 2019-07-23

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    Council Meeting Highlights – June 24, 2019

    Published: 2019-07-09

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    Policy Update: Practice Locations – Reporting Requirements

    Published: 2019-07-04

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    Proposed By-Law Amendments – We Want to Hear from You

    Published: 2019-07-03

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    Essilor/Clearly Injunction Update

    Published: 2019-06-07

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    College Welcomes New Registrar

    Published: 2019-06-05

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    Mandatory Self-Reporting

    Published: 2019-05-21

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    Council Meeting Highlights, April 24, 2019

    Published: 2019-05-01

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    100 Years of Optometric Regulation

    Published: 2019-04-25

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    Essilor/Clearly Injunction Appeal Update

    Published: 2019-04-04

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    College of Optometrists of Ontario Registrar Announces Departure

    Published: 2019-03-07

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    2018: Fair Registration Practices Report

    Published: 2019-02-28

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    The College Needs You: Become a College Coach or Expert

    Published: 2019-02-04

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    Council Meeting Highlights, January 18, 2019

    Published: 2019-01-30

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    Information Regarding 2019 OE Tracker Subscription

    Published: 2019-01-28

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    Council Approves NBEO as Alternate Standards Assessment Examination

    Published: 2019-01-22

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    Reporting Health Privacy Breaches

    Published: 2019-01-14

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    Remembering Dr. Irving Baker

    Published: 2018-11-13

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    Member & Stakeholder Consultation – Alternate Entry-to-Practice Examination

    Published: 2018-11-07

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    2018 College Council Election Results

    Published: 2018-10-25

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    Council Meeting Highlights, September 25, 2018

    Published: 2018-10-02

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    College of Optometrists of Ontario 2017 Annual Report

    Published: 2018-09-04
    Our 2017 annual report, with audited financial statements, is now online.

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    Volunteer with the College

    Published: 2018-08-27
    Members – want to have a lasting impact on the health of Ontarians? Want to help guide the profession, share your knowledge, and work with your fellow practitioners? Consider a volunteer opportunity with the College.

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    Call for Nominations: 2018 Council Elections

    Published: 2018-08-27
    Nominations are now being accepted for the upcoming Council election. This election is required under Part 6 of the College by-laws. It will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

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    College response to Competition Bureau

    Published: 2018-07-26
    The College of Optometrists of Ontario has responded to “Bureau encourages online competition in eyewear industry,” an article published July 26, 2018 by Competition Bureau Canada.

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    Council Meeting Highlights, June 21, 2018

    Published: 2018-06-28
    College Council met on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Here are some highlights:

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    Protecting Patients Act – New Regulations Now in Effect 

    Published: 2018-05-03
    When Ontario’s Protecting Patients Act, 2017 was passed into law on May 30, 2017, it made amendments to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA). Several other amendments, however, were yet to be proclaimed and further changes were likely to come given the Minister’s new regulation-making authority.

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    Council Meeting Highlights, April 9, 2018

    Published: 2018-04-13
    College Council met on Monday, April 9, 2018. Here are some highlights:

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    Update: Essilor/Clearly Appeals January 11 Injunction Decision

    Published: 2018-03-23
    Essilor/Clearly has appealed the January 11, 2018 decision of Justice Lederer, which ordered that it may not dispense prescription eyewear in Ontario unless the dispensing is performed by an optometrist, optician, or physician who is licensed to practice in Ontario.

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    Changes To Reporting Requirements In The Highway Traffic Act

    Published: 2018-03-20
    The Highway Traffic Act (HTA) was recently amended to include both mandatory and discretionary reporting for certain health care practitioners, including optometrists.

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    2017: Fair Registration Practices Report

    Published: 2018-03-01
    The College has completed its Fair Registration Practices Report for 2017.

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    Council Meeting Highlights, January 15, 2018

    Published: 2018-01-26
    The College Council met on Monday, January 15, 2018. Here are some highlights:

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    Essilor/Clearly Injunction Update

    Published: 2018-01-12
    A recent application to seek an injunction preventing Essilor/Clearly from unlawfully dispensing prescription eyewear over the internet has been successful. The College of Optometrists and the College of Opticians jointly filed the application in December 2016 and the matter was heard October 11, 2017. Justice Lederer delivered his decision January 11, 2018 in favour of the two regulatory colleges.

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    College of Optometrists of Ontario 2016 Annual Report

    Published: 2017-11-09
    Our 2016 annual report, with audited financial statements, is now online (PDF).

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    Workshop: Improve Your Recordkeeping

    Published: 2017-11-03
    Past College president and past Quality Assurance chair Dr. David White will take you through the art and science of recordkeeping.

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    College Council Election Results

    Published: 2017-10-26
    On Thursday, October 26, an election was held in District 5 – Provincial Electoral District for two positions.

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    Council Meeting Highlights, September 19, 2017

    Published: 2017-09-28
    College Council met on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Here are some highlights:

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    Engaging Patients in Patient Safety

    Published: 2017-08-17
    We know that patients and families have valuable experiences and perspectives to share when it comes to the quality and safety of their care, but engaging in those conversations can be difficult.

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    How to Safely Watch the August 21 Solar Eclipse

    Published: 2017-08-15
    On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will cross much of North America. Many of us will be taking some time to witness this astronomical marvel. But as the Canadian Space Agency reminds us, looking directly at the sun without appropriate protection can lead to serious problems such as partial or complete loss of eyesight.

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    Members: Mandatory eLearning Module Now Online

    Published: 2017-08-14
    This fall, to renew your certificate of registration, you will be required to complete the College’s new elearning module, “Professionalism, Ethical Decision Making and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Patients.”

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    Council Meeting Highlights, June 22, 2017

    Published: 2017-07-04
    College Council met on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Here are some highlights:

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    2016 Financial Statements

    Published: 2017-06-16
    The College’s 2016 financial statements, with audited report, are now online.

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    Notice of Revocation of Certificate of Registration – Alvin John Metzger (a.k.a. John Metzger)

    Published: 2017-06-02
    On May 17, 2017, a Panel of the Discipline Committee of the College of Optometrists of Ontario found Alvin John Metzger (a.k.a. John Metzger) guilty of professional misconduct and ordered the revocation of his certificate of registration, effective immediately.

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    Announcing the new Ontario Health Regulators website

    Published: 2017-05-18

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    Council Meeting Highlights, April 6, 2017

    Published: 2017-04-28
    The College Council met on Monday, April 6, 2017. Here are some highlights:

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    Circulation: A Proposal to Appoint All Public Members to the Discipline Committee

    Published: 2017-04-18
    This proposed by-law amendment would help facilitate the appointment of properly constituted panels for Discipline hearings.

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    Request for Proposals: Alternate Canadian Entry-to-Practice Examination

    Published: 2017-03-24
    The College is inviting proposals from organizations interested in the development and implementation of an alternate Canadian examination to assess entry-level knowledge, skills and judgment of optometric professionals seeking registration to practise optometry in Canada.

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    Fair Registration Practices Report: 2016

    Published: 2017-02-17
    The College has completed its Fair Registration Practices Report for 2016.

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    New Drugs Added to Prescribing List

    Published: 2017-02-06
    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has announced it has expanded the list of drugs that optometrists may prescribe for the treatment of eye and vision conditions.

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    Recirculation: Proposed Amendments to Registration Regulation and College By-laws

    Published: 2017-02-02
    In late fall of last year, the College circulated several proposed amendments to the Registration Regulation and College by-laws:

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    Records: Optometrists and Opticians Working Together

    Published: 2017-01-27
    The College, in collaboration with the College of Opticians of Ontario, has drafted a guide for optometrists and opticians working together in practice.

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    Non-Practising Fee Administration Policy Now Online

    Published: 2017-01-26

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    Council Meeting Highlights, January 16, 2017

    Published: 2017-01-24
    The College Council met on Monday, January 16, 2017. Here are some highlights:

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    Colleges Seek Injunction Against Essilor Group of Canada Inc./Clearly

    Published: 2016-12-14

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    Changes to how patients who receive social assistance will access coverage for eye exams

    Published: 2016-12-01
    Effective December 1, 2016, most patients receiving social assistance (ODSP or OW) will no longer be issued a paper drug card as proof of social assistance eligibility.

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    Join Us at the Annual Town Hall Meeting

    Published: 2016-11-01

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    College of Optometrists of Ontario 2015 Annual Report

    Published: 2016-10-31

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    What to Expect During an Optometric Exam

    Published: 2016-10-11
    “What to Expect During an Optometric Exam,” a resource guide for patients, is available now on the College website.

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    Comments Requested on Proposed Amendments to Registration Regulation and College By-laws

    Published: 2016-10-06
    At its September meeting, Council approved for circulation proposed amendments to the Registration Regulation and College by-laws.

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    Council Meeting Highlights, September 21, 2016

    Published: 2016-10-03
    College Council met on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Here are some highlights:

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    Council Positions for 2017 Filled by Acclamation

    Published: 2016-09-29
    Nominations for this year’s Council elections closed on September 27, 2016. The College received one nomination for each of four available positions.

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    Call for Nominations: 2017 Council Elections

    Published: 2016-09-20

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    Council Meeting Highlights, June 20, 2016

    Published: 2016-07-07
    College Council met on Monday, June 20, 2016. Here are some highlights:

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    Recirculation: Proposed Amendments to the Optometry Act, Designated Drugs and Standards of Practice Regulation, and Controlled Acts

    Published: 2016-06-23
    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.
    Click here to read the circulation document and supporting material.

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    Council Meeting Highlights, April 20, 2016

    Published: 2016-05-03
    College Council met on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Here are some highlights:

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    Council Meeting Highlights, January 20, 2016

    Published: 2016-02-02
    College Council met on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Here are some highlights:

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    New Registration Policy Approved: Non-Practising Members

    Published: 2016-01-26
    Council approved a new Registration policy that clarifies the process by which members can change their registration status from practising to non-practising, or vice-versa, for fixed or indefinite periods of time.

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    College Council Election Results

    Published: 2015-11-02
    Council will welcome two new members and two returning members in 2016.

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    Council Meeting Highlights, September 30, 2015

    Published: 2015-10-13
    The College Council met on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Here are some highlights:

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    Registration Policy: Non-Practising Status

    Published: 2015-10-06
    The purpose of this policy is to establish a fair process for members who are not practising in Ontario, but wish to maintain their registration with the College, while ensuring the delivery of the highest quality of eye care in the public interest.

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    By-Law Proposal Consultation – CE Audit Fee

    Published: 2015-10-06
    The College seeks your input on a proposed by-law change that would amend the Schedule of Fees to include a fee for a Continuing Education (CE) deficiency audit by the Quality Assurance Committee for members who misreport their total number of CE hours to the College.

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    Call for Nominations: 2016 Council Elections

    Published: 2015-09-03
    Nominations will now be accepted for the upcoming Council election. This election is required under Part 6 of the College by-laws. It will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The three-year term of the newly elected councillors will begin on January 20, 2016, at the first regular Council meeting following the election.

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    College of Optometrists of Ontario 2014 Annual Report

    Published: 2015-08-04
    Our 2014 annual report, with audited financial statements, is now online (PDF). 

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    Council Meeting Highlights, June 18, 2015

    Published: 2015-07-02
    The College Council met on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Here are some highlights:

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    By-law Consultation — Transparency Project, Phase Two

    Published: 2015-06-29
    At its June meeting, Council approved for circulation proposed amendments to Part 18 of the College by-laws. If passed by Council, these amendments will allow certain additional information about College members to be posted to the public register.
    Click here to read the circulation document and supporting material.

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    Council Meeting Highlights, April 8, 2015

    Published: 2015-04-17
    The College Council met on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Here are some highlights:

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    Fair Registration Practices Report: 2014

    Published: 2015-03-02
    The College has completed its Fair Registration Practices Report for 2014. Click here to read the report.

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    Council Meeting Highlights, January 16, 2015

    Published: 2015-01-26
    The College Council met on Friday, January 16, 2015. Here are some highlights:

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    Court issues decision on refraction and remote prescribing

    Published: 2015-01-22
    James McLean brought a Court application asking a judge to determine whether his proposed business model to provide local sight tests and using an Alberta-based ophthalmologist to sign the “prescriptions” was lawful. The Attorney General of Ontario, joined by the College of Opticians of Ontario along with this College argued that Mr. McLean could not do so. On January 5, 2015, the judge agreed.
    Click here to read the decision.

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    In Focus, January 2015

    Published: 2015-01-14
    The latest issue of our newsletter is now available.

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    New Continuing Education Policy Approved

    Published: 2014-12-22
    Council has approved a new Continuing Education Policy for the upcoming CE cycle of January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017.

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    The College Outlines Transparency Initiatives

    Published: 2014-12-01
    The College of Optometrists of Ontario today released its report to the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, regarding recent transparency initiatives.

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    College Council Election Results

    Published: 2014-11-03
    On October 31, 2014, elections were held for two positions on Council in District 5, the Provincial Electoral District.
    The ballots have been counted and results are in. Congratulations to Dr. Pooya Hemami and Dr. Marta Witer, who have been elected to Council for a three-year term.

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    By-law Consultation — Transparency Project, Phase One

    Published: 2014-10-22
    At its September 17 meeting, Council approved for circulation amendments to College by-laws that will increase the transparency of the regulatory process by making additional information about its members available on the public register.
    Click here to read the circulation document and supporting material.

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    Quality Assurance (QA) Regulation Proposal

    Published: 2014-10-22
    On September 17, Council approved for circulation a new QA Regulation that would allow more flexibility in the definition and process of practice assessments and make it consistent with the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) and the new Registration Regulation under the Optometry Act.
    Click here to read the circulation document and explanatory material.

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    Council Meeting Highlights, September 17, 2014

    Published: 2014-09-24
    The Council of the College of Optometrists of Ontario met on September 17, 2014. Here are some highlights: 

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    College of Optometrists of Ontario 2013 Annual Report

    Published: 2014-08-29
    Our 2013 annual report, with audited financial statements, is now online (PDF). 

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    Proposed Regulation – Spousal Exception

    Published: 2014-07-02
    On June 6, 2014, the College of Optometrists of Ontario’s Council approved for circulation to members and stakeholders a proposed regulation to create an exception that would allow optometrists to treat their spouses.
    Click here to read the proposed regulation and accompanying guidelines.

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    Proposed Change to the Schedule of Fees and Penalties of the College By-Laws

    Published: 2014-07-02
    The College is required to circulate to members, for 60 days prior to Council approval, any by-law related to fees a member is required to pay to the College.
    Click here to read the circulation document.

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    Council Meeting Highlights, June 6, 2014

    Published: 2014-06-22
    The Council of the College of Optometrists of Ontario met on June 6, 2014. Here are some highlights: 

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    Accessibility Standard for Customer Service

    Published: 2014-06-12
    Click here to read the document

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    Spectacle Therapy Using the Internet – New Guidelines Approved

    Published: 2014-06-11
    Click here to read the document.

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    New Guidelines for Independent Contractors

    Published: 2014-06-11
    Click here to read the document.

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    Council Meeting Highlights, April 7, 2014

    Published: 2014-04-14
    The College Council met at the new College office on Monday, April 7, 2014. Here are some highlights:

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    In Focus, Spring 2014

    Published: 2014-03-28
    The latest issue of our newsletter is now available.

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    New Professional Misconduct Regulation

    Published: 2014-03-03
    On April 15, 2014, the new Professional Misconduct Regulation, including modernized conflict-of-interest provisions, came into force. The College has prepared guidelines to assist members in their review and understanding of the updated regulation.

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    New Professional Misconduct Regulation, Including Conflict-of-Interest Provisions, Effective April 15 2014

    Published: 2014-02-19
    Special Announcement

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    College’s new address effective February 24th

    Published: 2014-02-05
    The College of Optometrists of Ontario is on the move. Effective Monday, February 24, 2014, the College’s new address is:
    65 St. Clair Ave. E., Suite 900, Toronto, Ontario M4T 2Y3

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    Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Social Media by Optometrists

    Published: 2014-02-03
    With the advent of social media, optometrists have many new means of communicating with their patients and the public.There are many examples of social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linkedin, blogging sites, etc.

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    Partnership in Vision Care

    Published: 2014-02-03
    The College of Optometrists of Ontario believes that you and your optometrist should work together in order to maintain your optimum eye care.

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    Council Meeting Highlights, January 17, 2014

    Published: 2014-01-31
    The College Council met on Friday, January 17, 2014. Here are some highlights: 

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    Pause Before You Post: Social Media Awareness for Regulated Healthcare Professionals

    Published: 2013-12-05
    The College of Optometrists of Ontario is pleased to present the following e-learning module:

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    A scary fact: Halloween contact lenses can lead to irreversible vision loss

    Published: 2013-10-25

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    New Partnership in Vision Care document approved

    Published: 2013-10-20
    Click here to read the document

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    New Social Media Guidelines approved

    Published: 2013-09-20
    Click here to read the document

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    College of Optometrists of Ontario successfully obtains court order prohibiting illegal practice in Vaughan

    Published: 2013-08-06
    The College of Optometrists of Ontario successfully obtained an injunction on May 30 2013 prohibiting Tony Frisoli,

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    Updated OPR and Anti-Discrimination Policy Guidelines in Effect

    Published: 2013-05-03
    The College has updated several documents in the Optometric Practice Reference (OPR).

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    Election of 2013 Council Officers

    Published: 2013-02-26
    The following officers were elected at the January 14, 2013 Council meeting:

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    Circulation Documents: Proposed Additions to Drug List

    Published: 2013-02-01
    Click here to read the document

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    New College Fees on Nov 1st, 2012

    Published: 2012-10-14
    New College fees come into effect on Nov. 1, 2012, and can be found here.

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    Press release: new Registration Regulation

    Published: 2012-09-17
    Here is a press release associated with the College’s new registration regulation which came into effect on Sept. 14, 2012.

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    College’s response to IOBP Review

    Published: 2012-07-31
    Letter to Drs Turnour and Spafford, IOBP Review

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    Press Release: College Responds to Marketplace Investigation

    Published: 2012-02-24
    Responds to Marketplace Investigation on Eyewear Sector 

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    TPA Policy: New Information and Course Availability

    Published: 2012-02-22
    Below is the College’s Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents Policy: Educational Requirements for Members to Prescribe Drugs (TPA Education Policy)

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    Circulation of Proposed By-Laws

    Published: 2012-01-26
    Click here to read the document

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    Proposed Amendments to Existing Registration Regulation

    Published: 2012-01-19
    Circulation Memo
    Feedback Form

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    Registration Regulation Proposed Amendments

    Published: 2011-05-18
    In October 2010, the College circulated a proposed Registration Regulation to members and other stakeholders for feedback.

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    New Registration Policies

    Published: 2011-05-16
    The College has submitted a proposed Registration Regulation to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).

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    Designated Drugs Regulation

    Published: 2011-04-06
    The regulation that designates the drugs that optometrists are authorized to prescribe has been approved by an Order in Council of the Government of Ontario.

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    Proposed Professional Misconduct & Conflict of Interest Regulation with Explanation for Amendments

    Published: 2011-02-24
    The proposed regulation will replace any previously circulated document and contains some significant changes.

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    Appointment of Interim Registrar

    Published: 2010-11-15
    Memorandum

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    Bergez Sentencing Announced

    Published: 2010-10-01
    The Honourable Mr. Justice J. Turnbull of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario announced his decision today with respect to penalty in the Great Glasses case.

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    College Registrar speaks out against ‘circle’ lenses trend and online dispensing

    Published: 2010-07-13
    On July 13, 2010, the Toronto Sun published an op ed piece by the College Registrar speaking out against the current trend for teenage girls to use ‘circle’ lenses

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    College in Court with a Motion to close Great Glasses stores across Ontario

    Published: 2010-06-30
    July 5, 2010 – Lawyers for the College of Optometrists of Ontario were back in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice arguing a motion to close the Great Glasses stores across Ontario.

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    College suggests Tips for Improving Cross Cultural Communication

    Published: 2010-05-07
    Click here to read the document

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    College responds to HPRAC Review

    Published: 2010-01-28
    The Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council is reviewing inter-professional collaboration among health professions in the eye care sector in order to

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    Pandemic Advisory: Pandemic Planning for Optometrists

    Published: 2009-11-15
    The College of Optometrist of Ontario is committed to assisting members to care for their patients and themselves in the event of a pandemic.

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