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Mandatory Self-Reporting

Regulated health professionals in Ontario must report to their college certain information that is pertinent to the conditions of their registration. Such information includes criminal charges, registration with regulators in jurisdictions other than Ontario, and any findings of guilt, professional negligence, or malpractice. These reports do not constitute a finding of professional misconduct, incapacity, or…more

Council Meeting Highlights, April 24, 2019

he College Council met on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Here are some highlights: Welcome to Council Council welcomed two new public members: Howard Kennedy and Narendra Shah. In addition, Council appointed Mr. Shah to the Discipline Committee. By-election Results District 6-Academic representative, Dr. Patricia Hrynchak informed the College that she would be resigning from her…more

100 Years of Optometric Regulation

This year, the College of Optometrists of Ontario is celebrating 100 years of optometric regulation. The profession has seen significant growth over that time, both in numbers (from the first four optometrist to register to the now more than 2500) and in professional practice. One thing that has not changed is our vision: to ensure…more

Essilor/Clearly Injunction Appeal Update

In an effort to protect Ontario patients, the College of Optometrists of Ontario and the College of Opticians of Ontario initiated a legal proceeding against Essilor Group of Canada Inc./Clearly. The Colleges sought an injunction that would prohibit Clearly from dispensing prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses online to the Ontario public, without following Ontario legislation….more

Optometric Practice Reference (OPR) Updates – January 2019

The OPR has been updated to reflect amendments approved by Council at its January meeting and is now posted on the College website. In addition to the removal of the Clinical Practice Guidelines, the following OPR sections have been amended: 4.3 Delegation and Assignment – An exception has been added under the subtitle ‘Research Conducted…more

College of Optometrists of Ontario Registrar Announces Departure

Dr. Paula Garshowitz announces she will be departing from her role as Registrar of the College of Optometrists of Ontario this summer. Dr. Pooya Hemami, President of the College said, “The College expresses its immense gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Garshowitz for her dedication to serving the public interest, and for her principled and effective…more

The College Needs You: Become a College Coach or Expert

Consider volunteering with the College as a Coach or Expert.  Share your knowledge and expertise, and work with your fellow practitioners, while making a lasting impact on the vision and eye health of Ontarians. WHY APPLY? There are many benefits to becoming a College Coach or Expert. You will broaden your professional horizons and you…more

Council Meeting Highlights, January 18, 2019

The College Council met on Friday, January 18, 2019. Here are some highlights: Executive Committee Election Council elected three officers to its 2019 Executive Committee: Dr. Pooya Hemami, President Dr. Richard Kniaziew, Vice President Dr. Patrick Quaid, Treasurer in addition to two public members who comprise the balance of the committee: Brian Rivait John Van…more

Information Regarding 2019 OE Tracker Subscription

Members may have received a notification to pay for their 2019 OE Tracker subscription fee or may currently be unable to access their OE Tracker account. Please disregard this message and do not make any payments to ARBO. Access to the accounts of any current members currently experiencing a service disruption will be resolved shortly….more