THE BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY
Province of British Columbia
Reissued as revised
PART 1 - GENERAL
1. In these rules unless the context otherwise requires "ACT" means the OPTOMETRISTS ACT;
“annual licence” means the certificate issued by the Board to a member certifying that s/he has
paid to the Board the annual fee prescribed by the Rules;
“applicant for examination” means a person applying to the Board to be examined pursuant to the
“Association” means the British Columbia Association of Optometrists;
“Board” means the Board of Examiners in Optometry as defined in Section 9 of the Act;
“Chairperson/Chair” means the Chair of the Board;
“member” means a person holding a certificate of registration registered in the office of the
Secretary and an annual licence for the current calendar year; where the circumstances in context
may require, an optometric corporation licensed for the current year by the Board to practise
optometry in British Columbia.
“registration” means registration under the Act;
“Rules” means the Rules made under the Act;
“Optometrist” means a person registered under the Optometrists Act.
“Secretary” means the Secretary-Treasurer to the Board.
2. The Board shall annually elect one of its members to be its Chair. The Chair shall hold office until
a successor is elected, unless sooner removed by death, resignation, or a vote of a majority of the
members of the Board. In the event of death, resignation or removal, following such vacancy, the
Secretary shall declare the Chair vacant and conduct an election from the members of the Board for
a successor. The Chair shall preside at all meetings of the Board and shall jointly with the
Secretary-Treasurer sign the Minutes of Meetings. The Chair shall also jointly with such other
members of the Board and other persons of the Board may from time to time direct, jointly sign
cheques an vouchers for the conduct of the business of the Board.
In the temporary absence of the Chair, the Chair may designate a temporary alternative, or failing
such designation by the Chair, the Board may elect an alternative during the period of the absence."
3.1 The Board shall elect a Secretary who shall hold office at the pleasure of the Board. The Secretary
shall keep confidential the record or minutes of the meeting or proceedings of the Board and shall
not permit access thereto except:
a. to a member of the Board;
b. to the staff of the Board;
c. as may otherwise be directed by the Board; or
d. as may be required by law.
3.2 The Secretary shall prepare and conduct all necessary correspondence, certificates and other
documents required and appertaining to the business of the Board, make up and keep a list of the
members which shall be known as the Register, a copy of which shall be mailed to each member
3.3 For the conduct of its business, the Board may hire an executive assistant and such other staff as the
Board may determine reasonable and necessary, from time to time. The Secretary-Treasurer may
delegate to the executive assistant, the preparation of correspondence, certificates and other
documents and the maintenance of the record or minutes of the meeting or proceedings of the Board
as well as providing a proper storage therefor. The executive assistant shall provide a bond as may
be required by and to the satisfaction of the Board for the true and faithful performance of the
executive assistant's duties in such amount as the Board may require. The expense of the bond, if
required, shall be paid from the funds of the Board. The executive assistant shall be the custodian
of the funds of the Board and shall deposit the same promptly when received to the credit of and in
the name of the Board in such chartered bank as may be designated by the Board. The executive
assistant shall perform such other duties as may be required by the Board or the Secretary.
4. The Board shall meet from time to time at the call of the Chair or upon the request of three
members of the Board. Seventy-two hours notice of each meeting shall be given by the executive
assistant or in his/her absence, by the Chair. It shall not be necessary to give notice of a meeting
of the Board to any member of the Board absent from the Province.
5. A majority of the Board shall form a quorum.
6. Voting shall be by show of hands unless any member of the Board shall call for a vote by ballot,
in which case voting shall be by ballot.
7. A written resolution signed by all members of the Board shall be valid and binding and of the
same effect as if such resolution had been duly passed at a meeting of the Board.
8. The business to be conducted by the Board at its meetings and the order of such business shall be
determined by the Chair or alternatively, in the absence of the Chair, as may be approved by the
Board as the first item of business at such meeting.
9. The funds of the Board shall be paid out of the bank account of the Board by cheques signed by any
two of the Chair, the Secretary and such other persons authorized by resolution of the Board.
10. Funds of the Board shall be disbursed only for such purposes as may be authorized by resolution
of the Board.
11. The Board shall appoint a Chartered Accountant who shall be the auditor and shall audit the
financial statement submitted to him/her by the Secretary immediately after the end of each
calendar year. When the statement shall have been certified by the auditor in writing, the
Secretary shall mail a copy thereof to each member by prepaid post not later than the tenth day of
April in each year.
12.1 Every applicant for examination shall have successfully completed a course in optometry at an
accredited school of optometry approved by the Board.
12.2 No optometrist shall be entitled to renewal of his/her annual licence in any calendar year unless
s/he has filed with the Board, together with his/her application for annual licence, proof in a form
satisfactory to the Board of having completed not less than the minimum number of hours of
approved continuing optometric education required by the published resolution of the Board in
force at the commencement of the annual licence for the preceding year. In the event that an
optometrist shall not have completed the minimum hours of required continuing optometric
education by December 31 in a year, upon payment of an additional fee of $500.00, the
optometrist (if otherwise being entitled to an annual licence for the ensuing year) shall be issued
a temporary licence valid until February 28 in the ensuing year. Provided the optometrist shall
fulfil the required period of continuing optometric education by February 28 of that year, upon
payment of the regular annual licence fee and any delay charges that may be assessed, the
optometrist shall be entitled to issuance of an annual licence for the balance of such year. Upon
the written application of an optometrist, in its absolute discretion, the Board may exempt the
optometrist from the requirements of continuing optometric education upon such terms as it may
12.3 The Board shall determine by ordinary resolution, annually, the required minimum attendance at
approved continuing optometric education to be a condition of annual renewal of licence; and
shall publish the same by written notice separately or contained in a newsletter or other
publications circulated to all members on or before the commencement date for an annual licence
year. In the event that such publication shall not be made by the Board, the last-published
requirements shall continue in full force and effect.
12.4 For the purposes of these Rules, an approved course of continuing optometric education shall
mean any course of theoretical, practical or other instruction offered to members of the
profession which has been designated as approved by ordinary resolution of the Board.
13.1 Every holder of a certificate of registration who has not practised optometry personally or by
means of the regular practice of an optometric corporation for a period of five years immediately
preceding his/her application for an annual licence shall, before receiving his/her annual licence,
make application for examination and take and pass the examinations provided for in these
13.2 In the event that a holder of a Certificate of Registration has failed to pay his/her annual licence
fee, whether resident or non-resident, by the 31st day of March of any licence year, then the
Certificate of Registration shall automatically terminate, without further notice to the Certificate
holder and the Board of Examiners shall record the termination of the registration upon the
Register. Forthwith after termination, the Secretary to the Board of Examiners shall deliver
notice in writing by ordinary mail to the Optometrist of the termination of his/her registration. In
the event that a holder of a certificate of registration has failed to renew his annual licence by
payment of the annual licence fee by the 31st day of December preceding the licence year, then in
addition to the said annual licence fee, the holder shall be required to pay such additional delay
charges as may be determined by ordinary resolution of the Board from time to time. In the event
that the holder of a certificate of registration has failed to renew his annual licence by payment of
the annual licence fee before the 28th day of February of the licence year, then the certificate of
registration will be suspended until payment of the licence fee and the delay charges as may be
assessed until the 31st day of March of such year at which time the certificate of registration shall
automatically terminate, if the said annual fee and any assessed delay charges shall remain unpaid.
The Board shall give notice of a suspension of licence by reason of the failure to renew the same by
the 28th day of February of the licence year, but the suspension shall be automatic and shall take
effect on the day next following the 28th day of February whether or not such notice has been
received by the member.
14. The Board shall from time to time, determine a protocol for examination of applicants. A copy of
the protocol shall be given to an intended applicant for examination upon the applicant’s request to
the Secretary in writing.
15. Every applicant for examination shall file with the Secretary an application in the form approved
by the Board, as shown in Schedule 'B", together with a copy of his/her certificate of birth,
evidence of his/her graduation from a school of optometry or university approved by the Board, a
photograph of him/herself taken within the two years immediately preceding his/her application,
and the prescribed fee. In the event an applicant for examination shall file with the Secretary an
application form which is incomplete, the Secretary shall not accept the same and the applicant
shall not be entitled to sit the examinations until such time as the application from has been fully
completed and accepted by the Secretary.
16. The Board shall hold examinations based on the syllabi at least once each year, provided there
are applicants for examination, on the date, hour and place fixed by the Board.
17. Examination papers shall be set by the examiners appointed by the Board and shall be approved,
by the Board.
18. A member of the Board shall not preside, nor be present, at a written examination, but may with
the approval of the Board, conduct a practical examination.
19. The Board shall designate a proctor for the conduct of examinations. Every applicant shall place
upon the applicant’s examination paper a number allotted to the applicant by the proctor and no
other identifying mark shall be used.
20. The Board shall evaluate the marks obtained by each candidate having sat the examinations.
21. An applicant who has obtained a requisite grade in a subject as determined by the examiner to
apply to that subject shall be deemed to have passed in that subject; and an applicant passing in
all subjects shall be deemed to have passed his/her examinations.
22. An applicant who has obtained less than the requisite grade in not more than one area of
examination shall be permitted to take supplementary examination upon the area in which the
applicant failed to pass. Such applicant shall present to be re-examined at such time and place as
the Board may determine. An applicant obtaining a passing grade in such supplemental
examination shall be deemed to have passed the examinations. An applicant failing more than one
area of examination shall be permitted to rewrite the Board’s examinations as if having failed a
In the event that an applicant does not obtain a passing grade in the supplemental examination, the
applicant shall be permitted to rewrite the full set of the Board’s examinations. Any applicant who
fails to pass the examinations rewritten pursuant to this Rule shall not be allowed to rewrite the
examinations again except on the express resolution of the Board, in its absolute discretion.
23. The Board shall issue to each applicant who has satisfied the Board’s requirements for
registration, paid the prescribed fees, passed the Jurisprudence examination and who is not
otherwise unqualified for examination, with a Certificate of Registration in the form shown in
Schedule “C” attached hereto.
It shall be a condition of qualification for registration, that the applicant has
a) successfully completed the Canadian national optometry board examinations
(Canadian Standard Assessment in Optometry - CSAO) or
b) if having graduated before 1995 and not having written the CSAO;
- has graduated from an accredited school of optometry
- has an O.D. degree,
- has passed a qualifying board examination set by a Canadian provincial
optometric licensing authority,
- holds a license to practice in a Canadian province,
- has satisfied all the required continuing education and re-licensure
requirements of that province,
- has been a member in good standing of that province and still remains so at the
time of application,
- has been continuously engaged in the practice of optometry, up to and
including the date of application.
24.1 The Secretary shall issue to each optometrist subject to compliance with Rules 12.2, 13.1 and
13.2, upon the payment of the prescribed fee, an annual licence in the form shown in Schedule
“D” attached hereto.
24.2 The Secretary shall issue to each optometric corporation, subject to compliance with Rules 67
through 76, upon the payment of the prescribed fee, an annual permit in the form shown in
25.1 The Board may establish such committees as it, in its absolute discretion, from time to time
determines necessary for the proper conduct of the Board's business. The Board shall, whether or
not establishing any other committees, annually establish a Disciplinary Committee, a Quality
Assurance Committee, and designate one of its members to be Registrar.
25.2 The Chair shall appoint the Chair of each and every committee and at the direction of the Board
designate the Registrar pursuant to this Rule, and such Chair shall, in the absence of the
appointment of any other members of the committee, constitute the Committee.
25.3 The Chair of any committee appointed pursuant to these Rules may appoint to the committee any
member of the Board or any other member of the British Columbia Association of Optometrists,
provided that such person consents to the appointment.
25.4 Except as may be specifically provided in these Rules, each committee established by the Board
may establish its owns rules of procedure and conduct provided that each committee shall be
required to report to each meeting of the Board the activities and status of the committee since the
last report to the Board.
25.5 In addition to any other business of the Quality Assurance Committee, it shall establish and
maintain a patient relations programme to seek to prevent professional misconduct of a sexual
PART 2 - CONDUCT
26. These Rules shall be followed by the members and enforced by the Board for the purpose of
maintaining and upholding the honour, integrity and reputation of the profession of optometry
and the Association and its members, for the purpose of maintaining and upholding the
professional standards of the profession and its practitioners, and for the purpose of protecting
the interests of the public. The Board shall interpret, rule upon, and enforce the provisions of the
Act and these Rules in furtherance of these purposes. Without limiting or altering the generality
of the foregoing, it shall be an act of professional misconduct deemed in violation of this Rule if
a member, having been assessed any penalty pursuant to proceedings under these Rules, shall
fail to pay or perform the penalty within the time specified by the Board in accordance with any
time limit therefor imposed by the Board in assessing the penalty.
26.1 Every member shall maintain and uphold the honour of every member of the profession of
optometry, including the member, in the conduct of the member’s practice and otherwise, as may
affect such honour and reputation, and refrain from such conduct which appears to, tends to, or
shall in fact bring the profession or any of its members, including the member, into disrepute.
27. Every member shall adhere to and maintain the Code of Ethics of the Association shown and
attached hereto as part of these Rules as Schedule "E".
28. No member shall charge a fee that is exorbitant or unreasonable, in the opinion of the Board, for
materials or services supplied by him to or for any person in the practice of optometry, including
the dispensing function. In consideration of whether or not any such fee or charge is exorbitant
or unreasonable, the Board may consider the fees that are charged by other members for like
materials or services.
29. It shall be unprofessional conduct for a member to carry on the practice of optometry in an
incompetent manner if so determined by the Board. In order to determine whether or not a
member may be practising or have practised in an incompetent manner, the Board may make a
finding of incompetence upon such grounds as satisfy it that the professional care provided by
the member to his/her patients or to the public has caused or causes risk, without restricting the
generality whereof including:
(a) evidence of a consistent pattern of complaints in respect of the professional care
provided by the member;
(b) failure of the member to maintain his/her practice in accordance with the standards of the
(c) any incident that, in the opinion of the Board, presents or presented significant risk to the
health of a patient or patients of the member or of the public.
30. No member shall conduct himself in connection with the profession, the Association, or its
members, or the practice of optometry in a state of inebriety or substance abuse, nor with fraud
or misrepresentation, whether or not a breach of the Act or these Rules.
31. Except as may specifically be provided in the Act, no member shall use, imply or assume, with
respect to the members’ practice of Optometry, any title or expression which in the opinion of
the Board may be misleading or deceptive. No member may use, imply or assume, with respect
to the members’ practice of Optometry, any description other than “Optometrist” or “Doctor of
Optometry,” except as the Board may approve in respect of the practice by an Optometric
Corporation. For greater certainty, where a member may be entitled to use the title “Doctor” the
member may use an abbreviation thereof. A member shall only use a clinic name that has been
approved by the Board. A clinic name, for use by a member, or group of members, shall include
the word “Optometrist” or derivatives of the word sufficient to reasonably convey to members of
the public that the office or clinic provides professional optometric services under the provisions
of the Act.
33. In publishing or communicating any information about their practice or qualifications, members
(a) Exaggerate, be false, inaccurate, misleading or be reasonably capable of being
(b) Make statements that are contrary to the interest of the public, offensive, other than in good
taste, or contrary to the honor and dignity of the profession;
(c) Imply that they can obtain results from treatment not achievable by other members or create
an unjustified expectation from the member’s treatment;
(d) Compare or contrast the quality of their services with those provided by another member or
deprecate the services of another member, or
(e) Otherwise conduct themselves unprofessionally or contravene the Code of Ethics.
34. No member shall display or permit to be displayed his/her licence, diploma or certificates in any
manner that permits them to be seen and read from the outside of his/her office. No member
shall display merchandise, ophthalmic materials or promotional items in the window in such a
way that, in the Board’s opinion, a member of the public may be led to believe that the location
was for the provision of services other than the primary practice of optometry. Nothing in these
Rules shall be deemed to be a prohibition of a member from disclosing the member’s place of
practice to the public, including notification to the public of the qualifications of the optometrist
as may otherwise be permitted in the Act and these Rules, and further, nothing herein shall be
deemed to prohibit a member from indicating areas of interest in practice, hours of practice, and
membership in professional associations.
35. No member shall unreasonably make a representation that the member holds a special, peculiar
or particular skill or technique which asserts the member’s optometric practice to be superior or
more effective than that of other members. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a member may
publish or communicate in a manner approved by the Board that the member restricts the
member’s practice of optometry to certain areas of practice only.
36. Where a publication or communication made by another party contains the name, address,
telephone number, place of practice or other identification of a member, the member shall be
presumed, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, to have authorized or have participated in
the making of the publication or communication. Where the Board, after consideration of any
evidence provided by the member, determines that a member is connected with or participating
in a publication or communication that is contrary to these Rules, the Board may, in addition to
and not otherwise limiting any other disciplinary proceedings, require the member to take steps
satisfactory to the Board to disassociate the member from the publication or communication.
37.1 Every member in practice shall have and maintain a definite place of practice within British
Columbia, readily accessible to the member’s patients and permitting access to the member for
37.2 Every practice location shall be a separate and discrete office or suite of offices, that includes all
services and facilities, and are sufficiently equipped and appropriate to provide professional
optometric services to the member’s patients.
37.3 Every practice location shall be accessible to the member and his staff and to the member’s
patients by independent and direct telephone services to the optometric practice and have a
discrete and secure mail delivery address.
37.4 Every practice location shall have a secure facility for the private and confidential storage of
patient records and medical information, including all financial dealings with the member’s
patients connected with the practice, which records shall be maintained confidential and
accessible only to the member, the member’s staff or the lawful representative of the Board or
the Board as otherwise provided in these Rules and the Act. Such locations shall also provide a
secure facility for the storage of drugs and other optometric supplies.
37.5 Every practice location shall be under the control and supervision of an Optometrist or otherwise
as may be previously approved by the Board, such as in the case of a management firm or
optometric corporation under the control of the member. No member shall permit any other
person to deal with the member's patients in connection with the member’s professional services
to the patient unless authorized by the member.
37.6 Every member shall advise the Board in writing of the address of each practice location and
office used by the member in the practice of optometry. In the event of a change in location or
office or the termination of the practice at any location, the member shall notify the Board in
writing at the first opportunity of the intended change or termination of practice. The member’s
formal address of records for the Board shall be one of the addresses of practice locations or
offices of the member, identified by the member as such in the member’s written advice to the
Board of such locations. In the event that the member shall fail to designate one of the member’s
addresses as the formal address, the first listed of the member’s current addresses shall be
deemed to have been selected by the member as such formal address.
37.7 No member shall have a practice location unless the member personally supplies optometric
services to the member’s patients at such location, and in any event, except as provided in these
Rules, no member shall have more than four practice locations within the province. No member
shall publish or post the member’s name as practicing at a practice location, unless the member
actually and personally provides optometric services to the member’s patients at such location.
37.8 Notwithstanding the foregoing, where on application to the Board, a member may satisfy the
Board that by reason of the rural nature of the member’s intended practice, the member should be
exempted from any of the provisions of this Rule, the Board may so exempt the member and set
special terms for the member’s practice location requirements, reasonably consistent with the
spirit and intent of this Rule to secure confidential, private and professional optometric services
to the public.
38. Every member in practice shall conduct and perform the necessary procedures and record the
findings made that effectively appraise the oculo-visual status of the member's patient. Such
examination shall be in accordance with and meet the minimum standards as determined by the
Board set forth in the guidelines which are attached to these Rules and comprise Schedule “F” to
these Rules, as may be amended by the Board from time to time.
39.1 Not approved
39.2 A member shall retain records of commercial dealings with respect to the member’s practise of
optometry at all times during the continuation of the commercial dealings for which the documents
or other written records are created, and for a period of not less than 5 years after the termination of
such commercial dealings or relationships, at a practice location or office registered with the Board
and such records shall be available to an inspector designated by the Board under the Act for
inspection in accordance with the Act.
39.3 The Board may publish, from time to time, guidelines for the storage of records and the duration of
maintaining and keeping patient records, and a failure to meet the provisions of such guidelines
shall be considered by the Board in respect of any disciplinary proceedings with respect to the
record keeping of the member.
39.4 Not approved
39.5 In the event that a member shall cease to practise within British Columbia, such member shall make
arrangements for the delivery of the patient records of the member to another member or to an
ophthalmologist licensed in British Columbia, failing which, the member shall be deemed in breach
of these rules and in respect of such patient records the Board may appoint a custodian. In the event
that the custodian shall incur expenses with respect, to the taking and maintaining of custody of the
said records and dealing with them, the Board may assess the defaulting member the costs of such
custodian's expenses, and collect the same as if a monetary penalty imposed pursuant to the Act or
Rules arising from an adverse disciplinary finding.
40. It shall be professional misconduct for a member to practice optometry in a conflict of interest
with respect to member’s patients or the member’s practice, which in the opinion of the Board,
acting reasonably in the protection of the public by the maintenance of high professional
standards, may influence or has influenced the professional services of the member to the
41. A member shall be presumed to be in conflict of interest in the practice of optometry when:
(a) Not approved
(b) Not approved
(c) Not approved
(d) the member permits, counsels, or assists any person who is not registered and licensed
under the Act to practise optometry;
(e) the member shares with any person other than his/her patient or his/her employer the fees
or charges received from the patient, except for the payment of lawful taxes thereon;
(f) the member employs or agrees to employ, pays or agrees to pay, or rewards or promises
to reward any person in any manner for services to secure, solicit, or steer or attempt to
secure, solicit, or steer patients for patronage of the member or any other member;
(g) Not approved
(h) the member offers to or does provide optometric services, lenses, or spectacles at a fee
less than his/her usual fee by reason of the patient being associated with or employed by
any particular person, association, society, or company, save and except only where the
plan or arrangement has been formally approved by resolution of the Board; or the
member is or acts as or appears to be the agent or employee of any person, except
another member, for the profit or advantage of such person;
42. Where, by these Rules, a member is deemed to be in conflict of interest, the member shall be
entitled to lead evidence at the hearing of a complaint in respect thereof to satisfy the Board to
the contrary and the burden of doing so shall be upon the member.
43. Where, by these Rules, the Board shall have granted approval for acts of a member otherwise
prohibited or restricted by the Act or the Rules, such approval shall continue at the pleasure of
44. The Board shall find any member to be guilty of unprofessional conduct who is shown, upon
evidence satisfactory to the Board at a hearing conducted in accordance with Part 3 of these Rules,
to have violated or to be in violation of any of the Rules or of the Act.
PART 3 - DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS
45.1 All complaints made in respect of the professional conduct, misconduct or incompetence of a
member or of alleged or suspected violation of the Act or these Rules, shall be directed to the
45.2 The members of the Discipline Committee shall review all complaints directed to the Committee, in
writing, by members of the public or by the Board, or such other matters of suspected violation of
the Act or of the Rules or of incompetence, misconduct or unprofessional conduct as of its own
volition it determines appropriate. Where a complaint of sexual misconduct is made, the
Committee shall investigate such complaint and shall include on the Committee not less than one of
the persons appointed to the Board by the Minister.
45.3 The Discipline Committee shall conduct such investigation as it considers reasonably necessary in
order to determine whether or not a complaint warrants further disciplinary proceedings. In the
event that the Committee shall determine that a complaint received does not warrant further
disciplinary consideration, it shall so advise the Board and the complainant. A complainant, whose
complaint has been determined by the Committee not to warrant further disciplinary action, may
appeal such action determination to the Board in writing. Upon such appeal, the Board may direct
the Committee to proceed with an investigation or to issue a citation as it may determine
45.4 Where a complainant shall decline to be identified to the member against whom the complaint is
made, the Discipline Committee may investigate the complaint, but shall not take or make any other
action in respect of the complaint, but nothing herein contained shall preclude the Committee from
proceeding with disciplinary action in respect of matters which it may become aware of by reason
of such investigation.
45.5 Upon the investigation which the Disciplinary Committee considers necessary having satisfied the
Committee that the matter warrants further disciplinary consideration, it shall forthwith notify the
member of its receipt of the complaint and intention to proceed further with it.
45.6 Where the Committee has determined that a complaint warrants further disciplinary consideration,
after giving the member an opportunity to consider the evidence assembled by the Committee in its
investigation and to make representation to the Committee, the Committee may recommend to the
member a consensual disposition of the matter without a further disciplinary hearing before the
Board. In making such offer, the Committee may propose terms of mediation of disputes or
disciplinary consequence as might be assessed by the Board pursuant to a hearing after citation, and
45.7 In the event that the Committee shall have made an offer of consensual disposition to a member, the
member may accept the same in which event the Committee and member shall jointly propose the
resolution of the matter to the Board, at the next available meeting of the Board. In such joint
proposal, the Committee shall specify to the Board the investigation conducted by it, its
recommendation as to finding of disciplinary violation and the agreed joint proposal for disposition.
In the event the Board agrees with the recommendation, by ordinary resolution, it may determine
the member to be in violation of the Act or Rules or otherwise guilty of incompetence, misconduct
or unprofessional conduct and impose the agreed disposition upon the member with the same force
and effect as if the said disposition had occurred following citation, hearing and formal
determination by the Board. In the event the Board does not accept the recommendation, it may
direct the Discipline Committee to issue a citation against the member and convene a hearing in
45.8 In the event that a member having been offered a consensual disposition of a disciplinary matter by
the Committee shall decline to consent to such disposition, the Committee shall determine whether
or not the matter requires the issuance of a citation and, if in its discretion determines that such shall
occur, a citation shall be issued.
45.9 For the purposes of conducting an investigation, the Committee shall, at the expense of the Board,
engage such person or agencies as it determines reasonably necessary to assist it in the
investigation, but it is not bound to conduct any investigation in respect of a matter which it
determines is frivolous or is a matter which should be referred to the Mediation Committee of the
Association or the Quality Assurance Committee.
46. Pursuant to the powers of inspection provided under the Act, the Discipline Committee, on behalf
of the Board, may direct an inspector appointed by the Board to conduct an inspection in
accordance with the provisions of Section 25 of the Act. Such direction shall be made to the
inspector in writing, and shall be a direction of the Board, and the inspector shall, where requested
by the member upon the inspector’s attendance, provide the member with a copy of such direction.
47.1 The Discipline Committee, on behalf of the Board, may direct an inspector appointed by the Board
to conduct an inspection under Section 25 of the Act whether or not any complaint has been
received by the Board in respect of the member, where the Committee determines that it is in the
interest of the protection of the public that such inspection be made.
47.2 Where the Discipline Committee determines that a matter on complaint or as a result of
investigation by the Committee or otherwise warrants the conduct of a disciplinary hearing pursuant
to these Rules, the Committee shall over the signature of the Executive Assistant on direction from
the Chair of the Committee, give notice in writing, in reasonable detail, to the member by way of
citation, in the form attached to and forming part of these Rules as Form 1.
47.3 A citation shall be served on the member by double registered mail, personal delivery to a practice
location registered by the member with the Board, or personal delivery upon the member.
47.4 Notice in accordance with Form 1 to these Rules shall be deemed to be reasonable in form and in
time, provided that the same is delivered to the Canada Postal authorities for delivery by double
registered mail not less than 17 days prior to the date set in the citation for hearing; or personally
delivered to a practice location of the member registered with the Board or personally served upon
the member not less than 15 days prior to the date set in the citation for hearing.
47.5 In accordance with the citation, in Form 1, the first date for hearing shall be for the purpose of
determining whether or not the member, the subject of the citation, acknowledges or challenges the
alleged violation described in the citation. In the event of a challenge to the citation by the member,
the Board shall fix a date for hearing the evidence in respect of the allegations in the citation.
47.6 The Board and a member who is the subject of a citation may be represented by counsel at all stages
of a disciplinary hearing.
47.7 At the first date established by a citation in Form 1, the Board shall first determine whether or not
the member has had proper notice of the hearing and has had sufficient disclosure of the allegations
against the member set forth in the citation. In the absence of proper notice, or waiver, or where the
Board is satisfied that further particulars of the allegations against the member should be provided
before the member be required to determine whether to admit or challenge the allegations, the
Board shall not proceed and shall further adjourn as may reasonably be necessary to permit the
member to respond to the allegations before fixing a date for the hearing.
47.8 Where a member who is the subject of a citation issued pursuant to these Rules fails to appear
before the Board at the time designated, and the Board is satisfied that proper notice to the member
has been given, the Board may proceed to make a finding in respect of the matters set forth in the
citation upon such evidence or material as may then be presented to the Board. In the event that the
Board makes a finding that a violation of the Act or the Rules or of incompetence,
misrepresentation or unprofessional conduct, the Board shall then advise the member, in the same
manner as which a citation might be served upon the member under these Rules, of the finding and
grant to the member an opportunity to make submissions to the Board in respect of sanction or
penalty at the time and place so determined and disclosed in the notice of the Board to the member.
47.9 A member, the subject of a citation, shall be entitled to be present throughout the hearing of any
evidence or the making of any submissions in respect to the citation before the Board.
48.1 The Board may determine its procedure for the hearing of any complaint or allegation set forth in a
citation issued under these Rules. In the absence of specific direction by the Board, it shall be
guided by the rules and procedures of a civil trial conducted within the province of British
Columbia, so far as the taking and hearing of evidence be concerned, provided that the Board shall
not be bound strictly by the rules of Admissibility of Evidence in the courts of the province.
48.2 Where any party may dispute the admissibility of evidence or the procedure of the Board, the Board
shall determine the procedure or the admissibility of the evidence and its ruling in respect thereof
shall be final.
48.3 At the conclusion of a hearing, in which the member who is the subject of a citation has been given
an opportunity to respond and answer the evidence led in respect of the violation, the Board shall
determine whether or not the allegations in the citation have been proven to the Board's satisfaction,
and in the event of dispute, the same shall be determined by majority decision. The deliberations of
the Board in respect of such determination shall be confidential and in private.
48.4 In the event that the Board finds the allegations of violation or impropriety set forth in a citation, the
subject of a hearing before it, have been proven, it shall forthwith inform the member against whom
the finding has been made, granting the member an opportunity to make submissions orally or in
writing in respect of sanction or penalty, if any, before the Board considers or imposes such
sanction for penalty.
48.5 After a reasonable opportunity for the submission of a member, and consideration having been
given to such submission, by majority decision the Board may impose the following penalties or
sanctions, for any violation found of the Act, of the Rules, or for misconduct, unprofessional
conduct or incompetence found by it:
c) fine for each violation or act or misconduct, unprofessional conduct or
incompetence in an amount as might be imposed pursuant to the Summary
Convictions Act of British Columbia for an offence governed by the said Act;
d) suspension of any licence or certificate issued by the Board;
e) revocation of any licence or certificate issued by the Board;
f) any combination of the foregoing.
48.6 The Board may decline to impose sanction or penalty upon a member against whom an adverse
finding has been made.
48.7 Whether or not the Board may impose any sanction or penalty the Board may impose the actual
costs of the hearing to the Board, upon a member against whom an adverse finding has been made
in respect of allegations set forth in a citation.
48.8 The Chair of the Discipline Committee and any other member of the Board who sits as a member of
the Discipline Committee or participates in the investigation of a matter before the Discipline
Committee which becomes the subject of a citation and hearing before the Board, shall not sit as a
member of the Board's panel conducting the hearing, nor shall such member participate otherwise,
beyond the activities of the Discipline Committee, in any dealings of the Board with respect to the
48.9 Where the Discipline Committee causes a citation to be issued in respect of a member, requiring the
member to attend before the Board for disciplinary hearing, the Disciplinary Committee shall not
provide to the Board prior to the disciplinary hearing any record of the investigation or conduct of
the Discipline Committee in respect of the matters the subject of a citation not reasonably necessary
to disclose the allegations against the member and therefore contained within the citation. Neither
the provision to the Board of a joint recommendation by a member and the Discipline Committee
for a consensual disposition and any material provided in support of it nor the hearing by the
Board of an appeal by a complainant from a determination by the Discipline Committee that the
complaint does not warrant further disciplinary action shall disqualify the Board from hearing the
complaint set forth in the citation. In such event, the Board shall not have regard for the
recommendation or material supplied in respect of it in deliberation upon the allegations against the
49.1 Notwithstanding any other act of the Board. upon a finding adverse to a party, in lieu of
suspension or revocation of a licence or certificate issued by the Board, the Board may restrict or
limit the practice of optometry by the said party, by imposing such conditions as, in the absolute
discretion of the Board, may be appropriate, to such licence or certificate, subject only to the
(a) no restriction or limitation shall continue for a period of more than nine months from the
date of imposition, without a review thereof by the Board;
(b) a review of any restriction or limitation imposed by the Board shall take place not less
than twice within each twelve month period thereafter;
(c) any party restricted or limited by the order of the Board hereunder may apply to the
Board for removal of all or any part of the restrictions or limitations at any time after six
months have passed from the date of imposition, the costs of such hearing to be borne by
(d) a party applying for removal of restrictions or limitations imposed hereunder shall be
heard by the Board within twenty-one days of his/her application therefor being
delivered to the Board; upon which hearing the applicant shall have all rights of appeal
as from a hearing of complaint under the Act and Rules;
(e) no party shall be permitted to make such application more than twice in any twelve
months or calendar year.
49.2 Any notice or writing required to be given by the Board to a party, unless a contrary requirement
appears, shall be given by double registered mail from the Executive Assistant to the last
recorded address for the practice of the optometrist, as maintained on the Register of the
49.3 Any notice or writing required to be delivered to the Board may be delivered by double
registered mail to the office of the Secretary.
49.4 Where any document is delivered by double registered mail in accordance with the provisions of
this Part, it shall be deemed to be delivered upon the second day after its deposit with the Canada
49.5 No penalty, assessment of cost, restriction of practice, suspension, or cancellation of registration
shall be affected by any change in these Rules from time to time, except where upon further
hearing at the expense of the member involved, the Board, in its absolute discretion, may vary
any order made under the terms of Rules amended, varied, or repealed. Any disciplinary
proceeding against a member which is underway but not completed at the time of any change to
Rules at issue in the proceedings shall continue under the terms of the earlier Rules in force at
the commencement of the proceedings, provided that where the penalty in respect of such
proceedings shall have been altered by reason of the changes to the Rules, the Board shall not
impose any penalty greater than the lesser of the penalty in place at the time of commencement
of the proceedings or the penalty under the changed Rules.
50. Where the Discipline Committee or the Chair of the Committee shall be satisfied upon the making of a
complaint against a member, or by reason of its own investigation, that the alleged or apparent misconduct
of the member constitutes an immediate and substantial risk of harm to the public, the Chair of the
Committee shall advise the Board of the apparent harm and the Board may act under the provisions of
Section 29 of the Act. Such advice by the Chair of the Committee or the action by the Board shall not
disqualify the Board from hearing a citation against the member subsequently.
PART 4 - BOARD DUTIES AND EXAMINATIONS
51. The Board may by resolution retain and engage solicitors.
52. The Board may employ such assistance as it deems necessary to carry out and enforce the Act
53. The Board may pay such persons doing special work for the Board such amount as the Board
54. The Board shall pay to each member attending upon the business of the Board a fee of $500.00
per diem and, in addition, to each member attending upon business of the Board, his/her actual
55. The Board may pay examiners and the presiding officer a fee for preparing and marking
56. The Seal, an impression whereof appears in the margin hereof, shall constitute the Seal of the
57. The Seal of the Board shall be affixed to Certificates of Registration and such other documents
as the Board may direct by resolution, under the hands of such persons as the Board, by
resolution, may designate.
58. The Board shall establish annually the following fees payable to it, in respect of the matters
hereinafter set forth:
(a) for examination of an applicant for registration;
(b) for examination of an applicant in a subject area previously failed;
(c) Upon application for registration;
(d) Upon application for annual licence;
(i) penalty for late payment (when paid after December 1,
but before December 31);
(ii) penalty for late payment (when paid after December 31);
59. Not approved
PART 5 - DRUGS
60.1 No optometrist shall use any drug in the practice of optometry except as permitted by these
Rules, and a breach of this Rule shall be deemed to be unprofessional conduct upon proof
thereof, the penalty for which may include cancellation of registration, whether or not the
conduct complained of is part of a repeated pattern of practice or an isolated incident.
60.2 An optometrist may use only such drugs as are listed, from time to time, on Schedule “A” to
these Rules, as approved by the Board.
60.3 An optometrist may use such drugs, listed on Schedule “A” as approved by the Board for
diagnostic, nutritional or prophylactic purposes only.
60.4 For the purpose of this Rule, 'drug' shall mean any pharmaceutical product, the sale of which is
regulated, restricted or controlled by the Pharmacy Act of British Columbia, the Narcotic Control
or Food and Drug Acts of Canada.
PART 6 - PROFESSIONAL INCORPORATION
61. Subject to compliance with these Rules and with the provisions of the Act, an optometric
corporation may provide optometric services to the public through an optometrist or an employee
of the corporation under the direct supervision of an optometrist.
62. For the purpose of these Rules, "direct supervision" shall mean working in co-operation and
under the immediate and present authority of an optometrist; but shall not mean the performance
of optometry while physically apart from the optometrist.
63. A permit to an optometric corporation shall be issued by the Board upon application therefor to
the Board in writing, containing the following information:
(a) the name of the corporation;
(b) a copy of the incorporating documents including the Certificate of Incorporation, the
Memorandum of Association, a copy of the current Register of Members of the
corporation and a copy of the current Notice of Directors of the corporation;
(c) a list of all persons who will be practising optometry on behalf of the corporation, who
are not optometrists registered under the Act together with the corporate arrangements
for ensuring the direct supervision of such employees;
(d) a description of the optometric services that may be supplied by employees of the
corporation, not registered under the Act, under direct supervision of an optometrist;
(e) identification and proof of registration of all optometrists in the corporation for the
current year in British Columbia;
(f) a complete history of previous permits by the corporation or for any corporation in which
any shareholder was a prior shareholder.
64.1 The obligation of the Board to issue a permit, upon provision of the appropriate application
therefor, shall be dependent upon the compliance with the provisions of the Act and of these
64.2 No optometrist shall perform any optometric services or conduct any other business for a
corporation, the name of which include the words "optometric corporation" in the event that such
corporation does not hold a valid permit issued pursuant to these Rules and the Act.
64.3 An optometric corporation holding a valid permit shall not carry on any other activity other than
the provision of optometric services or directly associated services for the purpose of giving rise
to income from business, as defined for the purposes of the Income Tax Act (Canada), and the
Board may revoke a permit of any corporation, after an appropriate disciplinary hearing therefor,
upon finding such conduct of business to have occurred.
64.4 It shall be a violation of the terms and conditions of a permit issued to an optometric corporation
by the Board of Examiners for a shareholder of that optometric corporation to enter into a voting
trust agreement, proxy or any other type of agreement that vests in a person not registered as an
optometrist the authority to exercise voting rights attached to any or all of the shares of the
corporation, save and except only for those necessary and incidental to the Transmission of
shares upon the death, resignation or retirement of an optometrist and for the purposes of
divesting his/her interest or his/her estate's interest in the optometric corporation.
65.1 In the event of a complaint, or upon its own initiative, the Board of Examiners in Optometry may
examine the conduct of an optometric corporation, or an employee thereof, or any officer thereof,
pursuant to the provisions of Part 3 of these Rules, making such necessary amendments, to the
procedures as may be required by the nature of the examination or the party against whom or
which the complaint is directed.
65.2 Nothing in the Act or these Rules precludes the exercise of disciplinary proceedings against an
optometrist who is a member of an optometric corporation either separately or at the same time
as the exercise of disciplinary proceedings against the corporation in respect of the same
violation of the Rules or Act alleged.
65.3 Where a violation of the Act or Rules is established against an optometrist, the member or a
professional corporation, apart from and in addition to the remedies against the corporation or
against the optometrist provided for in the Act, the Board may apply such further disciplinary
remedies as are provided for in respect of an optometrist under Part 3 of these Rules.
65.4 Notwithstanding the application of Part 3 - Disciplinary Proceedings - to a corporation, where the
provisions of Part 3 differ from the Act, in respect of a complaint against a professional
corporation, the provisions of the Act shall apply.
66.5 All provisions of the Rules shall apply to an optometric corporation, in respect of the practice of
optometry, as well as to the members of the corporation and employees thereof who are
optometrists registered under the Act.
67.1 A permit issued to an optometric corporation upon the application complying with the
requirements of the Act and these Rules shall be valid for the calendar year for which it is issued,
consistent with the annual licensure for optometrists, and in the event of a registration and
application for permit for an optometric corporation during such calendar year, shall be for the
balance of that calendar year.
67.2 Each year an optometric corporation holding an existing permit may apply for renewal of that
permit for the next year, upon payment of the appropriate fees therefor. The application shall be
in writing and shall include:
(a) a copy of the current Register of Members of the optometric corporation;
(b) a copy of the current Register of Directors of the optometric corporation;
(c) a copy of the last filed Annual Report for the optometric corporation, showing particulars
of registration with the Office of the Registrar of Companies.
If the shares of the optometric corporation are held by another company, whose shares are also
owned exclusively by the optometrists who are shareholders of the optometric corporation, then
the above listed documents must also be submitted for the holding company when renewing the
optometric corporation permit.
67.3 The following fees shall be payable to the Board in respect of matters herein set forth:
(a) On application and registration of an optometric corporation $500.00
if in conjunction with a holding corporation $750.00
(b) On application for annual renewal of an
optometric corporation permit, at the same
time as application for renewal of an
optometric licence takes place $150.00
Optometric licence fees become due on November 30 for the following calendar year;
therefore, the optometric corporation permit fee shall become due on November 30 of the
preceding year and be payable by December 1.
(b) Penalty for late payment (when paid after December 1,
but before December 31)
(c) Penalty for late payment (when paid after December 31)
67.4 The Board shall not be obliged to renew the permit for an optometric corporation where the
existing permit has been suspended or cancelled or revoked, or restricted, pursuant to
disciplinary proceed against the corporation.
68. In the event that the Board, upon application for a permit, is of the view that the optometric
corporation should receive a permit for a restricted provision of optometric services, by reason of
the limitations upon the optometrists, or any of them, being voting shareholders of the
corporation or intended to be paid employees of the corporation, in the provision of optometric
services to the public, then the Board may restrict or impose conditions upon the permit, and the
permit shall thereby be limited.
69. No optometric corporation shall contain in its title or name any term or terms which, in the
reasonable opinion of the Board of Examiners in Optometry, is confusing, not in good taste or
consistent with the professional and ethical requirements of optometrists under the Act and these
Rules, and, where the Board is of the opinion that the name or proposed name of an optometric
corporation offends this provision, the Board may refuse to issue a permit until a change of
name, satisfactory to the Board, shall have been made, and satisfactory proof thereof be delivered
to the Board.
70.1 In the event that an optometrist being the holder of shares in an optometric corporation shall die,
cease to be licensed or otherwise qualified to practise optometry under the Act and these Rules,
or shall be suspended from the practice of optometry pursuant to disciplinary proceedings, such
optometrist may continue to hold his/her shares in the optometric corporation during the period
of such suspension, provided s/he does not vote such shares, and otherwise only for the purpose
of disposing of said shares, upon approval by the Board to an optometrist registered and currently
licensed to practise optometry, or by cancellation, redemption or retraction by the optometric
70.2 Where by reason of any event there shall no longer be an optometrist registered to practise
optometry holding all of the voting shares of an optometric corporation, except only in the event
of a suspension of the right to practise optometry on the part of a voting shareholder of the
corporation, then any permit in place for such optometric corporation shall automatically
terminate and be null and void.
70.3 The personal representative of a deceased optometrist shall have the same rights in respect of the
shares of an optometric corporation that the optometrist would have had if s/he had not been
registered to practise optometry or had ceased to practise optometry upon the date of his/her
71. The Board, as a condition of issuing a permit to an optometric corporation, or renewing a permit
previously issued to an optometric corporation, may require that corporation to provide proof to
the Board that it carries a level of insurance for and available to protect its patients in an amount
satisfactory to the Board. In the event the Board establishes such a condition, the Board may
withhold the issuance of a permit or the renewal thereof until proof of the holding of such
insurance by the corporation in amounts and in coverage satisfactory to the Board shall have
been supplied to the Board.
Pursuant to Section 10 (1) of the Optometrists Act and the Rules under the Optometrists Act respecting
the use of diagnostic drugs, the Board of Examiners in Optometry permits the following classes of
pharmaceuticals for use by optometrists in British Columbia:
1. Topical Anaesthetics
2. Hyperosmotic Drugs
3. Irrigating Solutions
4. Lubricant Preparations
5. Antihistamine and Vasoconstrictor Drugs
6. Dyes and Stains
7. Contact Lens Preparations
10. Drugs for testing Pupillary Abnormalities
11. Cushioning Agents
12. Oral Vitamins, Mineral Supplements
13. Ocular Hygiene Preparations
14. Over the Counter Antibiotics
15. Drugs for managing angle closure.
The Board of Examiners in Optometry
PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION
Last First Middle
CONTACT TELEPHONE: ( ) Facsimile ( )
Checklist for Accompanying Documents
Final Transcript Indicating Doctor of Optometry Degree
Proof of Canadian Citizenship or Landed Immigrant Status
Transcript of National Board Examination
Authorization For Criminal Records Search Form
For Board Registration No.
I hereby make application to the Board of Examiners in Optometry for registration pursuant to
the "Optometrists Act." and the Rules thereunder, and submit herewith the following statements
regarding my qualifications:
1. Name in Full
Last First Middle
2. Birth Date 3. Birth Place
4. *Certificate of Canadian Citizenship________________________________________
5. Permanent Address_______________________________________________________
Street or P.O. Box
City Province or State Postal Code
Telephone: ( ) Facsimile ( )
6. Present Address
Street or P.O. Box
City Province or State Postal Code
Telephone: ( ) Facsimile ( )
7. General Education (non-optometric undergraduate and graduate work).
(a) Institution Period Standing Attained
___________________ __________________ _______________________
(b) The following documents are submitted as proof of standing: ____________________________
8. Optometry Education
(a) Institution Period Standing Attained
(b) The following documents are submitted as proof of standing: ___________________________
9. Have you, at any time in the past ten years, been convicted of a criminal offence, whether under the Criminal
Code of Canada or any other statute in Canada? No Yes
10. Have you, within the same ten years, been convicted of any offence criminal in nature, under the laws of any
other state or country? No Yes
11. Have you previously carried on the practice of optometry under the jurisdiction of any other province, or U.S.
state or country? No Yes
If yes, where
12. Have you ever been subject to a disciplinary action or prohibited from practising optometry in any other
jurisdiction? No Yes
13. If you have carried on the practice of optometry prior to the date of this application please give full particulars of
your practice including dates locations and the names of all persons with whom you were associated in the
practice, including your commercial contractual arrangements for the conduct of your practice.
14. Have you entered into any contractual or other arrangement with any person or parties, with respect to your
intended practice of optometry in British Columbia, should you be a successful candidate for admission to
practice optometry in British Columbia? No Yes
If yes, please provide full details of such contracts or agreements.
15. Have you entered into any contract or other arrangements for financial or other assistance in the obtaining of
your qualification to seek admission to the practice of optometry in British Columbia. the terms of which require
you to continue any association, affiliation or other relationship of any kind with persons or parties supplying
such aid? No Yes
If yes. please provide full details of the contracts or arrangements.
(Should be approximately 2 ½” x 3 ½”, head and shoulders not
less than ¾ face. Taken within past year. A portion of
photograph shall bear signature or seal of Commissioner for
taking affidavits or Notary Public.)
17. Fee Payment is enclosed
18. Mother’s maiden surname (For security reasons):_________________________________________
I undertake and promise that if the Board of Examiners in Optometry issues to me a certificate of Registration under
the "Optometrists Act" of the Province of British Columbia and the Rules thereunder, I will faithfully submit and
conform myself and my actions to, and obey, observe, perform, fulfil and keep all the provisions of the said Act and
its Rules and the policies of the Board of Examiners in Optometry and the By-laws of the British Columbia
Association of Optometrists.
20. Statutory Declaration. ) IN THE MATTER of the "Optometrists Act" and
) the Rules of the Board of Examiners in Optometry
) AND IN THE MATTER of the application of
) for registration.
of in the Province of
DO SOLEMNLY DECLARE
(1) That I am a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada or can satisfy the Registrar and am legally entitled to
live and work in Canada and that I am of age 19 years or older and of good moral character.
(2) That the attached photograph of me was taken within the last year and is a true likeness of me.
(3) That the information contained in the above application for registration is true in substance and in fact.
AND I make this solemn Declaration, conscientiously believing it to be true and knowing that it is of the same force and
effect as if made under oath and by virtue of the "Canada Evidence Act".
DECLARED before me at )
in the Province of )
this day of )
A Commissioner for taking Affidavits
within British Columbia/A Notary Public
in and for
*An applicant who is a permanent resident of Canada but not a Canadian Citizen shall submit with his/her application his/her Certificate of
Landed Immigrant Status which shall be returned.
Province of British Columbia
Certificate of Registration
The Board of Examiners in Optometry
Province of British Columbia
hereby certifies that
has passed the examinations provided for in the Rules of the Board made pursuant to the “Optometrists
Act”, and is duly qualified to practise Optometry in the Province of British Columbia.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF we have hereunto set our signatures, and the seal of the Board of
Examiners in Optometry at Vancouver, British Columbia, this day of , A.D.
N.B. This Certificate is valid only when accompanied by an annual licence for the current calendar
THE BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY
Province of British Columbia
LICENCE TO PRACTISE OPTOMETRY
THIS DOCUMENT CERTIFIES THAT, IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF
THE OPTOMETRISTS ACT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND THE RULES MADE
UNDER THAT ACT,
DR.................................. CERTIFICATE NO.............
HAS MET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE UNDER THE ACT AND IS
ENTITLED TO PRACTISE OPTOMETRY WITHIN THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH
COLUMBIA FOR THE CURRENT CALENDAR YEAR
THIS LICENCE IS VALID
ONLY WITH THE OFFICIAL SEAL
OF THE BOARD FOR THE CURRENT
CALENDAR YEAR AFFIXED
(Gold foil sticker for the (Seal of the Board
current year to be affixed here) to be affixed here)
(Revised August 18, 1997)
CODE OF ETHICS
THE BRITISH COLUMBIA ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRISTS
IT SHALL BE THE IDEAL, THE RESOLVE, AND THE DUTY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE
BRITISH COLUMBIA ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRISTS:
TO KEEP the visual welfare of the patient uppermost at all times;
TO PROMOTE in every possible way, in collaboration with this Association, better care of the visual
needs of humankind;
TO ENHANCE continuously their educational and technical proficiency to the end that their patients
receive the benefits of all acknowledged improvements in visual care;
TO SEE that no person shall lack for visual care regardless of his/her financial status;
TO ADVISE the patient whenever consultation with an optometric colleague or reference for other
professional care seems advisable;
TO HOLD in professional confidence all information concerning a patient and to use such data only for
the benefit of the patient;
TO CONDUCT themselves as exemplary citizens;
TO MAINTAIN their offices and their practices in keeping with professional standards;
TO PROMOTE AND MAINTAIN cordial and open-minded unselfish relationships with members of
their own profession and of other professions for the exchange of information to the advantage of
AS A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH COLUMBIA ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRISTS IT SHALL
THE DUTY OF TO ADHERE TO THIS CODE OF ETHICS.
Form No. 1
(set out name and address of member)
TAKE NOTICE that, certain allegations having been made against you, the Board of Examiners in
Optometry, pursuant to the Optometrists Act and the Rules of the Board of Examiners made pursuant to
Section 9 of the Act, has determined to conduct a hearing to determine whether or not you are guilty of
breaching the Optometrists Act or the Rules of the Board of Examiners, or both, as alleged. The allegations
of violation against you are set out on Schedule "A", attached to and forming part of this Citation.
This Citation to you is to give you notice of:
a) the allegations that have been made;
b) the intention of the Board to conduct a hearing into those allegations;
c) your right to appear before the Board and be present at the hearing, and to answer the
evidence that may be presented to the Board in respect of the alleged violation or
violations, including the right to present relevant evidence of your own and to make
You are not obliged to attend the hearing, but if you fail to do so, the Board may proceed to determine the
existence of violation in your absence.
In the event that the Board should determine that you are guilty of a breach of the Act or the Rules, or both,
it may impose a disciplinary penalty and may impose an award of costs against you, as provided in the said
Act and the Rules. Whether or not you appear and present evidence or submissions in respect of the
disciplinary penalty or the award of costs that may be made. Your failure to attend the scheduled hearing
may prevent you from presenting such evidence or submissions.
The hearing is a disciplinary enquiry, not a court of law, and the procedure and rules of evidence are
accordingly more flexible. The decision of the Board as to the alleged violation shall be determined upon
the evidence presented at the hearing only. That evidence will be presented to the Board by its counsel,
who, as the Board's advisor not as prosecutor, will further assist the Board by providing it with legal advice
throughout the hearing and its deliberations.
The hearing will commence on , the day of ,
, at , at .
On the first occasion, you will be called upon to advise the Board whether or not you admit any or all of the
allegations against you. If you deny them, or any of them, then at that time a date will be set for the holding
of a hearing of the evidence to be considered. If you are present, the date will be set in consultation with
you and your counsel, if any. If you are not present, unless you have earlier advised the Board through its
counsel of your position, the Board will presume that you deny the allegations and will schedule a hearing
to consider the evidence available to it.
Routinely, hearing dates will be approximately 60 days after the first appearance. However, the Board will
reserve the right to fix dates for hearing as may be appropriate to the matter before it, including the right to
abbreviate such time.
Due to the necessity of assembling the Board from throughout British Columbia and having regard for the
convenience of witnesses who may be summonsed to appear at hearings, adjournments of the hearing dates
will not be routinely granted. If your circumstances make it necessary to request an adjournment of a date
set for hearing, you are advised to make the request through counsel for the Board not later than ten days
prior to the hearing date in question, in order to give sufficient time for the Board to consider the request.
If you engage counsel to assist you, you are advised to have your counsel contact counsel for the Board, as
(set out name, address and telephone number of counsel for the Board)
This Citation is issued upon the direction of the Board of Examiners in Optometry this
day of , .
Executive Assistant to the
Board of Examiners in Optometry
TO THE DISCIPLINARY CITATION AGAINST
(name of member)
DATED THE DAY OF ,
The allegations of breach of the Optometrists Act or of the Rules of the Board of Examiners in Optometry or
both, upon which the Board of Examiners in Optometry has determined to hold a hearing, referred to in the
Citation to which this Schedule is appended, are as set out hereunder.