(a) All optometrists and opticians are
to be registered with the Optometrists and Opticians Board (OOB)
before they can engage in the provision of optometry and
opticianry services respectively.
(b) Different categories of
registration for optometrists and opticians will be set up, with
different conditions and restrictions attached to such categories
based on the experience and qualifications of the practitioner.
(c) An Optometrists and Opticians
Board will be established and charged with responsibility for
ensuring the standards of practice and professional conduct of all
optometrists and opticians. The Board will have powers to,
amongst other things, approve or reject applications for
registration, accredit local training courses related to optometry
and opticianry, examine complaints against practitioners and,
where necessary, take disciplinary action against errant
(d) The practice of optometry or
opticianry by any person who is unregistered, or who does not have
a practising certificate, will be prohibited under the new
legislation. It will also be an offence to employ unqualified
persons to carry out a practice of optometry or opticianry.