Optometry in Ireland had been regulated since 1956. The Opticians Act created the Opticians Board as a regulator and had the benefit at the time of regulating the dispensing and sale of spectacles.
The Government announced its intention in late 2008 to transfer the functions of the Opticians Board to the Health & Social Care Professions Council (known now as CORU).
From 1st November 2015 optometrists will be regulated under CORU. They will be able to practice according to their “knowledge, skills, competence and experience” in line with other similar healthcare professionals.
CORU registrants will have to abide by their profession’s Code of Professional Conduct & Ethics and may face fitness to practice complaints if they fail to meet its standards. Supporting members in the fitness to practice environment will be a new function of the Association as the previous legislation had little to say in this area and few cases arose.
Under CORU Continuing Professional Development will become a statutory requirement. Approximately 60 hours of CPD will be the standard for a two-year cycle. Registrants will have to retain their own CPD records and may be subject to a random audit at the end of the period. The AOI will be supporting members with provision of CPD events and an archiving facility on our website. The first period will commence on 1st April 2017.
Follow the link below to begin your journey as a Registered Optometrist in Ireland.