The Voice Of Opticians Heard On The Hill

Robert Dalton,RO, Executive Director, Opticians Association of Canada(OAC), Dalie Schellen,RO, President OAC, Janice Schmidt,RO, Vice-President Ontario Opticians Association(OOA) & OAC Advisor, Lorne Kashin,RO, Vice President OAC & OOA Executive Director, in Ottawa.
Robert Dalton,RO, Executive Director, Opticians Association of Canada(OAC), Dalie Schellen,RO, President OAC, Janice Schmidt,RO, Vice-President Ontario Opticians Association(OOA) & OAC Advisor, Lorne Kashin,RO, Vice President OAC & OOA Executive Director, in Ottawa.

A collaboration of the “Three O’s” has reached another step closer towards reclassifying cosmetic contact lenses as Class Two medical devices. On Thursday May 31, 2012 Bill 313 passed third reading in the House of Commons and will now move on to the Senate. Bill 313 was introduced by MP Patricia Davidson and will be promoted through the Senate by MP Mike Duffy. With the reclassification of cosmetic contact lenses as Class Two medical devices these lenses will be required to meet a standard applied to prescription contact lenses.It will then be up to the provincial health ministries to regulate the dispensing of these lenses. The collaboration of the Opticians Association of Canada, The Canadian Association of Optometrists, and the Canadian Opthalmological Society on Bill 313  shows what can be achieved when all three O’s work together.




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