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Public Register Changes

We have launched our new Public Register with extensive user improvements. The new Register makes it easier to search and understand practice details for opticians, intern opticians and student opticians.

There may be some inaccuracies as we are currently testing the newly launched Register. If you have difficulty using our new Register or finding information about a member, or require any assistance, please contact the College at registration@coptont.org or 416-368-3616 x 202, and we will be pleased to assist you.

Use this tool to find information about individual opticians who are registered with the College.

The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) sets out that the College will maintain a list of all registered members of the College of Opticians of Ontario. The RHPA and College by-laws specify what information about each optician is to be kept and made available to the public. We call this the public register.

The public register includes a wide variety of information, such as each member’s name, any nicknames or previous names used by the member, practice name, practice location and telephone number and, if applicable, the name of each health profession corporation in which he or she is a shareholder.

The public register also includes information about each member’s registration status and class (i.e., is the optician’s certificate of registration current, or have they been suspended).  If a member’s certificate of registration has been suspended, the reason for the suspension is listed.

In addition, certain information about each member’s qualifications is noted, namely, any areas of service and details regarding contact lens mentor status (or Certified Contact Lens Fitter designation).

The public register also notes any terms, conditions and limitations on each member’s certificate of registration.  Information about any current allegations or previous findings of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, which relate to the member are also specified.

Following a call from the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins , Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, urging all regulatory health colleges to make transparency a key priority, Council reviewed feedback from members and stakeholders on proposed by-law changes intended to increase transparency by making more information available on the public register. Council approved these changes in 2015, which included making the following information available:

  • The status of a matter referred to Discipline including any hearing dates
  • The complete Notice of Hearing in discipline matters
  • Names of former members (including fact and date of death, if known)
  • Professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity findings made by other professional regulatory bodies, both inside and outside of Ontario. 
  • Bail conditions relevant to a Member’s suitability to practise
  • Criminal findings of guilt relevant to a Member’s suitability to practise

The public register can be accessed any time by visiting Optician Search on our website or by contacting the College during normal business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm). Some information is also accessible on the Discipline page .

Due to an ongoing system upgrade of the public register, the following information is only available by request at 416-368-3616 or at mail@coptont.org:

  • Bail conditions relevant to a Member’s suitability to practise
  • Criminal findings of guilt relevant to a Member’s suitability to practise
  • Names of former members (including fact and date of death, if known)

 

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