Requirements for Opticians
As registered health care professionals, opticians must remain current and knowledgeable about the legislative requirements for practice in Alberta. Opticians are regulated by a number of key Acts, Regulations, and Standards of Practice
Health Professions Act of Alberta
The Health Professions Act sets out common requirements for the regulation of health professionals in Alberta.
Government Organization Act
The Government Organization Act outlines which health services are restricted activities and sets out offence and penalty provisions for unauthorized practice and activities.
Health Information Act
The Health Information Act outlines the requirements for the collection, use, and disclosure of patient health information, as well as the duties and powers of custodians (regulated health professionals who use and have access to patient health information.
Opticians Profession Regulation
The Opticians Profession Regulation complements the Health Professions Act and sets out the requirements specific to the registration and regulation of opticians.
The College of Opticians Bylaws are the overall guiding principles of the College. They direct the Council in their work to oversee the College of Opticians of Alberta.
Standards of Practice
The Standards of Practice for Opticians are set by the College and approved by the Minister of Health. The standards establish minimum enforceable and acceptable levels of performance, qualifications, and professional practice requirements for opticians in Alberta to ensure the provision of safe, competent, and ethical eye care. The standards are accompanied by practice guidelines to assist opticians with the application of the standards.