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All optometrists and opticians providing services to the public in Singapore are required to be registered with the Optometrists and Opticians Board (OOB) and have a valid practising certificate.

The Optometrists & Opticians Act (the “Act”) was passed in Parliament in July 2007 to regulate the practice of Optometry and Opticianry in Singapore. The purpose of regulation is to ensure that those who provide eye care services (including contact lens) are properly trained and qualified. The Act establishes the Optometrists and Opticians Board (the “Board”) to regulate optometrists and opticians.

All optometrists and opticians providing eye care services will need to be registered with the Optometrists & Opticians Board to continue practising or to start working as an optician or optometrist from 1 Jan 2008. Under the Act, it is an offence to practise Optometry or Opticianry without a valid registration certificate and/or practising certificate.

The Optometrists and Opticians Board (OOB) is a professional board established under the Ministry of Health.

The functions of the Board are :

Function 1

To approve or reject applications for registration under this Act and to approve any such applications subject to such restrictions as it may think fit;

Function 2

To accredit courses in the practice of optometry and opticianry in Singapore for the purposes of registration;

Function 3

To issue guidelines on the standards for the practice of optometry and opticianry;

Function 4

To make recommendations to the appropriate authorities for the training and education of optometrists and opticians;

Function 5

To determine and regulate the conduct and ethics of optometrists and opticians;

and

Function 6

Generally to do all such acts, matters and things as are necessary to be carried out under or for the purposes of this Act.