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6 February 2015
Issue 152
Safeguarding Level 2

Following on from several communications from members, ABDO would like to clarify the position on safeguarding requirements. Following the release of the latest version of the Intercollegiate Document, there is a recommendation for dispensing opticians to complete level 2 training.

The priority in the early part of 2015 for ABDO is to get something set up for dispensing opticians. One of the main issues ABDO face is the issue of funding to complete this. Many members will recognise that optometrists are entitled to access level 2 training via DOCET, however it has been made clear that dispensing opticians cannot access the same facility.

Whilst there are plenty of online training modules which can be accessed for a fee, this is not ideal. Be assured ABDO are working on this and will offer more information as soon as we have it.

See you at 100% Optical
ABDO board members, ABDO staff and members of the ABDO College team look forward to seeing you at 100% Optical over the next few days.
  • Make sure you visit the ABDO Arms - a great place to network and there's 10% discount for ABDO members on all food and hot drinks
  • View the ABDO INSIGHT film produced by ABDO and ITN Productions - a current affairs-style programme capturing the latest innovations and best practice within the eye care sector
  • Visit the Frame Workshop - a chance to see how frames are produced and to understand the processes involved
  • See ABDO College and ABDO College Bookshop at stand L72 - find out about the College's courses, degree programmes and the latest developments in optical education
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New BSI standard for sunglasses

Plano sunglasses and clip-ons are subject to a new BSI standard from 1 March 2015, in a move to globalise regulations.

BS EN ISO 12312-1 was introduced last year with the understanding that the previous standard EN 1836 could run concurrently for another twelve months, with this transition period expiring at the end of February.

BSI standards are available at a reduced rate for ABDO members via the ABDO College Bookshop – email:

To read more click here.

AOP partners ABDO with educational events

Recognising how optometrists and dispensing opticians work together in practice has led the Association of Optometrists (AOP) to work with the Association of British Dispensing Opticians to offer all members an even larger number of educational events that deliver quality, choice and flexibility.

To read more click here.

GOC holds first illegal practice stakeholder group meeting

The General Optical Council has held its first stakeholder steering group meeting as part of its new illegal practice strategy.

The group has been formed to develop a code of practice for online contact lens suppliers and advise on options for implementation. The GOC intends to launch a consultation on a draft code of practice in June 2015 and to implement the code by the end of the year.

The group will also work to raise awareness among the public of how to buy and wear contact lenses safely, such as the need to follow aftercare advice and have regular check-ups.

To read more click here.

GOC publishes Call for Evidence findings

The General Optical Council (GOC) has published its findings from the Call for Evidence as part of its strategic standards review.

The consultation found that all respondents believed scopes of practice for optometrists and dispensing opticians would develop in the future, with a greater role in primary care provision owing to the expected ageing population and growing strains upon the NHS.

To read more click here.

LOCSU announces new board members

Two new directors have been appointed to the LOCSU’s Board of Directors. Matthew Jinkinson and Charles Bill will respectively represent Local Optical Committees (LOCs) in North of England and the South of England areas. The new appointees replace Steve Mayer and Graham Ackers who retired from the Board in December 2014 having completed their terms of office.

To read more click here.

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WCSM Clerk to retire in June

The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (WCSM) has announced that Lieutenant Colonel John Salmon OBE LLB is retiring in June after a remarkable seventeen years as the Company's Clerk, its chief executive officer. The Company's current Master, Dr Christine Tomkins, said that John has ably steered the Spectacle Makers through major transitions in its offering for the training and education of people working in optics, through significant governance changes and the development of its charity. He is the Company's twenty third recorded clerk in its nearly four hundred year history. John leaves the clerkship of the Company with its best wishes for a long and happy retirement.

Forthcoming ABDO CET events

Places are still availble to book online for the following events:

Antrim - Wednesday 11 February 2015 Read More
Exeter - Student Refresher Day, Sunday 1 March 2015 Read More
Port Sunlight - Sunday 8 March 2015 Read More
Castleford - Wednesday 11 March 2015 Read More
Hereford - Thursday 19 March 2015 Read More
Bromley - Monday 23 March 2015 Read More
Trivex online CET article: 1 CET point available

PPG has posted a CET approved article, Trivex material, still a new and growing lens category, on it's Trivex Training and Development website.

The article will be online for one month and 1 CET point is available upon successful completion of the questions by 5 March.

Click here to view the article

Re:View - the ABDO College newsletter

The February 2015 issue of Re:View contains features on dietary supplements for Age-related Macular Degeneration and how to conduct a successful presentation. We also hear how Boots Opticians are investing in student dispensing opticians.

To view this latest issue click here
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