The Health Professions Act, 1996 (the “Act”) requires all regulatory health Colleges to have a Quality Assurance (“QA”) Program. The goal of the QA Program is to protect the public by working in partnership with optometrists to support and provide them with tools and feedback to improve their ongoing competence. The QA Committee is responsible for administering the program.
Under the Act, all Colleges must:
• establish, monitor and enforce standards of practice to enhance the quality of practice and reduce incompetent, impaired or unethical practice amongst registrants; and
• establish and maintain a continuing competency program to promote high practice standards amongst registrants
In addition, all Colleges must promote and enhance the ability of its registrants to respond and adapt to changes in practice environments, advances in technology and other emerging issues.
All British Columbia optometrists are required to participate in the QA Program which includes mandatory:
• continuing education
• practitioner competency assessments; and
• place of practice assessments.
Optometrists in British Columbia are expected to be competent professionals who continually upgrade their knowledge and skills to meet the demands of changing practice environments and patients’ needs. The Quality Assurance Program is intended to be supportive and helpful to members, it is not punitive in nature.