Statement on optometrists, dispensing opticians and students working in different settings during the COVID-19 emergency



Uncertain times mean that our registrants may be called upon to work at the limits of their scope of practice and vary their practice for protracted periods of time and in challenging circumstances. While registrants are encouraged to work up to the limits of their competence, refresher training and/or supervision may be needed.

Along with all other healthcare regulators, we have signed a joint regulatory statement which acknowledges that registrants will need to act differently and deliver care in different ways during the COVID-19 emergency in line with Government and public health guidance.

We will take account of this in fulfilling our regulatory functions along with this statement.


14 April 2020 (updated 1 May 2020 and 28 May 2021)