The public health order requiring health profession regulatory colleges to record whether or not their registrants are vaccinated against COVID-19 has been terminated as of July 14, 2023.
COBC’s amalgamation into the new multi-profession health regulatory body will be completed by the end of June 2024.
Beginning in February 2023, COBC registrants and applicants will have the option to self-identify as Indigenous and also indicate whether they would be interested in being contacted by COBC about opportunities to provide their perspectives on regulatory issues related to Indigenous Cultural Safety & Humility.
Standard 1 describes how the optician ensures that every aspect of service delivery is centred around the client’s immediate and ongoing visual needs.
In response to the 2020 In Plain Sight report, and in support of our new practice standard, “Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility, and Anti-Racism,” COBC has engaged in a meaningful project that will make Indigenous Anti-Racism a foundational part of our complaints and inquiry system.
COBC is honoured to present ‘Illumination’ by Coast Salish visual artist Margaret August. This powerful Coast Salish visual art in the form of an owl represents many teachings from ancestors and the Shíshálh Nation, while also telling a story about the decolonization of the COBC complaints system.
Standard 12 describes how an optician respects clients’ rights to the privacy and confidentiality of their personal and health information and complies with applicable legislation at all times.
New Act proposes amalgamation of health regulators, creation of oversight body, and more.
Standard 4: Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility, and Anti-Racism is in effect for all BC opticians as of September 30, 2022.
Standard 9 describes how an optician adheres to the mandated criteria associated with performing independent automated refractions, including obtaining certification.
Refer to the resources in COBC’s Automated Refracting Toolkit for more information.