ADVANCE NOTICE OF A PILOT PROJECT ON CONTINUING COMPETENCY ASSESSMENTS
A pilot project on Continuing Competency Assessments will soon be taking place across Canada. The SCO is seeking volunteers to participate in this project.
Implementation of a competency program in Saskatchewan would be on a voluntary basis and used as a tool by practicing members, to supplement the existing credit program set out in the current Regulatory Bylaws. Practicing members would be able to seek self-assessment on their own to identify areas for development in their skills, knowledge and attitudes and then, take continuing education or bridging to improve their opticianry skills.
The SCO will soon be receiving the pilot continuing competency Assessment questions, and opticians are encouraged to participate in the pilot project, to assist the developers in gathering enough information and statistics to properly test the program. The goal is to have at least 400 participating opticians across the country in order to provide a suitable cross section of participants Canada wide.
The pilot project will consist of participating opticians, being given a set of 100 assessment questions to be answered in a two hour time period. Participants will be rewarded with 4 EC continuing education credits accredited by NACOR, as well as being entered into a draw for a chance at an item such as an iPad or iWatch.
The college encourages our members to participate and do their part, to ensure there is a good cross section of participants across the country. This is also a great opportunity for members to test their skills while participating in a very worthwhile and important project. Interested Opticians are asked to contact Cathy as soon as possible at (306) 652-0769.
January 13, 2015
On January 13, 2015 members of the legislative group appeared in Provincial Court in Regina, Saskatchewan with regard to three cases of illegal dispensing of contact lenses against the Spirit Halloween stores.
Counsel for Spirit Halloween appeared and entered a plea of guilty to illegally dispensing contact lenses and a fine of $1000 was rendered. In addition to the fine, the owner of the Spirit Halloween franchises is required to enter into an undertaking with the College that the Spirit Halloween stores will never illegally dispense again.
The guilty plea will be the SCO’s third conviction. Several more charges are before the courts, and the college will continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute anyone found to be dispensing contact lenses illegally, that have failed to heed the colleges warning to stop their illegal activities.
November 5th 2014
On November 5th, 2014, members of the legislative group once again appeared in Provincial Court in Regina, Saskatchewan with regard to two cases of illegal dispensing of contact lenses.
Counsel for Vintage Vinyl appeared and entered a plea of guilty to a single charge of illegally dispensing contact lenses and were fined $500 plus, a second charge was withdrawn on the agreement they remove all contact lenses from their premises and not illegally dispense again.
Halloween Alley also appeared and the case was adjourned for full disclosure and for plea at a later date.
The guilty plea will be the colleges second conviction and leaves five cases before the courts yet to be spoken to. Further charges will be forthcoming, and the college will continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute anyone found to be dispensing contact lenses illegally, that have failed to heed the colleges warning to stop their illegal activities.
October 20th 2014
February 20th 2014
Her Majesty the Queen vs Costume Emporium
On February 20th., 2014, members of the legislative group appeared in Provincial Court in Regina, Saskatchewan to argue charges laid against Costume Emporium for illegally dispensing contact lenses. Costume Emporium was convicted and a fined levied for $1000 for a first offence, as a message to others illegally dispensing, that the court views the illegal dispensing of contacts as a serious matter.
The ruling also clarified our legislation and supported the colleges position that all contacts whether or not containing a prescription fall under the provisions of the Opticians Act and must therefore be dispensed by a qualified trained and licensed individual. The SCO took the Judges ruling one step further by amending the regulations to clarify even further that the dispensing of contact lenses of any kind are regulated by the college.
The Saskatchewan College of Opticians is an important part of the Saskatchewan Health Care circle of organizations. Being a College gives our members the professional respect they deserve. These changes will give us a much stronger and respected voice when dealing with government, and other organizations. As a College, our main focus will continue to be protecting the public interest. We will do this by ensuring that our membership abides by the Act, Bylaws and Standards of Practice and by continuing to ensure that our membership is properly educated.
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Amendments to our Bylaws can be found at