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Opticians Act 1989

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I The General Optical Council

    1. The Council

      1. 1. Constitution and functions of the Council.

    2. The Council’s Committees

      1. 2. The Education Committee.

      2. 3. The Companies Committee

      3. 4.The Investigation Committee

      4. 5. The Registration Committee

      5. 5A.The Registration Appeals Committee

      6. 5B.The Standards Committee

      7. 5C.The Fitness to Practise Committee

      8. 5D.The Hearings Panel

      9. 6. General power to appoint committees.

      10. 6A.Powers of delegation

  3. Part II Registration and Training of Opticians

    1. The registers and lists

      1. 7.Registers of opticians.

      2. 8.Qualifications for being registered.

      3. 8ZA.Section 8: further provision relating to specified state qualifications

      4. 8A.Registers of students

      5. 8B.Visiting opticians from relevant European States: registers

      6. 8C.Visiting optometrists: entitlement to registration

      7. 8D.Visiting dispensing opticians: entitlement to registration

      8. 9.List of bodies corporate carrying on business as opticians.

      9. 10.General provisions as to registers and lists.

      10. 10A.Indemnity arrangements for individual registrants and persons applying for their name to be registered

      11. 11.Publication of registers and proof of registration

    2. Training and Qualifications

      1. 11A.Requirement for continuing education and training

      2. 11B.Failure to satisfy requirements imposed under a scheme

      3. 12.Education and training

      4. 13. Supervision of training establishments and qualifying assessments .


    1. 13A.The Council’s duty to provide guidance on fitness to practise

    2. 13AA.Information to be provided to specified state professionals

    3. 13B.The Council’s power to require disclosure of information

    4. 13C.Notification and disclosure by the Council

    5. 13D.Allegations

    6. 13E.Provisions supplementary to section 13D

    7. 13F.Powers of the Fitness to Practise Committee

    8. 13G.Provisions supplementary to section 13F

    9. 13H.Financial penalty order

    10. 13I.Power to order immediate suspension etc. after a finding of impairment of fitness to practise

    11. 13J.Removal from a register on grounds of fraud or error

    12. 13K.Restoration of names to a register

    13. 13L.Interim orders

    14. 13M.Provisions supplementary to section 13L

  5. Part III Disciplinary Proceedings

    1. 14. Disciplinary orders.

    2. 15. Suspension orders.

    3. 16. Penalty orders.

    4. 17. Powers of Disciplinary Committee.

    5. 18. Restoration of names erased as result of disciplinary cases etc.

    6. 19. Erasure from register and list on grounds of fraud or error.

    7. 20. Service of notifications.

    8. 21. Procedure of Disciplinary Committee.

    9. 22. Assessors to Disciplinary Committee.

    10. 23. Appeals in disciplinary and other cases.


    1. 23A.Service of notification

    2. 23B.Procedure of Fitness to Practise Committee and Registration Appeals Committee

    3. 23C.Powers of the Council to make rules

    4. 23D.Legal advisers

    5. 23E.Other advisers

    6. 23F.Registration appeals

    7. 23G.Appeals from the Registration Appeals Committee and the Fitness to Practise Committee

    8. 23H.Date decision takes effect

  7. Part IV Restrictions On Testing Of Sight, Fitting Of Contact Lenses, Sale And Supply Of Optical Appliances And Use Of Titles And Descriptions

    1. 24. Testing of sight.

    2. 25. Fitting of contact lenses.

    3. 26. Duties to be performed on sight testing.

    4. 27. Sale and supply of optical appliances.

    5. 28. Penalty for pretending to be registered etc.

    6. 29. Provision as to death or bankruptcy of registered optician.

    7. 30. Offences by bodies corporate.

    8. 30A.Legal proceedings

  8. Part V Miscellaneous And Supplementary

    1. Miscellaneous

      1. 31. Miscellaneous matters with respect to which rules may be made.

      2. 31A.Rules

      3. 32. Expenses and accounts of the Council.

      4. 32A.Annual reports, statistical reports and strategic plans

      5. 33. Default powers of Privy Council.

      6. 34. Subordinate legislation procedure.

      7. 35. Privy Council quorum and documents.

    2. Supplementary

      1. 36.Interpretation.

      2. 37. Consequential amendments and repeals.

      3. 38. Commencement.

      4. 39. Short title and extent.


    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Constitution etc. of Council

      1. Membership etc.

        1. 1A.Membership: general

        2. 1B.Matters for the order of the Privy Council under section 1(4)

        3. 1C.Registration of members’ private interests

        4. 1.The Council shall consist of— (a) nine persons nominated by...

        5. 2.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2) below, any person nominated by...

        6. . . . . . . . . . ....

        7. 3.(1) The persons chosen to represent the registrants on the...

        8. 4.Of the persons nominated by the assessing bodies—

        9. 5.The four registered medical practitioners on the Council shall be...

        10. 6.(1) On 1st January 1992, and at the end of...

        11. 7.(1) A member of the Council may at any time,...

        12. 8.(1) The chairman of the Council shall be nominated by...

        13. 9.(1) A person who has been chairman of the Council...

      2. The registrar

        1. 10.The registrar shall be appointed by the Council and shall...

      3. Powers of Council

        1. 11.(1) Subject to the following provisions of this Schedule, the...

        2. 11A.(1) In exercising their functions, the Council shall—

        3. 12.Subject to any provision made by or under this Act,...

        4. 12A.Rules under section 2(2), 3(2), 4(3), 5(2), 5A(3), 5B(2) and...

        5. 12B.Rules under sections 2 to 5D may make provision for...

      4. Power of Privy Council to alter membership of Council etc.

        1. 13.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2) below, the Privy Council may...

    2. SCHEDULE 1A


      1. 1.Interpretation

      2. 2.Appealable registration decisions

      3. 3.Notice of appealable registration decisions

      4. 4.Appeals from an appealable registration decision

      5. 5.Extension of time for appealing

    3. SCHEDULE 2


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