Frequently Asked Questions - Optical Registration Board Faq
What is the Optical Registration Board?
The Optical Registration Board at CORU was appointed by the Minister for Health in February 2015.
The Optical Registration Board is responsible for:
• establishing and maintaining the Registers of optometrists and dispensing opticians
• recognising qualifications gained outside the State
• approving and monitoring education and training programmes for entry to the register
• setting the code of professional conduct and ethics
• giving guidance to professionals on continuing professional development.
What is CORU?
CORU is Ireland’s multi-profession health regulator. Our role is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence through statutory registration of health and social care professionals.
CORU was set up under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (as amended). It is made up of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and 13 Registration Boards.
The professions which are currently regulated by registration boards under CORU or will be in the future are: clinical biochemists, medical scientists, orthoptists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, psychologists, social care workers, dietitians, occupational therapists, radiographers and radiation therapists, social workers, speech and language therapists, optometrists and dispensing opticians.
Why is my registration transferring to CORU?
In 2008, as part of a programme of rationalisation of state bodies the Government decided to subsume Bord na Radharcmhastóirí (the Opticians Board) into the Health & Social Care Professionals Council (CORU). Legislation has enabled this to happen - regulation has now transfered to the Optical Registration BOard at CORU .
Do I need to do anything to ensure my registration transfers to CORU?
No. Your registration will automatically transfer from Bord na Radharcmhastóirí to the Optical Registration Board under CORU on the 31st of October 2015. You will receive a registration pack from CORU. This pack will contain your registration number, login details for CORU’s online system for registration, as well as some useful information guides.
Where can I find further information?
More detailed information can be found on www.coru.ie. You can email any queries to email@example.com. If you would like to get email updates from CORU, you can sign up by clicking here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
What should I do about my annual renewal?
Once the Registers are transferred, you will renew with the Optical Registration Board at CORU on the 31st March 2016. We will write to you in advance of your renewal date and we will give you information on what you need to do.
How much is the renewal fee at CORU?
The renewal fee with the Optical Registration Board is set at €100 until 2017.