The Board’s functions
The Board is established to carry out functions determined by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act).
The HPCA Act sets out the functions of authorities under part 6 section 118 (a-m). These functions are:
- to prescribe the qualifications required for scopes of practice within the profession, and, for that purpose, to accredit and monitor educational institutions and degrees, courses of studies, or programmes:
- to authorise the registration of Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians under this Act, and to maintain registers:
- to consider applications for annual practising certificates:
- to review and promote the competence of Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians:
- to recognise, accredit, and set programmes to ensure the ongoing competence of Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians:
- to receive and act on information from health practitioners, employers, and the Health and Disability Commissioner about the competence of Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians:
- to notify employers, the Accident Compensation Corporation, the Director-General of Health, and the Health and Disability Commissioner that the practice of an Optometrist or Dispensing Optician may pose a risk of harm to the public:
- to consider the cases of Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians who may be unable to perform the functions required for the practice of their profession:
- to set standards of clinical competence, cultural competence, and ethical conduct to be observed by Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians:
- to liaise with other authorities appointed under the Act about matters of common interest:
- to promote education and training in the professions:
- to promote public awareness of the responsibilities of the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board:
- to exercise and perform any other functions, powers, and duties that are conferred or imposed on it by or under this Act or any other enactment.