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Competence Reviews

Under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act), the Board may order a  competence review of a registered optometrist or dispensing optician at any time, whether or not there is reason to believe that practitioner’s practice may be deficient.

A competence review will usually involve two peers and a lay member visiting the practitioner at their place of work, and may include:

  • reviewing patient records
  • observing the practitioner in consultations with patients
  • case-based oral discussions on patient management
  • practice systems reviews
  • observation of communication skills
  • interviews with the practitioner and his/her colleagues.

The Board does not currently undertake random competence reviews.  Its current policy is to undertake a competence review where there is reason to believe the practitioner’s practice may be deficient.


Policy on Competence Reviews

The Board has developed a policy which details the process the Board will follow if it orders that a practitioner undergo a competence review. To view this policy, click here.

The Board has written a policy on the naming of practitioners who have undergone a competence review. To view this policy, click here. 

If you have any questions about the Board’s policy, please contact the Board Registrar on 04 474 0705 or email registrar@odob.health.nz