The Board has implemented practitioner self audits as a way of fulfilling its obligations to ensure that optometrists and dispensing opticians are competent to practise their professions.
Each year, the Board may ask up to 15 percent of practising optometrists and dispensing opticians (30% total) to complete a self audit of their practice and send it to the Board for review. In the event that an individual’s self audit raises concerns, the Board will write to him/her with its concerns, and invite the practitioner to provide any further information they deem relevant for the Board’s consideration. Upon receipt and consideration of that information, the Board will make a final decision on whether any further steps are required.
Self Audit Forms
Below are example self audit forms. These are for reference purposes only and cannot be used for submission. Audits must be completed online via the practitioner portal.
Click here to view the Self Audit form for optometrists
Click here to view the example Self Audit form for dispensing opticians
The Board audits all practitioners in an eight-year period, some will be audited more than once during this period, but not more than once in a four-year period unless concerns are raised with the Board about the practitioner.
Deficit Self Audit
If you have not met the requirements of the Board’s recertification programme at the end of a cycle, you may be asked to complete a ‘Deficit Self Audit’, to provide the Board with information about whether you are practising at the required standard of competence.
You will receive a letter from the Board if you are required to complete this type of Self Audit.
Below are example deficit audit forms. These cannot be used for submission. Audits are now completed online via the practitioner portal.
Click here to download the Deficit Self Audit form for optometrists
Click here to download the Deficit Self Audit form for dispensing opticians
Self Audit Hints
Click here to download the Self Audit Hints guide for optometrists
Click here to download the Self Audit Hints guide for dispensing opticians