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Competence In DPA Use

From 2004 until 31 March 2010, the Board ran a recertification programme requiring all optometrists who did not hold certain qualifications to demonstrate competence in the use of Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agents (DPAs) (techniques necessary to assist in examination of the eye and diagnosis of ocular disease).

Optometrists who have not demonstrated competence in the use of DPAs will not be authorised to practise in New Zealand until they have done so.

Optometrists who need to meet requirements

Options available to practitioners needing to meet didactic requirements will be at the practitioner’s expense and will be:

  • satisfactory completion of the OCANZ Competency in Optometry examination.

Options available to practitioners needing to meet practical requirements will be at the practitioner’s expense and will be:

  • satisfactory completion of the OCANZ Competency in Optometry examination, or
  • satisfactory demonstration of competence in the use of gonioscopy, binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy and slit lamp fundoscopy, through a completed declaration from a suitably registered and practising specialist ophthalmologist.

Options available to practitioners needing to meet both didactic and practical requirements will be at the practitioner’s expense and will be:

  • satisfactory completion of the OCANZ Competency in Optometry examination, and
  • satisfactory demonstration of competence in the use of gonioscopy,  binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy and slit lamp fundoscopy, through a completed declaration from a suitably registered and practising specialist ophthalmologist.

Exemptions from meeting didactic requirements

Optometrists with an MBCO/MCOptom and who meet certain other criteria can apply for an exemption from the didactic component, using the Written exemption form.