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Title: Optometric Personnel Act CH
Category: Ministry of Health and Welfare(衛生福利部)
Chapter 2 Practice
Article 7
Optometric personnel shall apply for registration for practice to the municipal or county (city) competent authority at the locality of the practice. Practice may only start after a practice license has been obtained.
Practicing optometric personnel shall receive a certain number of hours of continuing education every six years, in order to have their practice license renewed.
Regulations concerning the qualifications, conditions, and documents to be attached to the application mentioned in Paragraph 1; the issuance, re-issuance, replacement of the practice license, and renewal of the practice license as mentioned in the previous paragraph; content, credits, delivery of the continuing education, confirmation of the completion of continuing education, and other matters for compliance shall be determined by the central competent authority.
Article 8
In any of the following circumstances, the practice license shall not be issued; any license already issued shall be revoked or annulled:
1. An optometric personnel certificate has been revoked or annulled.
2. An optometric personnel practice license was annulled within one year.
3. The optometric personnel has been determined by a team of specialist physicians, optometric personnel and scholars/experts invited by the municipal or county (city) competent authority to be unable to practice due to objective facts.
After the cause listed in subparagraph 3 of the preceding paragraph is eliminated, the optometric personnel may still apply for practice license in accordance with this Act.
Article 9
Optometric personnel shall only practice at one location, which should be a medical care institution, optometric lab, optical company (firm) approved and registered with the local municipal or county (city) competent authority, or other institution approved by the central competent authority. However, this does not apply to professional support offered between institutions or conditions approved in advance.
Article 10
In the event of the suspension or termination of optometric personnel’s business, a report shall be made to the original agency that issued the practice license within 30 days from the occurrence of the fact for future reference.
The duration of the suspension mentioned in the previous paragraph shall not exceed one year; in cases of suspensions of over one year, termination of the business should be registered.
Provisions concerning practice as detailed in Article 7 shall apply for optometric personnel who change the location of the practice or resume practice.
In the event of the death of an optometric personnel member, the original agency that issued the practice license shall cancel the practice license.
Article 11
Opticians or optical technicians shall join the local optician association or optical technician association.
The local optician associations or optical technician associations shall not refuse the membership application of those with proper qualifications.
Article 12
Optician s’ scope of business includes:
1. Non-invasive examination of the refractive status of the eyes and related optometric examinations, including optometric examinations for general contact lenses; examinations for those who are 15 years of age or under shall be conducted under the guidance of an ophthalmologist. However, optometric examinations for a child under 6 years old are prohibited.
2. Fitting the right general contact lenses for clients.
3. Providing instructions on the use of auxiliary tools for those with low vision.
4. Other optometric examinations as per the note or prescription issued by a physician.
Optical technicians’ scope of business includes:
1. General optometric examinations for myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia, including optometric examinations for general contact lenses; examinations for those who are 15 years of age or under shall be conducted under the guidance of an ophthalmologist. However, optometric examinations for a child under 6 years old are prohibited.
2. Fitting the right general contact lenses for clients.
3. Other optometric examinations as per the note or prescription issued by a physician.
When carrying out their duties, optometric personnel shall refer someone with uncorrectable vision problems to a medical care institution for treatment.
Article 13
When carrying out their duties, optometric personnel shall keep records of their work, sign and affix seals on them, and add the date. Also, an optometric examination report with signature and seal shall be provided when requested by the client.
Article 14
Optometric personnel shall not provide false statements or reports when being inquired by health, judicial or police agencies.
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