Chapter 6 Supplementary Provisions
A foreigner may attend an optometric personnel examination in accordance with the laws of the Republic of China.
If a foreigner has passed the examination under the preceding paragraph and received an optometric personnel certificate, he/she shall apply for approval as required by law prior to practice in the Republic of China. Such a person shall also comply with the applicable laws of the Republic of China in relation to optometric personnel, the code of professional ethics, and the articles of association of optician associations or optical technicians’ associations.
People who have served in a medical care institution or an optical company for three full years before this Act was implemented, and who graduated from a junior college or above, with qualifications reviewed and approved by the central competent authority, may take the special examination for opticians.
Those with one of the following qualifications, which are reviewed and approved by the central competent authority, may take the special examination for opticalal technician:
1. Those who have served in a medical care institution or an optical company for three full years before this Act is implemented, and who graduated from a senior high school or vocational school or above.
2. Those who have served in a medical care institution or an optician company for six full years or more before this Act is implemented, and who have participated in more than 160 hours of continuing education offered by a relevant organization designated by the central competent authority.
The special examination mentioned in the previous two paragraphs shall be held five times at most within five years after the promulgation and implementation of this Act.
Those who fulfill the provisions in Paragraphs 1 and 2, have taken the special examinations for opticians or optical technicians, and have registered and run an optometric service company (firm) or a medical care institution engaged in optometric services may be exempted from the penal provisions stated in Article 43 within 10 years from the implementation of this Act.
The registration agency shall annul all or part of the registration particulars in the company (business) registration of the company (firm) in the previous paragraph on the following day of the expiration of the 10-year period, and the optometric service shall be discontinued.
When issuing certificates or licenses pursuant to this Act, the central, municipal or county (city) competent authority may charge a certificate fee or license fee; the fees shall be laid down by the central competent authority.
The enforcement rules for this Act shall be formulated by the central competent authority.
This Act comes into effect on the date of promulgation.