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IOA summit 2019

The International Opticians Association is looking forward to welcoming members and supporters to Thailand in 2020 for its biennial summit. Join us for a week of education and informative debate about the world of optics. Combine visits to key optical facilities in Thailand with enjoyable days out, fantastic meals and the chance to go to SILMO Bangkok.
Save the date: the Summit runs from 7-13 June 2020
Bookings open soon
Payment plans available

Find out more about the summit here

ADONZ 2019 Annual Conference

The ADONZ Annual Conference for 2019 is being held at the Napier Conference Centre from Friday 1 November to Sunday 3 November.  The draft schedule is here for you:

SCHEDULE 2019 draft

A link to register along with conference information will be available in mid-August.  All DOs and students will receive an email with these details, and the link will also be available here.

Exhibitors are welcome to join us and full package details are available from the ADONZ office:

ACOD Optical Dispensing course enrolments

For all enrolments please use the link to ACOD in the student section of this website (go to the Resources/Students tab).  Please see the attachment and further information is available in the student section.

To enrol for 2020 click here

ACOD Ad 02-2018

CPD for Dispensing Opticians

From 16 August ADONZ will no longer record CPD for Dispensing Opticians.  All DOs should have received an email from the ODOB regarding the changes.  Current information about CPD for Dispensing Opticians is in the August CPD News:  CPD News 92 August 2019

Registered Dispensing Opticians have until 30 November 2019 to gain the requirement of 20 points for the 2018-2019 CPD Cycle.

From September onwards you will not find the CPD News here.  It will be available for members in the messages section only when you log in.  CPD information will be available on the ODOB website:


Use of Dispensing Optician Title

The title “Dispensing Optician” is protected by law and only registered practitioners are allowed to use this. If you are not registered as a Dispensing Optician, or if you are still studying, you are not allowed to use this title.

You may not be aware that the term “optical dispenser” should also not be used by persons that are unregistered. Section 7 of the HPCA Act 2003 states: “A person may only use names, words, titles, initials, abbreviations or descriptions stating or implying that the person is a health practitioner of a particular kind if the person is registered, and is qualified to be registered, as a health practitioner of that kind”.

The Ministry of Health’s view is that the title “optical dispenser” is so similar to the title “Dispensing Optician” that there is a real risk of consumers being misled.

The Ministry’s approach in enforcing the Act is to first seek compliance. In cases where the persons are unwilling to comply with the Act, the Ministry will seek to prosecute. Prosecutions under Section 7 carry with them a fine of up to $10,000.

The ADONZ recommends that students who are training to become Dispensing Opticians use the word “student” or “trainee” before the title Dispensing Optician so that there can be no confusion as to status.

The student (or supervisor) should ensure that the client / patient understands that you are a student, i.e. there should be at least a verbal exchange of confirmation (if not a written one).  Any other titles should not be used as they have the potential to create confusion for the public.

 Please make sure that you and the people you work with comply with the Act.