AOA president calls for independent CE accreditation

June 27, 2012

Following discussions regarding optometric continuing education (CE) and the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE), AOA President Dori Carlson, O.D., addressed the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) House of Delegates in Chicago Tuesday.

“The AOA acknowledges the important debate within the profession regarding the accreditation of CE and has listened carefully to its members’ concerns regarding the current lack of an open representative process to accredit CE in the same manner as other health care professions,” Dr. Carlson said. “We have listened to the concerns raised by ARBO. It appears both groups agree there should be no conflict of interest, but rather an independence of CE accreditation.”

Dr. Carlson continued, “We have two options—the model where ACOE accredits providers or a solution that leaves the COPE (Council on Optometric Practitioner Education) process of accreditation intact and would meet the requirements of our profession to regulate itself. The AOA calls on ARBO to make COPE an independent entity with governance comprised of equal representation from credible organizations within the profession. An independent COPE that accredits providers would eliminate the need to create an alternative accreditor. This would best serve the profession and aid the profession in state advocacy efforts.”

“We look forward to seeing the AOA House of Delegates discuss this important issue and to developing a profession-wide program to accredit CE in a manner consistent with other professional health care associations,” she said.

The AOA House of Delegates is expected to take up the issue Friday at Optometry’s Meeting®.

One comment

  1. If we are going to have a “profession-wide program to accredit CE”, then do O.D. led study groups, non-Optometric University sponsored CE and grand rounds sessions in which i participate at University of Wisconsin be considered invalid as CE hours?

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