Posted by: Crystal | December 22, 2009

Nevada State Board of Optometry Declares Board Certification Violates State Law

This statment was posted by The American Optometric Society to fans on Facebook.

Following receipt of correspondence from the AOS, the Nevada Board of Optometry, in a written opinion, has determined that Nevada optometrists holding themselves out as “Board Certified” by the American Board of Optometry (ABO) would be in violation of at least two sections of the Nevada optometry laws. Under Nevada law, any board issuing such “certifications” must be approved by the Nevada state board and that the American Board of Optometry has no authority under Nevada law to issue any certification. The Nevada Board further determined that any certification issued by any entity other than the Nevada Board of Optometry would be deceptive and misleading to the public.

The Nevada Board also noted that the members of the ABO (AOA, ASCO, AOSA and AAO) were “private entities” whose purpose was to promote the optometric profession and not set standards for licensure and continuing competence.

It is the function of any state Board of Optometry to protect the public welfare by setting the standards for licensure and continued competence for its licensees based upon the particular practice laws of that state. Any outside organization which assumes it can set these standards without approval by the state boards and/or legislature would have no legal basis to enforce its standards on optometrists.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 22 December 2009 05:08)

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