World Council of Optometry

Committee Objectives and Current Projects

The below list of objectives and ongoing projects in the standing committees was last updated on July 30, 2020. To view members of each committee, please click here.

 

Education Committee

Objectives: To be responsible for advising the Executive Committee and Board of Directors on ways in which the WCO can facilitate the advancement and enhancement of optometric education worldwide. The Committee will do this by advising on matters relating to:

  • Engagement with members and other education and training institutions internationally
  • The establishment and promotion of educational priorities for WCO
  • WCO’s contribution to continuing education, training and continuing professional development
  • The promotion of the Globalization Model to develop common standards of optometry education outcomes and to facilitate the international free movement of professionals

Current Projects:

  • Revising global competencies
  • Developing position statement for Optometry inclusion in health systems
  • Creating online learning and continuing education resources
  • Continuing to collect feedback for the next Strategic Plan
  • Considering how the committee can contribute to different issues in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Report on Vision

 

Legislation, Registration and Standards Committee

Objectives: To be responsible for advising the Executive Committee and Board of Directors on ways in which the WCO can assist member countries with legislative and regulatory matters affecting the public and the profession. The Committee will do this by advising on matters relating to:

  • Development, maintenance and review of the WCO’s annual survey on scope of practice, and analyzing and disseminating the results
  • Support of the biennial World Congress of Optometry featuring international experts who address human resources, economic, interdisciplinary and educational dimensions
  • Development and implementation of international standards of clinical practice

Current Projects:

  • Developing LRS Toolkit
  • Creating a flow chart for LRS requests to the office to best assist
  • Continuing to provide edits to the LRS section of the Strategic Plan
  • Considering how the committee can contribute to different issues in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Report on Vision
  • Continuing to provide answers concerning requests for LRS assistance from members

 

Membership Committee

Objectives: To be responsible for advising the Executive Committee and Board of Directors on membership matters relating to Country, Affiliate, Corporate, Individual and Student members. The committee will do this by advising on matters relating to:

  • Review of current methods for determining fees and handling of unpaid dues/fees on an annual basis and making recommendations
  • Development of membership-building programs
  • Recommendations to the Board on activities to promote and retain membership
  • Development and oversee the implementation of survey tools such as membership needs assessments and satisfaction surveys
  • Advising and making recommendations to the Board on any issue relating to member needs and benefits
  • Partnering with other committees as appropriate on matters of common interest
  • Reporting to the Board at least quarterly or more often as required on membership committee activities

Current Projects:

  • Continue to consider new dues formula
  • Consider ways to expand membership benefits
    • Encourage members and non-members to participate in the Membership Benefits Survey
  • Assist in specific membership requests

 

Public Health Committee

Objectives: To be responsible for advising the Executive Committee (EC) and Board of Directors (Board) on public health matters relating to eye care with a specific focus on how optometry is engaged on public health matters in particular. The Committee will do this by advising the EC and Board on matters relating to:

  • Monitoring and ensuring compliance with the World Council of Optometry (WCO) Collaboration Agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Avenue in which the WCO can work on projects and forge alliances with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and with other stakeholders in support of programs such as the IAPB Vision 2020: The Right to Sight as an example along with other vision related programs as they emerge.
  • Development, maintenance, review and dissemination of the WCO public health resources, tool kits, and guidelines. Monitor where there are gaps in educating the public about the importance of vision and eye health and work to help to fill those gaps.
  • The potential for major studies of populations in support of the WHO and IAPB programs including the prevalence of vision impairment, the emergence of new concerns of eye related epidemics such as the expected increase in myopia, the effect of addressing uncorrected refractive error, and the integration of addressing vision programs and corrective spectacles in school-aged children.
  • Developing and implementing training programs in Public Health, Leadership and Advocacy relevant to the membership.

Current Projects:

  • Consider next steps for the Leadership Training Program
  • Develop actions that optometry needs to take in response to WHO’s World Report on Vision
  • Consider edits to the Strategic Plan
  • Continue work on the Pediatric Development Toolkit

 

Congress Committee

Objective: To be responsible for World Congress planning and logistics.

Current Project: Consider planning for the 4th World Congress of Optometry.