ABOUT US - Mission Statement & Mandate
Mission Statement

The purpose of the Alberta College of Optometrists is to ensure the practice of the profession of optometry is conducted in the best interests of the public.

Mandate
  • We will carry out our activities and govern our regulated members in a manner that protects and serves the public interest.
  • We will provide direction to and regulate the practice of optometry by our regulated members.
  • We will establish, maintain and enforce appropriate registration requirements, a Continuing Competence Program and Standards of Practice for the profession of optometry.
  • We will establish, maintain and enforce a Code of Ethics.
  • We will carry on the activities of the college and perform all other duties and functions in accordance with the Health Professions Act.
Values
  • We value the privilege of self-regulation granted to us by the Government and people of Alberta.
  • We value honesty, fairness, reasonableness, transparency and effectiveness in our daily activities.
  • We value improved patient outcomes supported by collegial and professional communication with other health care providers, technological innovation, evidence-based research and implementation of new and improved models of patient care.
  • We value individual practitioner responsibility for always striving to do what is in the best interests of the patient and meeting generally accepted standards of care.
  • We value the personal and professional commitment required of competent, compassionate and caring practitioners to ensure they maintain their level of competence throughout their careers.
  • We value flexibility, transparency, honesty and reasonableness in discussions and joint endeavours with all external stakeholders.
  • We value feedback from patients, the provincial government, other regulatory colleges and any other interested stakeholder on our activities and performance.