The Alberta College of Optometrists (ACO) has a regulatory obligation under the Health Professions Act (HPA) to make public:
- Decisions of unprofessional conduct including any Sanctions (penalties) or conditions imposed on a regulated member’s Practice Permit.
- Access to decisions of a Hearing Tribunal.
- Publication of decisions relating to sexual abuse or sexual misconduct on the regulatory college’s website.
The ACO supports the mandatory public disclosure provisions of the HPA. This disclosure is grounded in the public interest to increase transparency and public confidence in the decisions of the regulatory college. Any publication of decision summaries, occurring on or after January 1, 2022, will be published on the ACO website for 10 years; however, as required by the HPA, any findings of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct will be published indefinitely.