The European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO) is seeking to appoint Visitors to the Accreditation Panel for the European Qualification in Optics, which has recently been developed.
Visitors will be responsible for evaluating the self-assessment document, the syllabus, the programme specification, examinations and assessments, for visiting training institutions, observing teaching, inspecting facilities and discussion with students, staff and institutional managers.
Visitors are not salaried but will receive a daily fee and will be appointed initially for three years. Time commitment is expected to be about ten days a year. Candidates should have experience in optometric practise or in education and training.
The application form can be downloaded here.
The deadline for all applications is 31 May 2018.
Enquiries should be sent to: secretariat@ecoo.info for the attention of:
• Adrian Jennings
• Bob Chappell
Further background:
ECOO established the European Diploma in Optometry and the European Qualification in Optics as a stimulus to the harmonization of European optometric and optical education and clinical practice. The European Diploma is set at the Bachelor level in European Higher Education and provides a qualification appropriate for Optometric practice at Category 3 of the World Council of Optometry’s four categories model. The countries of ECOO have adopted the Diploma as the “Gold Standard” for European Optometry. The Qualification in Optics is set at a minimum entry standard for the profession.
To foster this harmonisation ECOO has established an accreditation scheme to invite training institutions to benchmark their programmes against the European Diploma in Optometry and the European Qualification in Optics. The intention is to exempt graduates of approved programmes from part or all of the examinations of the European Diploma in Optometry and the European Qualification in Optics.
Further details may be found on the ECOO website here.

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