In this section you can find the most up to date legislation, regulation and guidance for the Irish optical sector.

FODO members with specific or more detailed queries can contact the team at [email protected] or call 0044 20 7298 5151.

For details about legislation in the UK, visit our FODO UK sister site

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Optometrists and dispensing opticians are regulated by CORU – the Health & Social Care Professionals Council (HSCPC)

CORU is Ireland’s first multi-profession health regulator. Its role is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence through statutory registration of health and social care professionals.

CORU has published a code of Professional Standards and Ethics for both optometrists and dispensing opticians.

The Health and Social Care Professions Act sets out the legislative framework for regulating health care professionals, including optometrists and dispensing opticians, sight testing, prescribing and the sale and dispense of optical appliances.

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 sets out the requirements for Garda Vetting, which is required for anyone who has access or contact with children or vulnerable persons.

All registrants are required by CORU to undertake CPD and maintain a log of their education and training. You can access the CORU CPD template here:

A wide range of high quality CPD is freely available from many sources, including employers.

FODO seeks to fill any gaps by developing peer discussion training resources for FODO members, particularly by identifying patterns in near misses and clinical negligence claims, to minimise risk to patients and practitioners on the optical front-line.

FODO CET packs are accredited by the General Optical Council in the United Kingdom for CET points, but are also relevant to practitioners in Ireland.

Packs currently available to FODO members:

  • Flashes, Floatersand Retinal Detachment, using source material by kind permission of DOCET.
  • Professional Duty of Candour, which has been approved for 3 GOC CET credits for both optometrists and dispensing opticians.

Members who want to use our peer discussion training resources, should contact [email protected] or call 0044 20 7298 5151.

Department of Health

The Department of Health‘s statutory role is to support the Minister in the formulation and evaluation of policies for the health services. It also has a role in the strategic planning of health services. This is carried out in conjunction with the Health Services Executive, voluntary service providers, Government Departments and other interested parties.

The Health Service Executive

The Health Service Executive provides all of Ireland’s public health services, in hospitals and communities across the country. Visit their site for information about the HSE Optical Medical Card scheme.

The HAA Medical Card is given to people who contracted Hepatitis C from the administration within the State of contaminated blood or blood products. It gives entitlements to additional services, on more flexible terms and conditions than the medical card.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection supports the Minister for Social Protection in the discharge of governmental, parliamentary and departmental duties. For queries about the PRSI (Pay Related Social Insurance) Optical Benefit contract you should contact the treatment benefit section of the Department.

Welfare Partners

Welfare Partners is the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection’s online portal for checking patient eligibility and submitting payment claims for the Treatment Benefits Service.

Treatment Benefits

Community Optical Services Fees


  • For information to apply for a Tax Clearance Certificate visit the Revenue website.

Revenue Commissioners Guidelines

Advertising Standards

Driving and Vision

Citizens Information Service

The Citizen Information Service provides information on public services and entitlements in Ireland.

Diabetes Federation of Ireland

The Diabetes Federation of Ireland provides a range of services to the Irish diabetes community

Fight For Sight

An Irish charity devoted to the prevention of Sight Loss. The Irish Fight for Sight Campaign is the only national voluntary organisation solely concerned with the prevention of sight loss.

National Council for the Blind in Ireland (NCBI)

A not-for-profit charitable organisation which provides support and services to people experiencing sight loss in Ireland.

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Optometry School

The Department of Optometry at DIT forms part of the School of Physics in the College of Sciences and Health.  It is active in research, community links programmes and fundraising.

General Optical Council

The General Optical Council (GOC) the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. They currently register around 26,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.