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Investigation Committee

What does it do?
The Investigation Committee investigates allegations that:

a) a registered optometrist ’s or a registered dispensing optician ’s fitness to practise is impaired;
b) a business registrant ’s fitness to carry on business as an optometrist or a dispensing optician (or both) is impaired; or
c) a student registrant’s fitness to undertake training as an optometrist or a dispensing optician is impaired.

They decide whether an allegation should be referred to the Fitness to Practise Committee, and if not, what the next course of action should be.

How often does it meet? 
Future dates for meetings are to be confirmed.

Who are the members of the Investigation Committee? 

The Investigation Committee is made up of a combination of professional members (who have an optical qualification) and lay members (who do not).

Lay members: Juliet Oliver (Chair) and Heather Keating

Optometrists: Kalpana Theophilus (Deputy Chair), Richard Greenwood, Christian Dutton

Dispensing opticians: Sarah Baylay, Richard Rawlinson

Registered Medical Practitioner: Wayne Lewis

From 1 April 2014, when the Investigation Committee is considering each complaint, members will refer to the relevant guidance.  
Information about what actions the Investigation Committee can take about a complaint are available from the Investigating complaints section of our website.

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