Please note that the deadline for submitting applications has been extended to 29 March 2013.
The European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO) is seeking applications for the positions of ‘Visitor’ to join the Accreditation Panel of the European Diploma in Optometry.
ECOO established the European Diploma in Optometry as a stimulus to the harmonization of European optometric 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 members of ECOO have adopted the Diploma as the “Gold Standard” for European Optometry.
To foster this harmonization ECOO has established an accreditation scheme to invite training institutions to benchmark their programmes against the European Diploma. The intention is to exempt graduates of approved programmes from part or all of the examinations of the European Diploma.
ECOO is now seeking to expand its Accreditation Panel by appointing further Visitors. Visitors will be responsible for evaluating the self-assessment document, the syllabus, the programme specification, examinations and assessments of the training institutions to be accredited. Furthermore, they will visit the training institutions, observe teaching, inspect facilities and discuss 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.