Code of Ethics

In accordance with NSCO Regulation 11, an optometrist licensed in Nova Scotia must do all of the following:

  • Practice based on expert clinical knowledge, always with a primary concern for the health and well-being of patients by constantly endeavoring to achieve appropriate clinical outcomes.
  • Execute professional responsibilities in a competent, efficient and effective manner.
  • Obtain appropriate consent from a patient before undertaking any diagnostic of therapeutic procedure.
  • Limit services to a level that is commensurate with their competence and refer and consult when appropriate
  • Maintain the privacy of all patient information, unless required or authorized by law to provide patient information to third parties
  • Behave in a truthful and forthright manner in their dealings with patients, colleagues and the public.
  • Promote and maintain cordial and unselfish relationships with members of the optometric profession for the benefit of patients and the public.
  • Avoid any conflict of interest, including conflicts outlined in the Act, Regulations, By-Laws, Standards of Practice and college policies
  • Report any suspected breach of this code of ethics to the Chair of the Complaints committee.