AIO Consultation comes to an end on 13th June 2015

 

AIO Chairman delighted with level of interest shown by Independents and important stakeholders

The Association for Independent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians (AIO) today said that as the Consultation period on the new Consumer Code of Practice approaches its close on Saturday 13th June 2015, a steady stream of responses has been recieved.  Nearly 200 copies of the Consultation document were handed out to Independent practitioners at Optrafair, copies have been sent to all AIO members and many other people have downloaded the consultation document from the AIO website.Independent practitioners at Optrafair, copies have been sent to all AIO members and many other people have downloaded the consultation document from the AIO website.

The Consultation is aimed at seeking answers to a number of important questions about the content of the Code as well as gathering more general input from the Independent community about the Code. It is important that the new Code, which will be launched at the AIO Conference in Nottingham in October, will be based on the professions views on how the sector should define its unique offering. Aimed squarely at the person on the High Street and patients of Independent practices, the Code will provide the distinguishing mark for practices that deliver excellence in clinical care and patient service.

 

Peter Warren, Chairman of AIO said: 'We are delighted by the high level of interest that has been shown in our consultation and the fact that responses have been received bears testament to this. The Independent sector has long been calling for a quality mark that will help people to understand the choice that they have in deciding where to go for their eye care. The AIO Code will deliver that and the Association will help Independent practices that subscribe to the Code build awareness of it in their local communities.'

 

Pat Cameron Davies, AIO Secretary said 'we have deliberately opened up the consultation to members and non-members alike so that we can get the views of the Independent sector as whole. The Code will become the 'Gold Standard' for identifying the best quality practices on the High Street and we want the sector as a whole to feel ownership of The Code.

Anyone interested in participating in the Consultation can download a copy at http://www.afio.co.uk/code-of-conduct-consultation/  or for a hard copy call 0800 130 0486 or e-mail admin@aiovision.org