The NC State Board of Opticians welcomes you to information regarding training, licensure and opticianry regulations and education in the state. Check us out often for a "clear vision" of opticianry in North Carolina.

Established by the NC General Assembly in 1951, the seven-member Board is comprised of five (5) dispensing opticians, and two (2) public members, all of whom serve three-year terms. Members are appointed by the Governor.

The Board's primary functions, defined by state statute and administrative rule, are the administration of the licensure process (including the licensure exam), and the oversight of regulations pertaining to optical businesses and training establishments. The Board has disciplinary authority over licensees and those participating in opticianry training processes. It reviews continuing education hours submitted by educational entities, and approves those hours it considers appropriate to enhance NC opticians' professional knowledge while complying with statutory requirements regarding CECs.

In accordance with the Open Meetings Law, the Board's meetings are open to the public, and minutes are recorded and available by written request.

The offices and staff of the Board are headquartered in Raleigh; hours can vary with staff assignments and availability. The office is closed for State holidays. If you're planning an office visit, please call ahead for staff assistance.

The Board invites your comments on this site, and how it can be made more productive and informative.

 

State Board of Opticians Review of Existing Rules

N.C. General Statute 150B-21.3A adopted in 2013, requires state agencies to review existing rules every 10 years. The State Board of Opticians rules are encompassed in the subchapters of Title 20 of the North Carolina Administrative Code.  Agency rules that do not complete the required decennial review expire, unless an exemption applies.  The Board's rules are reviewed on a schedule established by the Rules Review Commission.

N.C. General Statutes 150B-21.3A(c) requires the Department to review each rule and make an initial determination from one of these three classifications:

- Necessary with substantive public interest - the agency has received public comment on the rule within the past two years or the rule affects the property interest of the regulated public, and the agency knows or suspects that any person may object to the rule. 

- Necessary without substantive public interest - the agency determines that the rule is needed, and the rule has not had public comment in the last two years. This category includes rules that identify information that is readily available to the public, such as an address or telephone number.

- Unnecessary - the agency determines that the rule is obsolete, redundant or otherwise not needed.

The rules currently due for review, and the Board’s initial classifications, are provided by link here. While reviewing classifications, one can reference the individual rules’ text here.

The initial classifications of existing rules by an agency are subject to public review and comment for a period of sixty days.  N.C. General Statutes 150B-21.3A(5) defines a “public comment” as “written comments objecting to the rule, in whole or in part, received by an agency from any member of the public, including an association or other organization representing the regulated community or other members of the public.”  Additionally, pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A(c)(2), in order for the Rules Review Commission to determine whether the public comment has merit, the public comment must address the specific substance of the rule and address any of the standards of Commission review, as set forth in G.S. 150B-21.9(a).   

Comments regarding the Department's initial determinations will be accepted by e-mail to info@ncopticiansboard.org or by mail to:

NC State Board of Opticians

ATTN:  Rulemaking Coordinator

PO Box 6758

Raleigh, NC 27628

Comment period STARTS 2/5/18 and ENDS 4/6/18