FMO supports members with advice on the new General Data Protection Regulations

FMO Chair Andy Yorke welcomed members to the six monthly Members’ Meeting at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Wednesday 18 October, focusing on the new GDPR which will come into force in May next year.

During the first part of the meeting, FMO’s three Focus Groups for Equipment, Frames and Lenses met to enable members to share views, and to decide on priorities. The Equipment Focus Group, chaired by Krysten Williams, CEO of Heidelberg Engineering, is developing plans to accredit training in the use of ophthalmic equipment, the Frames Focus Group, chaired by James Conway, CEO of Millmead Optical Group, is looking at how to identify and meet the trade body needs of the fashion frames industry, and the Lens Focus Group, chaired by Andy Hepworth, Professional Relations Manager for Essilor, is working with the Optical Consumer Complaints Service to develop accredited training to help to reduce the incidence of varifocal lens non-tolerance, which is a cost to FMO’s members who guarantee these lenses and a major source of consumer complaints to OCCS.

After lunch FMO Chief Executive Bryony Pawinska gave a presentation of the aims of the GDPR, key features of the new regulations which will affect FMO members, and went through some frequently asked questions. A round table discussion followed and members asked FMO to provide support for them on GDPR on an ongoing basis.

GDPR is one of a raft of new regulatory changes that will affect FMO members and it was agreed to focus on the new Medical Devices Regulations for harmonising CEN standards at the next general members meeting to be held in March 2018. FMO members present were reminded that FMO is the UK member for Eurom1, which will be actively involved in this work.

Wasim Hamid, Sales Manager for Optrafair, attended the meeting and updated members on how the 2018 show is developing, with additional support for exhibitors from the exhibitions team, and exciting new features for attendees. Coincidentally the experienced team from Mark Allen Exhibitions were at the Ricoh at the same time as FMO, presenting the Engineering Design Show.

Photo: Members of the Frames Focus Group discussing Optrafair with the Chair of FMO, Andy Yorke, and Wasim Hamid, Optrafair Sales Manager