FMO members can belong to any of the current three Focus Groups – Equipment, Frames and Lenses. A combined meeting of the Lens Focus Group and the Standards Panel will meet on 6 June at FMO, 199 Gloucester Terrace, London W2 6LD. For more details please contact David Ellison, dellison@fmo.co.uk on 07597 350641.

Focus Groups meet during our regular (normally biannual) General Meetings to share views and information with other members involved in specific areas of the optical industry.

Currently the Focus Groups are prioritising the following:

Developing accredited training to enable all users of ophthalmic equipment to do so with the highest level of expertise and understanding of the potential of each piece of equipment.

Providing a home for the many small and start-up companies both in the UK and in Europe that comprise the fashion frames industry and ensuring that Optrafair meets the needs of these businesses.

The FMO’s Lens & Frame Supplementary meeting, combining the Lens Focus Group and Standards Panel, took place with eleven members in attendance, as you can see from the photo. The meeting was chaired by Dr Andy Hepworth and Andy Sanders, responsible for the new structure and a comprehensive agenda:

  • Optrafair Snapshot Review
  • Membership Update
  • Lens Standards
  • EU Medical Device Regulation
  • New CE Regulations / NHS – Brexit
  • Optical Body(s) ECP communication: Blue Light Myopia Management Consensus
  • Plastics Recycling
  • Polycarbonate P65 Warnings
  • Training levy
  • ABDO Case 51 Lab Visits

Ronald Rabbetts provided an update on Lens Standards, ably assisted by Alick Taylor.

Andy Hepworth and Frank Norville provided an update on the EU Medical Device Regulation before the two Andys covered Optical Body ECP communication. The two Andys covered afternoon sessions Plastics Recycling and ABDO Case 51 Lab Visits, with Frank updating members on Prop 65 and the Training Levy.

Frank commented ‘Thanks for the Lens Focus Group meeting. It was a really informative Association meeting with some traditional FMO humour added, members should try not to miss these.’

Please contact David Ellison, our Operations Director, if you’re interested in joining the Lens Focus Group, which will be meeting again in the autumn. We also plan to hold a meeting of our Equipment Focus Group shortly.

Developing accredited training for dispensing opticians to enable them to reduce the number of wearers of varifocal lens spectacles who experience problems (varifocal non-tolerance).

The next Lens Focus Group meeting will take place at the end of November. please contact dellison@fmo.co.uk if you would like to attend.