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Membership Services

ABDO Membership Services
Unit 2, Court Lodge Offices
Godmersham Park
Godmersham
Canterbury
Kent CT4 7DT

If you need assistance email membership@abdo.org.uk, or call a member of the Membership Services team:

  • Head of Membership Services – Katie Docker: 01227 733 912
  • Senior Membership Assistant – Tom Veti: 01227 733 922
    (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
  • Membership Assistant – Tara Davis: 01227 733 902
    (Monday and Wednesday)

Forms

  • To download the ABDO membership application form click here
  • To download the ABDO Professional Indemnity Insurance application form click here
  • To download the ABDO Membership payment form (for payment by credit / debit card) click here
  • To download the ABDO Direct Debit scheme form click here

Membership fees 2018

Type

 Description

Fee 

Full
  • Fully qualified dispensing optician (DO) residing in the UK
£300.00
European Qualified
  • Qualified dispensing optician, from a European country, on the GOC register (not qualified as FBDO) residing in the UK
£300.00
Reduced Full
  • Optometry student or pre-reg optometrist
  • DO employed in optics but not dispensing
  • Maternity or other leave for at least three months
  • Other special circumstances, only as agreed with ABDO Membership Services
£215.00
Associate
  • Optometrist
  • DO not employed in optics for one year or more
  • Professional with an interest in optics (not qualified as FBDO)
  • Unqualified dispenser not on a dispensing course
  • DO practising in Singapore or Malaysia
£170.00
Elder
  • Fully retired
£15.00
Full (overseas)
  • DO residing overseas (including Eire, Isle of Man, Channel Islands)
£185.00
Student (UK)
  • Unqualified student on day-release, college or ABDO college dispensing course applying between 1 April and 30 November: £50.00
  • Unqualified student on day-release, college or ABDO college dispensing course applying between 1st applying between 1 December and 31 March: £100.00
£50.00/£100.00
Student (overseas)
  • Unqualified student on day-release, college or ABDO college dispensing course, residence overseas other than Malaysia applying between 1 April and 30 November: £50.00
  • Unqualified student on day-release, college or ABDO college dispensing course, residence overseas other than Malaysia applying between 1 December and 31 March: £100.00
£50.00/£100.00
Malaysian Student
  • Student residing in Malaysia
£50.00
Optical Assistant
  • Only as agreed with ABDO Membership Services
£105.00
Professional indemnity insurance
  • Available to UK qualified DOs, DOs: £35.00 / CLOs: £45.00
£35.00/£45.00

The membership year is January to December. Renewal statements are sent at the beginning of December. If you have joined during the year, your statement will show a pro rata credit against the following year’s subscription. ABDO offers the convenience of a Direct Debit scheme, that enables you to spread your payments over the year (beginning February) with a choice of four payment days throughout the month. If you prefer to pay by Direct Debit annually, a discount is available. Please read the Direct Debit instruction on the payment form for full details.If you are a rejoining member, an additional 10 per cent rejoining fee is usually also required.

  • Methods of paymentOpen

    Online
    To pay your membership online you will need to log into the Members’ area using your ABDO membership number and pin number. When you have done this you will be presented with a list of options, select ‘Annual Subscriptions’. You will then be able to pay your ABDO membership subscriptions for the current year. If you have any further problems, email membership@abdo.org.uk.

    Direct Debit
    To set up a Direct Debit mandate, please use the Direct Debit scheme form, to download click here.

    By Post
    If you wish to pay by post, please download the ‘Membership payment form’ by clicking here and pay your subscription by post, change your ‘Member Type’, or notify a change of address. Please forward the form to: ABDO Membership Services, Godmersham Park, Godmersham, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7DT.

  • Professional Indemnity InsuranceOpen

    All ABDO members (qualified as FBDO) must retain professional indemnity insurance (PPI) in accordance with the GOC regulations. The ABDO scheme is only available to members of the Association who are fully qualified dispensing opticians, residing in the United Kingdom. The policy covers the Insured (including the fitting of contact lenses, if so qualified), and any subordinates working under his/her guidance and direction. It does not cover optometric work.

    The current fee is £35.00 for dispensing opticians and £45.00 for contact lens opticians for the calendar year January to December. Please note that no pro rata fee or refund is offered should you join or leave the scheme during the year (with the exception of newly-qualified FBDOs, qualifying after 31 May, who may pay a reduced fee of £17.50 if joining the scheme in the year of qualification). Once selected, your insurance will renew automatically each January, with your annual membership subscription. Cover will remain in force provided payment is received by 31 January in the year the fees are due (unless paying in instalments by Direct Debit). Failure to pay your ABDO membership subscription and/or your ABDO professional indemnity insurance fee will result in your withdrawal from the scheme.

    The following is a brief guide to the policy. It does not form the basis of the insurance contract:

    Breach of professional duty

    • £5,000,000 for claims arising out of any neglect, error or omission in providing dispensing advice in the course of the business

    If you have any specific queries, contact the insurance brokers, G D Anderson & Co Ltd, tel: 020 7437 5122. The policy itself may be viewed at the ABDO office in Kent, by appointment.

    Complete the application form to apply for this cover.

  • If you marry and change your name...Open

    If you change your name due to marriage please forward a copy of your marriage certificate to ABDO Membership Services in one of the following ways:

    By post
    Please send a copy of your marriage certificate to ABDO Membership Services, Godmersham Park, Godmersham, Canterbury, Kent CT47DT

    By smartphone / email
    You can take a picture of your marriage certificate with your smart phone and email it to membership@abdo.org.uk

    By fax
    Send a fax copy of your marriage certificate to ABDO Membership Services a using the following number 01227 733 900

    Upon receipt ABDO Membership Services will update your details.

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