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Optical Confederation

Under the banner of the Optical Confederation (OC), the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) works collaboratively with the Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians (FODO), the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers (ACLM), the Association of Optometrists (AOP) and the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO) to represent the industry’s views to Parliament, Government, key policy makers and other stakeholders. Within this partnership, the ABDO ensures it represents and promotes the interests of all its members in Parliament, Government and the devolved institutions of the UK, lobbying for legislative changes that will ultimately benefit patients.

We respond to consultations from Government departments, regulatory agencies and other relevant bodies. We also seek to influence policy by providing parliamentarians with detailed briefings, submitting evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees and by supporting the All Party Parliamentary Group on Eye Health & Visual Impairment.

For more information, please contact the Optical Confederation public affairs team here.

  • OC Mission Statement and strategic objectivesOpen


    Our mission is to speak with a single, authoritative voice to government, influencers and decision makers for the UK optical sector.

    Strategic objectives:

    • Improve the recognition of the importance of good eye health and regular eye examinations
    • Promote the clinical skills and experience of optometrists and opticians in delivering eye health services to all
    • Promote community optical practice (both fixed and domiciliary) as an integral part of primary care and, the first point of contact for eye health
    • Promote safe and proportionate regulation, appropriate remuneration and investment, and optimum employment and career opportunities
    • We work collaboratively with others to improve the eye health and wellbeing of the peoples of the UK and to deliver our strategic objectives