For Immediate Release
‘Cosmetic’ Contact Lenses As Class II Medical Devices
OTTAWA, July 30, 2015 – Eye and vision health professionals (ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians) commend the Federal Ministry of Health and Health Canada on their decision to advance regulations that will require the same medical device safety standards for non-corrective or ‘cosmetic’ contact lenses as prescription or corrective contact lenses, in accordance with Private Member’s Bill C-313, An Act to Amend the Food and Drugs Act (non-corrective contact lenses). The Canadian Ophthalmological Society, the Canadian Association of Optometrists and the Opticians Association of Canada have been working together to advocate for this change for over ten years. All three organizations look forward to continuing to collaborate with the Federal Government and Health Canada to help inform the guidance documents which will set forth the regulations. The new regulations relating to non-corrective contact lenses are set to come into effect July 16, 2016.