Members’ Meetings

The regular (normally biannual) Members’ Meetings provide the forum for ensuring that while the Board of directors oversee the day to day running of OSA, members are involved in all aspects of OSA’s planning.

These meetings offer the opportunity for members to receive industry specific presentations, provide the opportunity to network with colleagues and keep up to date with developments in optical supplying. OSA encourages member collaboration and these meetings are a perfect opportunity for membership input into the organisation.

The last Members’ Meeting was held on 20 October 2021 via Zoom. There was a full update from the Chair on what had been an extremely busy 2021! The meeting discussed the MHRA consultation which OSA were preparing a response on and received an update on sustainability and environmental issues from the OSA Sustainability Committee Chair. There was also general discussions on member benefits and progress on property investment, as well plans on holding a meeting to assist members on the problems faced by goods being held up in customs and delays in receiving goods from Europe.

The next OSA Members’ Meetings are scheduled for 23 March and 19 October 2022 with full details to be announced soon.

Focus Groups

OSA members can belong to any of the current Focus Group: Equipment, Frames and Lens. As OSA appeals to a wider range of companies it is anticipated that more Focus Groups will be established.

OSA members supply the UK optical market place. Focus groups ensure that each specific area is promoted to each sector accordingly via training and communication. Each focus group has meetings throughout year and members are kept informed on when they take place. Contact [email protected] for information.

The Focus Groups are currently prioritising the following issues:

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.

The Frames group will meet to ensure that OSA and 100% Optical continue to meet the needs of eyewear manufacturers and businesses.

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).