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  • Clinical Placement Expansion Project

    The Clinical Placement Expansion Fund is a fantastic opportunity to develop a bespoke portal of resources, allowing students to gain confidence and expertise in clinical decision making despite clinical placement limitations. Although this will [...]

  • COVID-19 / Coronavirus – Member Guidance

    Below you will find guidance on working and keeping safe, as well as updates on the effect of this on BIOS events and ongoing work. We hope you find this helpful but please do [...]

  • Child Vision Screening

    BIOS supports the provision of orthoptic led vision screening for 4-5 year olds being made mandatory across the UK and Ireland. Less than half of local authorities in England currently offer vision screening following [...]

  • I See The Difference

    I See The Difference looks to raise awareness of careers in orthoptics, highlighting the diverse and fascinating work done by Orthoptists. Find out how you can get involved to promote the profession. [...]


Who we are

The British and Irish Orthoptic Society is the professional body for Orthoptists. Orthoptists are registered Allied Health Professionals regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK and CORU will be the regulator in the Republic of Ireland.

  • BIOS was founded in 1937 and is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

  • BIOS is affiliated to the Allied Health Professionals Federation, a group made up of 12 bodies representing more than 158,000 workers in the UK.
  • BIOS is also a member of the International Orthoptic Association and OCE.
  • BIOS members in the UK are also automatically trade union members of the British Orthoptic Society Trade Union (BOSTU).

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