COPE Achieves Substantial Equivalency with ACCME.

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The COPE Accreditation Process has Changed

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Welcome to the website of the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO). ARBO's web site is designed to provide resources to regulatory boards of optometry throughout the world.

State/Provincial/Territorial Boards of Optometry serve as the licensing and regulatory arm of the optometric profession by formulating rules and regulations that govern and enforce the laws that grant the privilege to practice optometry, which are enacted by state legislatures.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry is to represent and assist member licensing agencies in regulating the practice of optometry for the public welfare.


Optometrists can review their continuing education (CE) attendance data anytime from anywhere. They can view their course history and print a transcript or paper certificates.


The Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE), a nationally recognized accreditation program for optometric continuing education (CE) courses, was developed to assist ARBO's member boards in the accreditation of optometric CE necessary for license renewal.

The Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) has been made aware of social media reports regarding an alleged security incident affecting doctors of optometry and optometry students (among others) that has resulted in the opening or attempted opening of Chase credit accounts. ARBO conducted an internal investigation and concluded that its database was not the source of any alleged security incident. As an extra precaution, ARBO engaged an external consultant to perform a forensic analysis. This external consultant found no evidence of unauthorized attacks on or acquisitions of sensitive personal information from ARBO’s database or web server and concluded that ARBO was not the source of any alleged security incident.

ARBO encourages everyone to take the necessary steps to determine if their personal information has been affected by contacting Chase at 888-247-4080 (Amazon Rewards Chase card contact number) or 877-470-9042 (Chase Fraud contact number) or In addition, individuals may also consider reviewing their current credit reports at Additional information regarding protecting your personal information and reporting fraud can be found at:

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