State boards must be on board
Fennell cautions ODs that state boards of optometry may not allow online interactive CE as live CE, regardless of COPE rule changes.
“State boards may limit the number of online hours or not allow them at all,” she says. They don’t recognize interactive CE as live. That’s why COPE has had rules. We went to state boards to tell them [of this change], and we hope they will allow this.”
She says that some states are giving their own waivers for CE.
“I am hopeful that state boards will all follow and it won’t matter if COPE allows online interactive CE or not,” she says. “If state boards allow it, then there will not be an issue as far as COPE rules.”
ODs interested in earning online interactive CE hours should contact their own state boards to ensure that the credits will be allowed.
Says Fennel: “We wanted to help and be flexible, knowing what everyone is going through right now. ARO will continue to monitor the situation and potentially extend it further if we have to.”