In order to operate an optical store in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain an Optical Store Licence by the Cyprus Optical Council, which operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Health.
The processing, production, installation and supply of optical items can only take place in licensed optical stores.
Every natural or legal person is eligible to obtain the Optical Store Licence, provided that the Cyprus Optical Council is satisfied that the following criteria are met:
- the store, for which the application is being submitted, will be established and operate within independent and self-sufficient premises;
- the manager of the optical store is a registered Optician or Technical Optician with the Cyprus Optical Council.
The Optical Store Licence Application can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the competent authority:
Cyprus Optical Council
1 Prodromou & 17 Chilonos
The application should be accompanied by the following documents:
- copy of the Certificate of Optician Registration of the owner of the optical store;
- copy of the Certificate of Optician Registration of the manager of the optical store.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within three months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted. Upon approval, the applicant needs to pay the registration fee of €34,17 (payable either by cash, cheque or bank transfer) to the Cyprus Optical Council.
The licence is valid for one year from the date of issue. The renewal fee is €34,17 (payable either by cash, cheque or bank transfer).
Obligations & Supervision
Licensed optical stores are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Law regulating the practice of the profession of Opticians of 1992, as periodically amended.
Indicatively, a sign should be posted, in a conspicuous place within each licensed optical store, indicating the optical store’s licence number, the full name of the manager and the Registry to which the manager is registered.