SAVINGS AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
38. In this Part —
“licence”, in relation to a licensed contact lens practitioner, means the licence granted to him under the repealed Act;
“licensed contact lens practitioner” means a person who, immediately before 22nd February 2008, was holding a valid licence granted to him under the repealed Act (whether provisionally or otherwise) authorising him to practise as a contact lens practitioner under the provisions of that Act;
“repealed Act” means the Contact Lens Practitioners Act (Cap. 53A, 2002 Ed.) repealed by this Act.
—(1) Notwithstanding anything in this Act, every licensed contact lens practitioner shall be deemed to be registered as an optician and have in force a practising certificate which authorises him to carry out any practice of opticianry under this Act, subject to such conditions or restrictions that the Minister may prescribe.
(2) For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in subsection (1) shall prevent a licensed contact lens practitioner from —
applying to be registered as an optometrist; and
applying for a practising certificate to carry out any practice of optometry,
under this Act, subject to such conditions or restrictions that the Minister may prescribe.
—(1) This Act shall not apply to any investigation, proceedings or appeal commenced under the repealed Act before 22nd February 2008 and that is still pending on that date, and the provisions of the repealed Act shall continue to apply to such investigation, proceedings or appeal as if this Act had not been enacted.
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the Contact Lens Practitioners Board shall continue to exist to complete its hearing of any proceedings that are pending on 22nd February 2008 and make such order or decision as it could have made under the repealed Act.
(3) Any order or decision made by the Contact Lens Practitioners Board pursuant to the provisions of the repealed Act shall be deemed to be, and shall have the same force and effect of, an order or decision made by the Optometrists and Opticians Board under this Act.