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FTC RIN: 3084-AB36 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Contact Lens Rule 

The FTC promulgated the Contact Lens Rule (Rule) pursuant to the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA), Public Law 108-164 (December 6, 2003), which was enacted to enable consumers to purchase contact lenses from the seller of their choice. The Rule became effective on August 2, 2004. As mandated by the FCLCA, the Rule requires contact lens prescribers to provide prescriptions to their patients upon the completion of a contact lens fitting, and verify contact lens prescriptions to contact lens sellers authorized by consumers to seek such verification. Sellers may provide contact lenses only in accordance with a valid prescription that is directly presented to the seller or verified with the prescriber. 


As part of its ongoing systematic review of all Federal Trade Commission rules and guides, on September 3, 2015, the Commission requested public comments on, among other things, the economic impact and benefits of the Rule; possible conflict between the Rule and State, local, or other Federal laws or regulations; and the effect on the Rule of any technological, economic, or other industry changes. The comment period closed on October 26, 2015. Commission staff has completed review of the 660 comments received from consumers, eye care professionals, industry members, trade associations, and consumer advocacy groups and is formulating next steps.

Agency: Federal Trade Commission(FTC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 16 CFR 315   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 7601 to 7610   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Rule Review, Request for Public Comments  09/03/2015  80 FR 53272   
Rule Review Comment Period Closed  10/26/2015 
Formulating Next Steps  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Previously reported as 3084-AA95 
Agency Contact:
Alysa Bernstein
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, CC-10528,
Washington, DC 20580
Phone:202 326-3289