General Assembly

The ECOO General Assembly is a meeting of national delegations of the members of ECOO. The General Assembly is the highest decision making body of the association. It meets twice a year, in spring and in autumn.

The Executive Committee

The strategic leadership and decision-making body is the Executive committee, which is elected by the General Assembly and led by the President.


Dr Matjaž Mihelčič (Slovenia)


Peter Gumpelmayer (Germany)

Chair of the Professional Services Committee

Sylwia Kropacz-Sobkowiak (Poland)

Chair of the European Qualifications Board

Dr Julie-Anne Little (UK)

Secretary General

Fabienne Eckert (Brussels)

Secretary of the Professional Services Committee

Pavel Šebek (Czech Republic)

Thematic Committees

The Executive Committee is supported by two elected thematic Committees:


Public Affairs and Economic Committee

Economic and commercial matters as well as with specific legislative and non-legislative EU dossiers.

  • Jesus Garcia Poyatos (Spain) – Chair
  • Christian Müller (Germany)
  • Zsolt Szabadi (Hungary)
  • David Hewlett (Ireland)
  • Luiza Maria Krasucka (Poland)
  • Raúl Alberto Ribeiro Correia de Sousa (Portugal)
  • Hans Torvald Haugo (Norway)
  • Elaine Grisdale (UK) – Secretary

Professional Services Committee

Development of the profession in terms of the scope of practice of optometry and optics in the member countries.

  • Sylwia Kropacz-Sobkowiak (Poland) – Chair
  • Stephan Hirschfeld (Germany)
  • Martin O’Brien (Ireland)
  • Gabriëlle Janssen (The Netherlands)
  • Ignacio José Costa González (Spain)
  • Iwan Zanchetta (Switzerland)
  • Peter Gavin Black (United Kingdom)
  • Pavel Šebek (Czech Republic) – Secretary

European Qualifications Board

With the activities of the ECOO Accreditation Agency the European Qualifications Board has been set-up and is responsible for the European Diploma in Optometry and the European Qualification in Optics including their performance, content and recognition.

Fabienne Eckert

  • Dr Julie-Anne Little – Chair
  • Dr Bente Monica Aakre*
  • Fiona Anderson*
  • Dr Andreas Berke
  • Dr Roger Crelier*
  • Ignacio José Costa González
  • Dr Vincent Gautier
  • Peter Gumpelmayer
  • Dr José Manuel González Meijome *
  • Dr Sigrid Müller-Schotte *
  • Gustav Pöltner*

*Member of Expert Group


Constitutional documents

ECOO is governed by its statutes and Rules of Procedure: