What is “Secretariat of healthcare Professional Boards”?

With effect from 1 Jan 2020, the Optometrists and Opticians Board (OOB) is supported by the Secretariat of healthcare Professional Boards (SPB) for its secretariat and operational functions. The registration and regulation of Optometrists and Opticians continue to be governed by OOB. OOB retains autonomy and independence over professional and statutory matters, as provided for under the Optometrists and Opticians Act.