The six largest European producers of information technology for opticians and optometrists have formed the Optic Software Vendors Association (OSVA) with a goal of creating and promoting stable and up-to-date IT standards for the European optical market. The companies involved are Bludata, Cristallin, IPRO, Ocuco, Retail Planit and Temáticam, which together represent more than 22,000 practices equipped with their software.

Representatives of the companies said that, by working together, they could create standards far more quickly than if each company tried to do it alone. They will compile information on their experiences in the U.K., France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Germany. The OSVA also plans to work on joint R&D projects, and will cross-distribute software products.