About the ACLM

The ACLM was established in 1962 to publicise the work of UK manufacturers, to develop new products and to raise standards. Since then the scale and diversity of contact lens manufacturing has grown exponentially, the marketplace has become international, and the commercial pressures have become increasingly diverse.

Today the ACLM represents the manufacturers of over 95% of all prescription contact lenses and lens care products in the UK. The Association has followed much of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)’s Trade Association model. It has an elected board, full time secretariat and regular meetings of members, technical committees and other sub-groups. It places great emphasis on collating and producing market statistics, lobbying Government departments and agencies and providing a cohesive voice for its members. The boundaries between many clinical and commercial issues have all but disappeared and so the Association uses every opportunity to combine with other optical bodies in support of the profession.