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GOC welcomes draft Law Commissions Bill

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today welcomed the UK Law CommissionsÂ’ draft Bill on the regulation of health and social care professions. The GOC hopes the Government will introduce the Bill to Parliament later this year - press release

Nockolds take over complaints service for optical consumers

Nockolds have today started work as the new provider of the Optical Consumer Complaints Service (OCCS). The firm will provide a free and impartial mediation service for both consumers and registrants - press release

New Fitness to Practise Rules come into force

New Fitness to Practise Rules intended to speed up the handling of complaints received by the General Optical Council (GOC) came into force today. The GOC has also announced the appointment of 15 case examiners who will play a central role in the new process - press release

GOC publishes final version of new strategic plan

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published the final version of its strategic plan for the next three years following a public consultation. The new strategic plan will come into force on 1 April - press release

10,000 registrants complete peer review

The General Optical Council (GOC) has revealed that over 10,000 registrants have now undertaken peer review as part of their Continued Education and Training (CET) - press release

GOC reveals proposed approach to tackling illegal practice

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched a consultation on its approach to tackling illegal practice. The strategy covers all types of illegal practice prohibited by the Opticians Act 1989, from misrepresentation of title to online contact lens sales that do not comply with UK law - press release

GOC seeks input for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Scheme

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched a consultation seeking feedback on its proposed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Scheme - press release

News from Council 12 February 2014

News from our 12 February Council meeting including our strategic plan, illegal practice strategy and the appointment of Nockolds to run our consumer complaints service - press release

Nockolds Solicitors to run consumer complaints service

The GOC has appointed Nockolds Solicitors to run its independent mediation service for optical consumers from 1 April 2014. Nockolds were the successful candidate in an open tender process launched last year - press release

97 per cent of GOC registrants meet CET target

The vast majority (97 per cent) of optometrists and dispensing opticians have met their annual Continuing Education and Training (CET) points requirement for 2013, demonstrating that they have kept their skills and knowledge up to date so that they can continue to provide high quality patient care - press release

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