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GOC recognised as meeting all the Standards of Good Regulation

The General Optical Council (GOC) has been recognised as ‘maintaining its performance as an effective regulator’ by the body which oversees its work - press release

News from Council 14 May

News from our 14 May Council meeting including our financial performance for the year 2013/14 - press release

Samantha Peters' speech to Optical Confederation Conference

GOC Chief Executive and Registrar Samantha Peters spoke to the Optical Confederation Conference about the UK Law Commissions' draft Bill on the regulation of health and social care professionals.

GOC recruiting for committees

The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a campaign to recruit three new members for its advisory committees - press release

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

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