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Quality Assurance Visits

We periodically visit higher education training institutions and providers of assessments in optics that lead to registration with the GOC. 

Quality Assurance (QA) visits enable us to assess whether the standard of education and assessment offered gives sufficient assurance that students have achieved adequate skills and knowledge to practise safely. After each visit we produce a report of the findings which includes any recommendations for improvement. Each visit is carried out by our visitor panel.

A list of our accredited providers and visit reports can be viewed here.


Education Handbooks  

The Education Handbooks containing the GOC requirements and procedures relating to the accreditation and quality assurance of education and training programmes are available to download. 

Acrobat Reader icon Optometry Handbook 2015

Acrobat Reader icon Dispensing Handbook 2011

Acrobat Reader icon Contact Lens Handbook 2007

Acrobat Reader icon Independent Prescribing Handbook 2008

Acrobat Reader icon Supervision policy          

Education Visit Procedures

Acrobat Reader icon Visit Process Policy and Procedure

Acrobat Reader icon Release of Education Visit Reports Policy and Procedure













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Log CET points

Log CET points

Use the MyGOC area of our website to log CET points or find events in your local area



Click on the link below for more information and requirements for the 2016-18 CET cycle.

Careers in eyecare

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