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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 Schemes for Registration Handbook

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

Acrobat Reader icon Procedure for handling complaints about programmes and qualifications approved by the GOC
 

Annual Monitoring Reports

Summaries of our previous annual monitoring reports can be found below:

Acrobat Reader icon Dispensing Annual Monitoring Report Summary 2012-13

Acrobat Reader icon Optometry Annual Monitoring Report Summary 2012-13

Acrobat Reader icon Dispensing Annual Monitoring Report Summary 2011-12

Acrobat Reader icon Optometry Annual Monitoring report summary 2011-12

Acrobat Reader icon Dispensing Annual Monitoring Report Summary 2010-11

Acrobat Reader icon Optometry Annual Monitoring Report Summary 2010/11

Acrobat Reader icon Optometry Annual Monitoring Report Summary 2009/10  

Acrobat Reader icon Dispensing Annual Monitoring Report Summary 2009/10

Acrobat Reader icon Dispensing Annual Monitoring Report Summary 2008-09

Acrobat Reader icon Optometry Annual Monitoring Report Summary 2008-09  

  

 

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