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Registering a body corporate

A body corporate is a limited company or limited liability partnership that has been incorporated with Companies House.

Do I need to register with the GOC?

You must register with the GOC if you intend to use any of the following protected titles in your company or trading name: ophthalmic optician, the title of optometrist , the title of dispensing optician , or the title of registered optician when it is not registered; or takes or uses any name, title, addition or description falsely implying that it is registered.

Title permission letter

You will not be able to incorporate your business with Companies House if you are intending to use a protected title unless you receive a title permission letter from our Registration team. To request one please email registration@optical.org

You will also have to meet the eligibility requirements for registration which are set out at section 2 of the application form to register.

If you use a protected title and do not register you shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine. If you are unsure if your body corporates falls into this category you should seek your own independent legal advice.

You may register with the GOC if you are not using a protected title so long as you satisfy the registration requirements, specifically those which are set out at section 2 of the application form.

You cannot be registered with the GOC if you do not satisfy the registration requirements, specifically those set out at section 2 of the application form.

If you require any assistance completing your registration form please contact the Registration team at registration@optical.org or on 020 7580 3898 (option 1).

Application form

The form can be found here

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