As the statutory regulator for the optical professions, it is our duty to be informed about matters relating to a registrant’s character, behaviour or judgement, and health matters that may impair a registrant’s fitness to practice.
Registrants must declare all criminal convictions, cautions and disciplinary proceedings on their registration, retention and/ or restoration form. This includes minor misdemeanours, but not road traffic offences dealt with by way of a fixed penalty notice.
Registrants must also declare any health matters which may currently impair their fitness to practice. The GOC makes no assumption that a person with a disability or someone with a long-term physical or mental health condition would pose a risk to the public while working as an optometrist or dispensing optician .
You can find declarations guidance below:
Declarations for bodies corporate
Declarations guidance for fully-qualified registrants
Declarations guidance for student registrants
All declarations are reviewed, in strict confidence, by our Registrar.
Criminal offence declarations are dealt with on a case-by-case basis in line with our protocol:
Protocol on the Handling of Criminal Convictions Disclosed by Registrants
Health declarations are dealt with on a case-by-case basis as set out in the above declarations guidance documents.
If a registrant fails to declare any matter that subsequently comes to light, it could become a material consideration in a Fitness to Practise hearing.
What to declare
- Spent sentences, cautions, and any matters currently under investigation.
- Any conviction, caution or investigation in relation to a criminal offence apart from matters which have been previously declared (unless our Registrar has specifically asked the registrant to declare them again).
- Road traffic offences (speeding, parking fines) except where the matter has been dealt with by way of a ‘fixed penalty notice’ – such matters do not constitute a criminal conviction.
- NB This type of offence must be recorded but will not in itself jeopardise registration with us.
- Investigations or determinations by any of the other UK health regulatory bodies, as well as by a primary care organisation.
- Any health matters which may currently impair a registrant's fitness to practice.