Restoring to the registers
If an optometrist or dispensing optician has been removed from the registers for failing for apply for retention, but they want to continue practising, they must apply to rejoin the registers. This is called ‘restoration’, or ‘restoring to the registers’.
If an optometrist or dispensing optician has been off the registers for a period of time eg for a career break or maternity leave, they must also apply for restoration. If an optician continues to practise but is not registered with us, they are breaking the law.
If you have previously been registered as a student optometrist or student dispensing optician and you are recommencing your studies or practical training, you will need to apply for restoration.
Restoration guidance for fully qualified registrants.
Restoration guidance for students.
Restoration guidance for body corporates
If you have any queries, contact our registration team on 020 7580 3898 (option 1), Monday-Thursday 09.00-17.00, Fridays 09.00-16.45; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our service commitment
Correctly completed applications for restoration will be processed within five working days of receipt, except where a declaration has been provided, or where the application is for restoration following erasure by a Fitness to Practise committee.