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Standards for optical businesses

New Business Standards - taking effect from 1 October 2019

Bus Stds coverOn 1 October 2019, our Code of Conduct will be replaced by new Business Standards. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with them between now and 1 October so that you are clear about what our expectations of registered businesses are. You can read more about the consultation and engagement we undertook in developing the new Standards in the report at the bottom of the page.




Current Code of Conduct for Business Registrants - in place until 30 September 2019

GOC code of conduct for business registrantsWe have a legal duty to set the standards expected of optical businesses which explain what we require of our business registrants. These include standards related to behaviour and performance.






Practice guidance 

Guidance on complex areas of practice to assist you in applying your professional judgement to meet our standards is available here

Legislation affecting practice

Information on the legislation affecting your practice is available here

Business Standards consultation report

Acrobat Reader icon GOC consultation on Standards for Optical Businesses

To find out more about the consultation, visit the GOC Consultation Hub



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Standards of practice

Standards of practice

Our standards of practice explain what is expected of our registrants.  

What to expect

What to expect

What standards should patients be able to expect from their optician?