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Our role in standards

As the regulator for the optical professions in the UK, we have statutory responsibility for setting standards for optometrists, dispensing opticians, optical students and optical businesses. This is set out in our Standards Framework, which makes clear that our standards should always be the first point of reference for our registrants:

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We set standards in five areas (please click links for further details):

If you are a patient, you can read further information in the booklet below on what to expect when you go for a consultation with your optician:

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For details of our ongoing Standards Strategic Review, please visit this page.




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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?