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Standards for optical students

Standards for Optical Students (from 1 April 2016)

GOC Standards for Optical StudentsWe have a legal duty to register, and set the standards expected of optical students. Our Standards define the standards of behaviour and performance we expect of all registered student optometrists and student dispensing opticians.

The new Standards of Practice for Optical Students came in to effect on 1 April 2016, replacing the previous Code of Conduct for Individual Registrants. 

It is a requirement for all students enrolled on a General Optical Council-accredited course in optometry or dispensing optics to be registered throughout their period of training and to follow the standards outlined in this document. Once a student’s training is complete and they register as a practising optical professional, they will then be expected to meet the separate Standards of Practice for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians.

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


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