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GOC mission and values

Our Mission

To protect and promote the health and safety of the public.

Our Values

We are responsible, forward thinking and principled


We inspire confidence because:

  • We make clear, well-reasoned, evidence based decisions
  • We account for our actions and are open to scrutiny
  • We apply our resources in a targeted and proportionate manner
Forward thinking

We make a difference because:

  • We pursue defined goals and measure our results 
  • We are progressive, innovative and agile in our ways of working
  • We achieve and deliver more by working collaboratively
  • We are a learning organisation committed to continuous improvement

We build trust because:

  • We gain respect through our credibility, integrity and high standards
  • We listen openly, act responsively and communicate honestly 
  • We behave consistently and fairly to everyone
  • We foster a positive and productive culture

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Our Council

Our Council

The General Optical Council is composed of 12 members

Working for us

Working for us

Healthcare regulation in the UK is currently undergoing reform and modernisation – so this is an exciting time to join us.