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GOC mission and values

Our mission

Our mission is to protect the public by upholding high standards in the optical professions.

Our vision

Our vision is to be recognised for delivering world-class regulation and excellent customer service.

Our values

Our values underpin the way we work with each other, and with the public, you and partner organisations:

  • We act with integrity 
  • We pursue excellence
  • We respect other people and ideas
  • We show empathy
  • We behave fairly
  • We are agile and responsive to change

For more detail on our mission and values, view our Strategic Plan for 2020-25

'Never Events' framework

Our ‘Never Events’ framework describes the events we think should never happen at the General Optical Council. It outlines our commitment to patients, the public and our registrants that it is vital to get certain things right the first time because they have such a significant impact on patient safety and protection.

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Information about our upcoming fitness to practise hearings.

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.