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Conduct and standards

Code of Conduct

We expect all members to behave in accordance with our values and accepted standards of public service. The Code provides guidance to assist members in undertaking their duties and outlines corporate and individual responsibilities of the Council and our statutory duty to promote, protect and maintain the health and safety of the public.

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Anti-financial crime policy

This policy defines financial crime and provides examples which can be used to recognise such activity.  It sets out our expectations in relation to the prevention, detection and reporting of financial crime and the consequences of non-compliance with the policy.

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Management of Interests Policy

We are committed to ensuring well defined and transparent arrangements for managing conflicts of interest, both real and perceived, in order to demonstrate to the public and stakeholders that our decisions are made in the best interests of the public. This policy provides guidance on what interests must be declared; how and when to declare interests; how to identify and manage conflicts of interest; and how interests will be published.

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Gifts and Hospitality Policy

This policy provides guidance on what is and is not acceptable in relation to gifts and hospitality; how and when you should make a declaration; and what you should do if you need to report a concern and how that concern will be investigated.

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The General Optical Council is composed of 12 members

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