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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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Management of Interests Policy

This policy supports the principles of transparency and probity to maintain confidence in the GOC and protect our employees and members from any appearance of impropriety, to ensure that those who work for and on behalf of us make decisions in the best interests of the public. This means decision making is independent, fair and free from improper influence and bias. Employees and members are free to hold a range of outside personal interests including political activities and involvement, financial or otherwise with commercial, professional and other optical organisations provided that such interests do not conflict (or give rise to a conflict) with our public protection role or conflict with their role as an employee or member. This policy provides guidance on what interests must be declared, how and when to declare interest(s), how to identify and manage a conflict of interest and how we publish interests.

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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

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Working for us

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