Annual registration renewal commences In January 2019
General Optical Council eBulletin 39
December 2018

Annual registration renewal commences in January 2019


Renewal will open in late January for all optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical businesses to renew their annual General Optical Council (GOC) registration for the year beginning 1 April 2019.

The GOC register is the statutory list of the individual practitioners who are qualified and fit to practise optometry or dispensing optics in the UK. Optometrists, dispensing opticians and bodies corporate using a protected title must by law be registered with us to practise. The register gives patients and the public assurance that their practitioner is suitably qualified.

This year we have made some important updates to the registration process. Please read on to find out how these changes will affect you:

Insurance: When filling out your registration form please have your insurance details to hand you as you will need you to provide your policy expiry date.

Payment: Current registrants who pay by Direct Debit can continue to do so but must still complete an online renewal application. If currently you do not pay your registration by direct debit you will only be able to pay online. The 2019 registration fee is £350.

Education: Based on information you have already provided the registration form will now show a summary of your relevant education qualifications including educational establishments and dates. Please confirm if the information is accurate and supply any missing information. If you have not provided this information before you can do so by completing a simple online form which will be included in the online renewal application.

Equality and diversity monitoring information (EDI): We will also be asking you to verify the equality and diversity information we have in relation to you. If you have not given us this information before you will be asked a series of questions relating to equality and diversity. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary but helps us to measure the impact of our processes, practices and culture on all of our registrants. Your information will be treated in the strictest confidence under the Data Protection Act 1998 and will be used for monitoring purposes only. We are committed to promoting and developing equality and diversity in all areas of our work and ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation including the Equality Act and Public-Sector Equality Duty.

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