Issue 37, July 2018
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Welcome to eBulletin

Welcome to the July edition of the eBulletin. I’m excited to be joining the General Optical Council (GOC) as the Interim Chief Executive and Registrar while Vicky McDermott, the GOC’s permanent Chief Executive, is currently on a period of absence for personal reasons.


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New business standards: have your say

On 14 June we launched our consultation on new standards for optical businesses. To ensure that the business standards are satisfactory, we are seeking views from patients, optometrists and dispensing opticians, employers and other stakeholders. 

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Fit for the Future: have your say

We have launched a consultation to understand how to develop the current system of Continuing Education and Training (CET) so it is fit for the future. 

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Strong backing for education reform

Our Education Strategic Review is designed to ensure that optical education is up to speed and continues to be fit for purpose as the optical sector evolves. As part of this, from December 2017 to March 2018 we consulted on the concepts and principles surrounding optical education.

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Article by Guide Dogs

At Guide Dogs, we provide support to help people with sight loss move around safely and confidently, to get out of their homes and be able to live their lives the way they choose. We are best known for achieving this through our world-famous guide dogs, but our work now encompasses so much more. In recent years, we have extended our work to help people with sight loss tackle obstacles they face on a daily basis.

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Digital Communications Update

In a modern age that relies heavily on technology to keep in touch and communicate, it has become essential, to keep up with current digital communication trends. The importance of digital communication is unmistakable, which is why we have embraced the digital world and make far less use of the post. 

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2018 Love Your Lenses Week: Thank you!

2018’s Love Your Lenses week ran from 24-30 March and was even more successful than last year; and we’d like to thank all the registrants and businesses that participated and contributed to its success.

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News in Brief

Student Renewal


The time has come again for students to renew their registration with GOC in order to continue to study as an optometrist or dispensing optician .


If a student fails to renew their registration and pay the £30 fee, they may be removed from the register and from clinical training and examinations.


To renew your registration, log in to your My GOC account here. The deadline to renew is 31 August. 


Summer Photoshoot: Call for volunteers


We will be having a photoshoot this summer to produce new photos for our website and other publications. We are looking for a practice in London to volunteer the use of their practice for a morning. We would also need an optometrist and a member of the dispensing team willing to be in the photos.


In return, we will give you a DVD of the photos you can use. If you're interested, please email 


Living Wage Employer

The General Optical Council is pleased to announce it is now a Living Wage employer. A real living wage is based on what is required to live rather than the government minimum.


The current living wage in Greater London is £10.20 per hour and £8.75 in the rest of the UK.


The GOC now joins a list of over 4,200 other companies that are Living Wage employers. To find out more about living wage, visit



2016-18 CET Cycle

We are now entering the final six months of the 2016-2018 CET cycle. As such, you have until 31 December 2018 to complete and accept sufficient points to meet all of your CET requirements. All registrants must meet their target CET points over the three year cycle, with at least 50 per cent interactive points. 


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