New business standards: have your say
General Optical Council eBulletin 37
June 2018

New business standards: have your say

On 14 June we launched our consultation on new standards for optical businesses.  

The draft standards are designed to reflect changes in optical and wider healthcare practice over the last few years, including the changing scopes of practice; non-traditional business models; and the increased prevalence of multidisciplinary working as the optical sector evolves. They also reflect recent changes to our individual standards such as the inclusion of the duty of candour and the need to obtain valid consent.

To ensure that the business standards are satisfactory, we are seeking views from patients, optometrists and dispensing opticians, employers and other stakeholders.

GOC Director of Strategy, Alistair Bridge, said, “We particularly want to hear from people about how responsibilities should be shared between individual professionals and the businesses they work for, about where individuals might require further support and about any difficulties that businesses might face in meeting the new standards.”

We have also introduced a new online platform for consultations which will make responding quick and easy. We really want to hear from a wide range of people to make sure we get the new standards right, so if you’d like to reply to the consultation, you can do so by visiting the GOC Consultation Hub at

The consultation will close on 30 August 2018. We will analyse the feedback before the final version is signed off by Council in November and the new standards will replace the GOC’s Code of Conduct for Businesses from mid-2019. 

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