Issue 19, March 2014
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Final chance to renew GOC registration before deadline

Registrants are reminded that this is their last chance to apply to renew their registration for 2014/15 without having to pay the late application fee.


The retention deadline is 15 March.


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New FTP Rules to speed up process

New Fitness to Practise Rules due to come into force on 1 April will cut the time taken to resolve complaints, helping us to better protect the public while also reducing the burden of long investigations on registrants.


Mandie Lavin, Director of Regulation, said: “The new Rules will help us speed up the fitness to practise process, allowing us to better protect the public and reduce the burden on registrants of what can be a long and stressful process."


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2014 look ahead

Samantha Peters, CEO and Registrar of the General Optical Council, gives her perspective on the upcoming year in optics.


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97 per cent of registrants hit CET target

The vast majority (97 per cent) of registrants have met their annual CET points requirement for 2013. This is the first time that an annual requirement has been set, with registrants needing to earn at least six points towards the total of 36 required for the 2013-15 cycle.


Only 580 registrants (3 per cent) failed to meet their target for the year, with 258 not gaining any points at all. A further 224 registrants gained sufficient points but did not formally accept them in their online CET portfolio. If you are in this situation we urge you to log in immediately to accept your points so they can be counted towards your annual requirement.


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Nockolds to run consumer complaints service

We have appointed Nockolds to run our independent mediation service for optical consumers from 1 April 2014. Nockolds were the successful candidate in an open tender process launched last year.


The mediation service for optical consumers does not have formal powers but acts as a mediator in disputes between consumers and practitioners. For example, the service may help consumers resolve customer service issues such as obtaining refunds for faulty glasses. The service can also advise registrants who receive consumer complaints.


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Current consultations

We are currently consulating on our strategy to tackle illegal practice, and our proposed equality, diveristy and inclusion scheme.


You can view and respond to these consultations via our website.

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News in brief

Statements on student and business regulation

We have released detailed statements about the future of both student and business regulation following the consultations we ran in 2013, the initial outcomes of which were reported in November 2013’s eBulletin.

You can read the statements on our website.

MHRA statement on fluorescein strips


The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have released a public statement regarding the use of CE-marked fluorescein ophthalmic strips.


The statement confirms that, pending a decision at the European level, no regulatory action will be taken by the MHRA to stop CE-marked strips being marketed or supplied for diagnostic purposes. 

We welcome that the MHRA have made their position on this issue public. Our own position statement is available on our website

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GOC Chief Executive and Registrar explains new FTP Rules 

Samantha Peters, GOC Chief Executive and Registrar, speaks to Optometry Today about the new Fitness to Practice Rules. She explains how the new Rules, which come into effect on 1 April, will speed up the way we deal with complaints.

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