221 registrants removed over failure to apply for retention
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GOC removes 221 registrants over failure to apply for retention

Removals-webWe removed 195 practitioners and 26 bodies corporate from our registers for failing to apply for 2012-13 retention – just 1% of the registers.

Ninety-three optometrists and 102 dispensing opticians were removed after missing the second deadline of 31 March. It is a criminal offence to test sight, fit contact lenses or low vision aids or dispense to children under 16 while not on the appropriate register.

Philip Hallam, GOC head of registration, said: “This year, as in previous years, the vast majority of our registrants applied for retention on time. This underlines to both the public and the optical professions that our registrants understand the importance of GOC registration and the responsibilities that come with it. Only a small number failed to apply on time, and they have now left themselves unable to practise until they restore to our registers.”

In total, 96.8% of registrants renewing their registration used the MyGOC online retention system, an increase from 94.8% last year. Philip Hallam added, “The MyGOC system has made it quicker and easier than ever before to apply for GOC retention. Registrants should remember they can log in throughout the year to download a payment receipt, update their contact details or download a personalised logo to display their GOC registration to patients.”

Bodies corporate were able to renew their registration online for the first time this year. The system was introduced for individual registrants last year.


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