Issue 10, April 2012
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New CET will be available nationwide

Registrants in all locations will be able to get the CET points they require when our enhanced scheme launches in January 2013.


From next year, practitioners will have to complete their CET through a wider variety of learning methods. 


Read about how we will make CET available all over the country

Law Commission considers future of regulation

Registrants and the public have been given the opportunity to influence the future of healthcare regulation.


On 1 March, the Law Commission opened a consultation on future changes to the legislation which governs how UK healthcare regulators operate. 

Read about the Law Commission review and get involved

Law Comm-email

Mandie Lavin appointed permanent GOC director of regulation

Mandie Lavin has been appointed as our new permanent director of regulation.


Mandie said, “I am delighted to be joining the GOC on a permanent basis at this exciting time. The Law Commission review gives us and our stakeholders a tremendous opportunity to shape the future of optical regulation.”

Find out more about Mandie's background

Mandie - EMAIL

Health and Social Care Bill becomes law

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 has now come into effect after receiving Royal Assent. The Act makes significant changes to the NHS in England.

For optics, the key development is that the new NHS Commissioning Board will be responsible for commissioning General Ophthalmic Services.


Read about the Act's effects on optics

Health Act-email

GOC consults on new Fitness to Practise Rules

We are currently consulting on one further change to our Fitness to Practise Rules before they come into effect.


Where we had proposed that our registrar should review decisions not to refer registrants to the fitness to practise committee, a number of respondents felt that our new case examiners should have this role instead. 


Get involved in the consultation here



GOC removes 221 registrants over failure to apply for retention

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


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


Read this year's retention stats here


Help create a future everyone can see

If you’re looking for a fitness challenge, or you or a loved one has been affected by sight loss, please consider participating in the ‘Carrots NightWalk – See London in the Dark 2012’ on 21 September.


This fun night-time sponsored walk is Fight for Sight’s flagship fundraising event, helping to raise thousands of pounds for research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease.

Read more about the walk here


News in brief

Budget set


Our Council has now agreed our budget for 2012/13, based on the lower retention fee of £260.


This was the second year in a row that we have cut our annual retention fee. We are committed to maintaining downward pressure on our retention fees.


Bogus calls


We have recently received reports that registrants have been contacted by an organisation identifying itself as the GOC, which is requesting information from registrants.


At the present time, we are not undertaking any general telephone surveys or requests for information. If you are not sure whether a call is genuinely from the GOC, or you are in any way concerned about the nature of the call, please end the call and ring us on 020 7580 3898.


We have contacted the company concerned, and asked them not to use our name in their communcations.




Our next public Council meeting takes place on Wednesday 25 April at 9:30.


Further details of the meeting are available on our website.

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