Law Commission consults on future regulation
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Law Commission considers future of regulation

Law Comm-webRegistrants 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 healthcare regulators operate. The review will affect all nine UK healthcare regulators.

The Government commissioned the Law Commission to conduct the review in order to simplify the existing laws. Our staff have been working closely with the Law Commission to consider the principles which should guide any future legislation.

Issues of particular relevance to the GOC could include the future regulation of students and businesses. The scope of our powers will also be considered.

GOC chief executive and registrar Samantha Peters said: “This new legislation must deliver modern healthcare regulation capable of meeting all the challenges we face in the years to come. That can only be achieved with extensive engagement from both professionals and patients.

“For that reason, we have actively encouraged everyone across optics to engage with the Law Commission’s consultation, and continue to do so. It is essential that the Commission is suitably informed by both the optical profession and the wider public feeding in their knowledge and expertise to this critical and influential consultation.”

We will respond to the consultation by the 31 May deadline, and make our response public on our website.

The changes will need to go through Parliament in order to be passed, which the Government hopes will happen by 2014.

If you have any questions about the review, please contact our policy team.


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