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General Optical Council eBulletin 31
April 2017

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Dear registrant

Welcome to the April 2017 edition of eBulletin. It has been a busy first quarter for the GOC - particularly over the past month with our renewal period in full swing - and we have a lot to update you on in this issue. 

Our Love Your Lenses campaign got everyone talking about contact lens safety during the week of 25-31 March. Stakeholders from across the sector shared tips and advice about good contact lens care.

Renewal for fully qualified registrants and bodies corporate closed on 31 March and I would like to congratulate all of our registrants who renewed their registration for 2017-18; over 99% of you renewed by the deadline. Student registrants will be able to apply to renew their registration from Tuesday 25 April 2017 and we urge you to complete this process before the deadline of Saturday 15 July 2017. 

When we consulted on our new Standards of Practice that came into force in 2016, many of you requested further guidance relating to consent. We have now published that guidance, and it will support you in applying the standard relating to obtaining valid consent in practice. 

Our formal call for evidence on our Education Strategic Review has now closed and we have received almost 60 responses from across the sector. We will be publishing a report summarising the responses and during the next phase of the review we will continue to engage with stakeholders as we begin to draw up some concrete proposals. 

Also in this edition, SeeAbility, the UK charity that supports people with sight loss and multiple disabilities, share their practical pointers and advice for the optical sector in delivering a more equal right to sight. 

Finally, thank you to our registrants who promptly alerted us to an email that had been sent out in error due to a fault with our IT systems. We apologise for any inconvenience that this caused and would like to thank you all for your cooperation. 

With best wishes,

Samantha Peters
Chief Executive and Registrar




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Welcome to eBulletin

Love Your Lenses

Fully qualified and student renewal

Consent guidance

Education Strategic Review

Article from SeeAbility

Article from the Information Commissioner’s Office 

News in brief

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