Issue 13, Autumn 2012
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CET deadline EMAIL

CET points deadline 31 December

All GOC registrants who want to remain on our registers next year need to be able to provide evidence of having met the required number of CET points by 31 December.


With just a few weeks until the deadline, we're urging registrants who have not yet met their points target to do so as soon as possible.

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New IT system for enhanced CET

From January, GOC registrants will be able to log their CET points and complete their online retention forms in one place.


The MyGOC area of the GOC’s website is expanding so that registrants can do both using one single login.


Find out about the new system

CET IT email

Investigation Committee 'makes sound decisions'

Our Investigation Committee has been assessed as ‘making sound decisions’ by the body which scrutinises and oversees our work.


Read about the audit in full

IC decisions EMAIL

Revamped GOC website goes mobile

You can now view the GOC website wherever you are. A re-design of the site offers a user-friendly navigation system that you can conveniently use through smartphones or tablets.


Read more about the revamped website

Website goes mobile EMAIL

Beware of bogus calls

We have heard reports of organisations calling registrants asking for personal 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.


Find out more


Bogus calls EMAIL

Fewer students removed

On 1 September we removed 199 students from our registrants for failure to apply for retention. This was down from 217 the year before, and well below the 386 removed in 2010, the final year before the introduction of online retention.


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Fewer students removed EMAIL

Crisis seeks volunteers

Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, are seeking volunteers for Crisis at Christmas. They are looking for optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical assistants to help run their opticians service this year.


Find out more or volunteer

Crisis EMAIL

News in brief

Student roadshows


We have now completed our ‘student roadshow’ season. During September and October we visited first year students at each of the training institutions which teach courses leading to GOC registration.


The roadshows have two purposes. We speak to new students about registration and what it means to be part of a regulated profession, and we also collect their registration forms and fees.



Carrots NightWalk


Congratulations to Team GOC on raising over £1,000 for research into sight-threatening conditions on Fight for Sight’s Carrots Nightwalk. It’s not too late to donate to this great cause, just visit


Samantha Peters said, “It was great to see the sights of London together, and being sent off by Paralympic champion Chris Holmes, who lost his sight at the age of 14, really helped us understand how good a cause we were supporting.”


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