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General Optical Council eBulletin 26
December 2015

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Dear registrant,

Welcome to your final eBulletin of 2015. As we come to the end of the year, we also come to the end of the 2013-15 CET cycle. I have personally received a lot of positive feedback from registrants about the enhanced CET scheme, and it is pleasing to hear that the scheme is helping so many. I would like to use this opportunity to urge anybody who is yet to do so to check their MyCET account and make sure they have met all their requirements.

If you have not met your CET requirements by 31 December, you may be removed from the register and then be unable to practise. To date, 17,500 registrants have met their requirement, leaving 17 per cent still to do so. As we enter the final weeks of the cycle, we are seeing a higher rate of registrants meeting their requirements, with over 800 registrants completing their outstanding requirements in the past week. Completing your CET is hugely important and I encourage everybody to read our article on this and make sure you meet any outstanding requirements as soon as possible.

As we move in to the New Year, we will also see our new Standards of Practice come in to effect in April. You will already have received these via email, with a paper copy to arrive on your door mat in a few weeks. The Standards are important in helping you in your work, and I am pleased that we received such a high response rate from registrants during our public consultation. As part of our consultation, 82 per cent of registrants surveyed said they supported our approach to the new Standards.

To help you with the transition from the existing Code of Conduct to the new Standards, we have prepared a short video guide – see the article on the new Standards for the link. The video helpfully outlines and guides you through the changes to make sure you are fully prepared for their implementation. I strongly urge you to watch the video and ensure you are familiar with the new Standards ahead of their launch.

Finally, I’d like to finish by wishing all registrants a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Kind regards,

Samantha Peters
GOC chief executive and registrar



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