Annual retention deadline: 17 days to go
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GOC retention deadline - 17 days to go

Retention - webThere are now just 17 days left until the 15 March retention deadline. To date, 46 per cent of registrants are still to renew their registration for 2012-13.

Fully-qualified registrants and optical businesses must renew their GOC retention by the deadline or risk being removed from the registers, jeopardising their ability to practice.

Registrants can apply online in just a few minutes, using the MyGOC section of our website. For the first time, businesses registrants as well as individuals can apply online.

We have reduced this year’s retention fee to £260, a second consecutive decrease, thanks to continued cost saving efforts.
Philip Hallam, Head of Registration said: “Registration is a legal requirement for optical professionals and businesses. I’d encourage all registrants to apply without delay.

“Applying online only takes a few minutes and the feedback we have received indicates that the vast majority of registrants found it a quick and easy process. This year we’ve introduced the online system for businesses as well, so all our registrants can benefit from applying electronically.”

Practitioners with a total gross income of less than £12,000 per year are eligible for our low income fee of £160. The deadline for practitioners applying for the reduced income fee was 1 February, and the GOC has received 499 applications.

Any practitioner who does not apply by the 15 March 2012 deadline will face a £20 late application fee. Registrants who have still not renewed their registration by 31 March 2012, including payment of the late fee, risk being removed from the registers after 1 April 2012. They will then be unable to practise in the UK, or use a protected title such as optometrist or dispensing optician, until they have been restored to the register.


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