Equality,diversity and inclusion
General Optical Council eBulletin 40
February 2019

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in all areas of our work. In exercising all our functions, it is essential to us that we operate in a fair and transparent manner and avoid any unfair barriers for our registrants or the public.

Annually we produce an equality diversity and inclusion (EDI) monitoring  report based on the EDI data we have collected from our registrants. This data is anonymised to ensure that individuals cannot be identified within the report. The data helps us understand more about the professions we regulate.

 We also use the information from the EDI monitoring report to inform how we promote EDI within our organisation and functions and to help assess if we are meeting our equality objectives. We would like to thank all registrants who provided EDI information last year, the GOC 2017/18 EDI monitoring report is available to  here .

Registration renewal for the year beginning 1 April 2019 is now open. As part of the registration process we will also be asking you to verify your EDI information.  Alternatively, if you have not given us this information before you will be asked a series of questions relating to equality and diversity. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary but helps us to measure the impact of our policies and processes. We therefore strongly encourage you to answer these questions.

Your information will be treated in the strictest confidence under the Data Protection Act 1998 and will be used for statistical analysis only. To find out more about how we approach EDI monitoring please read our EDI monitoring policy statement.

More information is set out in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy 2017-20


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