Registrants still in CET shortfall
General Optical Council eBulletin issue 14
January 2013

 Registrants still in CET shortfall

A small number of registrants have still not met their CET points target for the 2010-12 cycle.

All registrants must meet their points target before they can apply to renew their GOC registration.

The vast majority (96%) of GOC registrants met their target by the 31 December deadline. They have demonstrated that their knowledge and skills remain up to date and are now able to apply for retention.

However, for the 585 who have a points shortfall, time is now running out to meet their target.

Registrants who do not apply for retention by 15 March will have to pay an extra late application fee; anyone who still has not applied by 31 March will be removed from the register and unable to practise in the UK.

Linda Ford, GOC Head of Education and Standards, said: “The overwhelming majority of registrants met the CET deadline. This is a positive message for patients who can be assured their optician has kept their skills up to date and is fit to practise.

“However, those who have not met their target now need to act quickly to avoid jeopardising their ability to practise by being removed from our registers. “

Registrants with any queries about CET can contact our Education team on 020 7580 3898 (option 3).

The 2010-12 CET cycle is the last to have a points shortfall period. From the new 2013-15 cycle, practitioners will be removed from the GOC registers immediately if they miss the 31 December deadline.

Linda Ford explained, “Having two deadlines causes unnecessary confusion. In the future, registrants will be automatically removed if they miss the 31 December 2015 deadline unless there are exceptional mitigating circumstances.”



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