Issue 23, March 2015
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Standards 110

GOC standards review consultation

We have just launched a consultation on new standards of practice for optometrists and dispensing opticians, and invite you to get involved and provide us with feedback.


The new standards of practice bring together in one place, and in an easy-to-digest format, all the information registrants need to understand what we expect of them. They will also make it much easier for patients to understand the standards they should expect from their optician.


Click below to find out more about the consultation and for details on how to respond.


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Online contact lens supply

We have now formed a stakeholder steering group to develop a code of practice for online contact lens suppliers and raise public awareness of how to buy and wear contact lenses safely, including the importance of following aftercare advice and having regular check-ups.


The stakeholder group is comprised of sixteen members from across the optical sector, including representatives from various professional bodies , an online contact lens supplier and several consumer representatives. It met for the first time in February and is chaired by GOC Council member Dr Rob Hogan.

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CL 110

New Council members appointed

We have appointed Glenn Tomison and Rosie Glazebrook to join our Council. Glenn, a registered dispensing optician , joins as a registrant member of Council while Rosie has been appointed as a lay member . Both started their terms of office on 1 January 2015.


Speaking on their appointments, GOC Chair, Gareth Hadley, said: “I am delighted to welcome Glenn and Rosie. Both possess considerable experience and expertise and I look forward to working with them."

Glenn and Rosie replaced James Russell and Morag Alexander, whose terms finished on 31 December.


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Council recruitment 110

News in brief



We will be exhibiting at Optrafair on 18 – 20 April. We encourage all attending to come visit us in the Association Lounge and discuss our standards review, illegal practice strategy, CET or any other topics you would like more information on.


We will also be holding focus groups centred on our standards review which we invite you to participate in, that you can register for on the Optrafair website.




The initial deadline to apply for GOC retention for 2015/16 has now passed. Any applications between now and March 31 will incur a £20 late fee on top of the retention fee of £310.


If you have not applied already, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Anybody who has not applied by 31 March will be removed from our registers and unable to practise until they have applied for restoration





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