More research and engagement ahead of student changes
General Optical Council eBulletin 18
November 2013

More research and engagement ahead of student changes

We may change the way we regulate student optometrists and dispensing opticians. However, Council has agreed that more research and engagement with stakeholders is needed before we produce concrete proposals.

We consulted from July to October on proposals to introduce a system of regulation without registration for student optometrists and dispensing opticians.

After carefully considering the feedback received during the consultation, we have decided to conduct more research into the potential impact and to carry out further discussions. We will make a final decision at a future Council meeting.

In particular we will look at whether we can address concerns about withdrawing registration or whether we need to explore alternative options, such as introducing provisional registration for trainee optometrists during their pre-registration period.

Currently we are the only healthcare regulator that requires students to register, although the General Medical Council (GMC) operates a provisional registration system for students who have completed medical school.

Alistair Bridge, GOC Director of Policy and Communications, said: “The proposals under consideration will have a significant impact on optical education, so it is important that we get this right. As a result we are allowing more time to explore concerns raised in our consultation and to continue discussions with stakeholders.”


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