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General Optical Council eBulletin 25
October 2015

Welcome to eBulletin

Dear Registrant,

Welcome to this edition of eBulletin. It has been an important past few months for the GOC, not least with the approval of new Standards of Practice for registrants. These will come into place in April 2016 and will replace the existing Code of Conduct. In this eBulletin, we have produced a short guide that explains the changes to the Standards and answers some key questions you may have.

We are also currently consulting on a code of practice for online contact lens suppliers. This code will make it safer for the public to buy contact lenses online and will reinforce the value of having regular aftercare appointments and eye examinations with an eyecare practitioner. We are therefore very keen to receive as many responses to the consultation as possible and encourage you to provide us with your feedback.

As we approach the end of the year, we are also coming to the end of the 2013-15 CET cycle. Maintaining and continuing your education and training is an important part of being a healthcare professional. In this article, we reflect on the cycle so far and encourage all of those who are yet to complete their requirements to ensure they do this by the end of the year in order to remain on the register. From January 2016, the new 2016-18 cycle will begin. We will update you shortly on any changes we are making to CET to allow you to be prepared for these.

Finally, our eBulletin concludes with a message from Vision2020, who recently announced the winners of 2015 Astbury Awards. It is always incredibly pleasing to see registrants and stakeholders publicly commended for their work in eye health. If you or a colleague have achieved personal success in the field and would like this to be featured in future editions of eBulletin, I invite you to let us know by emailing communications@optical.org.

Kind regards,

Samantha Peters
GOC Chief Executive and Registrar



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eBulletin 25 - October 2015

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CET deadline reminder

Code of Practice consultation

Vision2020 Astbury Awards

A message from the Department of Health


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