Thank you: Business Standards and Fit for the Future consultations
General Optical Council eBulletin 38
October 2018

Thank you: Business Standards and Fit for the Future consultations

Our consultations on draft Standards for Optical Businesses and Continuing Education and Training (CET) closed in August and September, respectively, with both receiving hundreds of responses from stakeholders, registrants and the public. We’d like to thank everyone that took the time to respond.

The business standards consultation received a total of 351 unique responses and we are now analysing the feedback. An independent company will produce a report setting out the consultation findings and this will be discussed by our Council at their meeting in November. A revised version of the new business standards will be considered by Council in February and the new standards will take effect from mid-2019.

The Fit for the Future consultation on CET received a total of 994 responses. We had sought views on how the CET scheme should evolve to encourage continuing professional development and on the idea of introducing changes from 2020 following a transition year in 2019. We are in the middle of analysing the results and Council will soon be discussing an independent report summarising the findings – also at the November Council meeting – prior to making a decision on the next steps.   

These consultations marked the introduction of our new consultation platform, the GOC Consultation Hub, to make it easier and quicker to respond. So far we’ve received positive user feedback and will continue to use the hub for all future consultations.

The findings from both consultations will be posted on the consultation hub and on our website.

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