On 31 August the deadline passed for student registrants to renew their registration. Only 338 student registrants were removed from the register for failing to renew on time. This is less than 6 per cent of our student registrants, a slight reduction from last year. Thank you to the thousands of you who renewed your registration on time.
This is one of the busiest times of the year for our Registration team due to the high volumes of applications that we receive from students applying to join the full register, and full registration applications may take longer than ten working days to process. Please be assured that we are working extremely hard to ensure that everyone gets on the register as quickly as possible.
We are currently seeking to appoint six new members to our statutory committees - four representatives from optical businesses to our Companies Committee and one optometrist and one dispensing optician to our Investigation Committee. All roles are on a part-time basis, with a time commitment of approximately three days per annum for the Companies Committee, and approximately five days per annum for the Investigation Committee.
We would strongly encourage any registrant who feels they can offer a fresh perspective and insight to apply for these positions. The closing date to apply for these vacancies is Monday 18 September. Please visit our website and download the candidate information pack to apply online.
Cosmetic contact lenses leaflet
The GOC and the Association of Optometrists ( AOP ) have jointly produced a new information leaflet Do you know the law on selling contact lenses?, which sets out the facts and our legal remit to take action about illegal sales of cosmetic contact lenses. The leaflet has been developed for use by optical practitioners who wish to advise local suppliers of the law around contact lenses, and inform them that they should stop selling them illegally. You can download the leaflet here.