GOC recognised as 'effective regulator'
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GOC recognised as 'effective regulator'

CHRE WEBThe General Optical Council (GOC) has been recognised as an ‘effective regulator’ by the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE).

In its annual review of the nine healthcare regulators it oversees, the CHRE praised the GOC’s performance in across the four core areas of our work: standards, education, registration and fitness to practise. You can read about them in the ‘Our Work’ section of our website.

The CHRE commended our new Codes of Conduct, which came into force in April 2010. The report noted that the changes to the Codes, implemented after a full public consultation, “Were in the interests of both patients and registrants.”

CHRE also praised our work to improve the availability of Fitness to Practise information on our registers, while backing plans to pursue breaches of the Opticians Act and use case examiners in the early stages of Fitness to Practise investigations.

GOC Chair Anna Bradley said: “The report gives the GOC a clean bill of health as a sound, effective regulator. It shows we are in line with our mission to assure the health and protection of those who use the services of optometrists and dispensing opticians, and acknowledges the hard work of our staff and Council members throughout the last year.”

The full CHRE Performance Review 2010-11 of our work is available from the CHRE website, www.chre.org.uk.

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