Issue 5, Spring 2011
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CET email

Getting ready for the new CET

As you know, we’re planning enhancements to our CET scheme which will come into effect from the start of the next cycle on 1 January 2013.

Read full details of the new scheme here


Online retention - completing the circle


The retention deadline for fully-qualified registrants was 15 March. We talked to Laura Hytti, Registrations Operations Manager, to get her views on the project and how the process has worked.

Find out more


OLR email

Stepping up action against illegal sales

We are increasing our efforts to target illegal contact lens sales.


We will be vigorously pursuing breaches of the Opticians Act, such as selling zero-powered or plano lenses without the supervision of a registered optician (or doctor).


Read more about our work

Plano lenses email

Getting to know...

In this series we’re talking to our Council members, finding out about their backgrounds and how they became involved with the GOC.

Our first interview is with Morag Alexander OBE, lay member of Council.

Read the interview here

Morag email

GOC backs education roadshows

Optical bodies and high street opticians are working together to encourage more young people to choose optometry and optics as a career.


Find out more

Careers in optics email

National Eye Health Week spurs sector into action


A surge of support for National Eye Health Week has seen organisations across the optical sector and beyond backing the campaign to raise awareness of eye health and the need for regular sight tests.

More information about National Eye Health Week


NEHW email

News recap

New registrar starts


Samantha Peters started as the new Chief Executive and Registrar of the GOC on 28 March 2011




Raising aware of regulation


Our leaflet 'Check your optician is registered' is available now until 23 May for patients and members of the public from information stands in 7,000 GP surgeries and 1,200 pharmacies across the UK.


GOC consults on fitness to practise rules

Our consultation closes on 29 April.

Respond here

Britain's eye health in focus

A major new study into the nation's attitude and behaviour towards eye health, 'Britain's Eye Health in Focus' indicates that Britain could be heading towards an eye health crisis due to the ageing population, poor diet and a lack of awareness of eye diseases.

Read the full story 


Vision Care for Homeless People needs YOU

Vision Care for Homeless People is a charity set up to provide eye care services to homeless and other vulnerable people in an accessible and friendly environment in which they feel safe, welcome and comfortable.

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