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GOC freezes registration fee

23 Nov 2012

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has frozen its 2013-14 registration fee at £260 – a third consecutive reduction in real terms.

The freeze follows fee cuts in the two previous years, meaning the Council will have cut its fee for optometrists by 27.5% in real terms since April 2010.

GOC chief executive and registrar Samantha Peters said, “We have been working hard over the last three years to improve our efficiency and make the best possible use of resources.

“Particularly as the economic climate remains difficult, it is vital that our fees are no higher than necessary. When setting our fees we ensure that we remain sufficiently resourced to fulfil our regulatory functions and keep protecting the public while minimising the burden on registrants.”

The draft budget, passed at yesterday’s public Council meeting, has seen the GOC absorb the costs of scheduling more fitness to practise hearings next year without passing the burden on to registrants. The increased number of hearing dates will help the GOC’s continuing efforts to speed up its fitness to practise process.

The low income fee for registrants earning less than £12,000 per year has also been frozen at £160. The student registration fee will remain frozen at £20.


For further information please contact:
Simon Grier
Acting Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478



1. The budget applies to the financial year 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014. Fully-qualified registrants will have to apply to renew their registration, including paying the appropriate fee, by 15 March 2013.


About the General Optical Council:
The GOC is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Its purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, conduct and performance amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 25,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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