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GOC introduces Consensual Panel Disposal Policy

24 May 2018

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published its policy on Consensual Panel Disposal.

The policy will be used to identify and progress fitness to practise cases that may be suitable for concluding without a contested hearing if the registrant has admitted the allegation in full. For consensual panel disposal cases, the GOC will seek to agree an appropriate level of sanction with the registrant and make a sanction recommendation to the Fitness to Practise Committee.

The GOC consulted on the policy from August to September 2017 and received encouraging support from the stakeholders that responded. 

Lisa Davis, Director of Fitness to Practise, said “We are pleased to introduce this new policy as we believe people on all sides will benefit. The consensual panel disposal policy will encourage registrants to participate in the fitness to practise process, and will give us the flexibility to adapt the process to each individual case. Most importantly, consensual panel disposal will help us to deal with cases expeditiously in order to protect the public.”

Further information about the policy can be found here.




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1. The GOC’s Education Strategic Review is considering how eye health and vision services may change in the future to inform the development of new UK education and training requirements for optometrists and dispensing opticians. To find out more about the Education Strategic Review please visit


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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, performance and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 29,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.


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