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VISION 2020 UK announce the General Optical Council as a new member organisation

23 Apr 2015

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VISION 2020 UK, the umbrella charity bringing together agencies across the eye health and sight loss sector, are pleased to announce the General Optical Council as a new member organisation.

The General Optical Council (GOC) are the regulator for the optical professions in the UK, currently registering around 26,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians,  student opticians and optical businesses. The addition of the GOC marks an exciting step forward for VISION 2020 UK, with the health regulator building on the organisation’s existing membership of charities, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.

VISION 2020 UK CEO Mercy Jeyasingham said: “We are delighted to confirm the GOC as the newest VISION 2020 UK member. The membership of the GOC is a vote of confidence in the value provided by VISION 2020 UK to our members, and we anticipate a strong, fulfilling working relationship in the coming years, to help the GOC achieve all of their organisational objectives.”

GOC Director of Strategy Alistair Bridge said: “Our membership of VISION 2020 UK will allow us to work collaboratively with other members, and with VISION 2020 UK itself, to engage even more effectively with patients and the public. The GOC is committed to collaborative working, and we really look forward to making the most of the opportunities presented as members of VISION 2020 UK, such as involvement in the organisation’s Special Interest Groups, and working with other members to ensure that we fulfil our core functions to an even higher standard.”

The GOC are members of VISION 2020 UK effective immediately.


Notes to editors:  

1. For further information, please contact Jess Brice, VISION 2020 UK Communications Officer – 0207 874 1364.

2. For more information on VISON 2020 UK, please visit:

3. VISION 2020 UK is an umbrella organisation which facilitates greater collaboration and co-operation between organisations in the UK which focus on eye health and sight loss, and operate on a national, regional or international basis.

4. VISION 2020: The Right to Sight is an initiative led in partnership by the World Health Organization, and the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness, for the elimination of avoidable blindness.

5. The General Optical Council (GOC) is one of 12 health and social care regulators in the UK. The four core functions of the GOC are:

  • To set standards for optical education and training, performance and conduct.
  • Approving qualifications leading to registration.
  • Maintaining a register of individuals who are qualified and fit to practise, train or carry on business as optometrists and dispensing opticians.
  • Investigating and acting where registrants’ fitness to practise, train or carry on business is impaired.

6. For more information on the GOC, please visit

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