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First 1,000 registrants complete online retention

11 Jan 2011

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The first 1,000 registrants to renew their 2011/12 GOC registration have now successfully applied for retention using the regulator’s new ‘MyGOC’ online system.

MyGOC, allows registrants to complete their retention form and pay their registration fee – reduced to £270 this year – in just a few minutes.

MyGOC went live on 4 January, with the first 1,000 registrants completing retention within a week. All other full GOC registrants have until 15 March to apply for retention, or risk being removed from the registers.

Satjit Singh, GOC Chief Executive and Registrar said: “We have listened to registrants’ feedback and allowing them to renew their registration online is an important part of our modernisation. It will bring long-term cost savings that will help us keep our registration fee down and will make the retention process quicker and easier.

“Completing retention using the MyGOC online system only takes a couple of minutes – I would encourage all registrants to apply as soon as possible and give themselves peace of mind that they are registered for 2011/12, rather than leaving it close to the 15 March deadline.”

Registrants who do not wish to renew online must download a form from the website and complete retention by post. However, the GOC has warned that sending retention forms in the post will be slower than renewing online, and also more expensive, as the Council recommends that postal applications are made by recorded delivery.

Online retention is not yet available for business registrants, although subject to unforeseen circumstances, the GOC expects it to be for 2012/13. The Council also expects students will be able to renew their registration online this summer.

Any practitioner who does not apply by the 15 March deadline will face a £20 late application fee. Practitioners who have still not renewed their registration by 31 March, including payment of the late fee, risk removal from the registers on 1 April. They will then be unable to practise in the UK, or use a protected title such as optometrist or dispensing optician, until they have restored to the register.

ENDS
For further information please contact:
Liz Carr
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473
e: lcarr@optical.org

NOTES FOR EDITORS

1. The MyGOC url is https://www.optical.org/en/login/index.cfm

2. Registrants who experience a problem during the online application process or have a question can contact the registration team by email at registration@optical.org, or by calling 020 7580 3898 and selecting option 1.

3. Optometrists and dispensing opticians who are practising in the UK are legally required to be registered with the GOC.

4. Registrants who pay by direct debit are still required to apply for retention in order to renew their GOC registration.

5. Registrants who are removed from the registers from 1 April and wish to continue practising in the UK must complete an application for restoration form. The restoration fee is £70 in addition to the appropriate full retention fee. Registrants also need to have earned 12 general CET points to restore (and six specialist points where applicable), in the 12 months prior to their restoration application.

6. Registrants earning less than £12,000 per year are eligible for a low income discount on their retention fee. Their retention fee will be £170. To be eligible for this discount, registrants must apply for it by 1 February. All registrants have been sent this application form, or it can be downloaded from the registration fees and forms page of www.optical.org

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 24,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.
 

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