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GOC Annual Report 2010-11 reviews year of modernisation

28 Nov 2011

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has now published its 2010-11 Annual Report. It is available online from

The report reviews the GOC’s work and achievements over a year of modernisation from April 2010 to March 2011. This includes work the Council has done to enhance its registration systems allowing fully-qualified and student registrants to apply for retention online, and developing an enhanced CET system to take effect from January 2013.

GOC chief executive and registrar Samantha Peters said: “The report reviews our achievements over a year of change at the GOC. Our online retention system received extremely positive feedback from both fully-qualified and student registrants, we have made numerous savings which have now helped us to cut our retention fee two years running, and set out the principles for our enhanced CET scheme.

“We believe enhanced CET will help to improve standards across the profession. We consulted widely with the public and the profession and have used the feedback we received, as well as our staff and Council’s strong knowledge of the optical sector, to design a fair, effective and proportionate scheme.”

The report focuses on the regulator’s four core functions: setting standards, approving qualifications, maintaining the Opticians Registers and investigating complaints. For the third successive year, the report has been published online to help keep costs down.

The Annual Report website allows you to build and print your own customised report – whether you’d like the complete document or just the sections which interest you.


For further information please contact:
Clare March
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473

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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