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GOC added to police notification scheme

19 Sep 2006

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General Optical Council press release – 19 September 2006

For immediate release

GOC added to police notification scheme

The GOC has been added to a list of bodies who will receive information from the police about criminal offences committed by registrants. Optometrists and dispensing opticians, including students, have been included in a list of occupations that carry special trust or responsibility under the police ‘Notifiable Occupations Scheme’. The Scheme relates to professions or occupations where the public interest in the disclosure of conviction and other information by the police generally outweighs the normal duty of confidentiality owed to the individual.

There are two categories for notification. Optical professionals fall into the second category, which means police must decide whether an offence is relevant before sharing the information. The GOC will normally receive information about convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings in relation to all ‘recordable’ offences.

Registrants must still declare all criminal offences, convictions and investigations when they apply for registration, retention or restoration to the register.

ENDS

For further information please contact:
Kate Fielding
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3472
m: 07763 210019
e: kfielding@optical.org

About the GOC:
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 and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 22,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.


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