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GOC consults on Investigation Committee guidance

12 Aug 2009

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has this week launched a consultation on the guidance to be used by its Investigation Committee (IC), when deciding what action to take in respect of fitness to practise complaints against GOC registrants. 

The consultation considers key issues about the IC guidance such as:

  • Will the guidance help to ensure consistency in decision-making?
  • Are the factors identified in the guidance relevant to the Committee’s consideration of individual cases?

GOC Director of Legal and Fitness to Practise, Rosalyn Hayles said: “The fitness to practise process is at the core of the GOC’s work as a regulator. The GOC is committed to public protection that is proportionate and transparent, and we are delighted to invite all stakeholders in our fitness to practise process to contribute to this important consultation.” 

The consultation has been sent to a large number of stakeholder groups including optical bodies, public and patient groups, charities, education providers and other regulators. It will run for three months, closing on 9 November 2009. 

You can download the consultation document and respond online at Alternatively, contact Simon Grier on 020 7307 3478 to request a paper copy. 


Notes to editors:

1. The deadline for responses is 9 November 2009. 

2. The Council’s Consultation Framework is available to download. 

3. Find out more about the Council’s Fitness to Practise processes 

For further information please contact:


Clare Millington
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473


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