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GOC consults on changes to registration fee structure

17 Jul 2009

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The General Optical Council (GOC) today launches a consultation on possible changes to the structure of retention and registration fees. The Council is asking for views on a range of possible options which could be introduced from next year.

Registrants, optical bodies and partner organisations are being encouraged to have their say on the proposals before the 9 October closing date.

Dian Taylor, GOC chief executive and registrar said: “At this stage we are very much open to suggestions about how fees should be structured. We have included ideas from individual registrants and optical bodies, as well as from other regulators.

“We want to ensure that any policy changes are as fair as possible, so we are keen to hear from a wide range of registrants and partner bodies.”

The consultation explores issues such as:

  • Different fees for different professions: should dispensing opticians and optometrists pay different fee amounts?
  • Lower fees for new registrants: should new registrants and/or recent graduates pay a lower fee than existing registrants?
  • Low income fees: should low-income earners be eligible for a reduced fee?
  • Staged fee payments: should registrants be able to spread the payments for their annual retention fee over a number of installments, using Direct Debit?
  • Other fee proposals: including, should the GOC retain an option for paper-based retention applications once the online system is in place, and should there be a different fee for paper-based applications?

The GOC will consider all responses and will approve any changes to the fee structure at the November meeting of Council.

Download the consultation document and respond online. Alternatively, contact Matthew Tait on 020 7307 3472 to request a paper copy.

ENDS 

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, performance and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 23,500 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

Notes to editors:

1. The deadline for responses is 9 October 2009.

2. The Council’s Consultation Framework is available from www.optical.org

For media enquiries please contact:

Clare Millington
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473
e: cmillington@optical.org

 

 

 

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