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GOC cuts registration fee for second consecutive year

25 Nov 2011

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced that it is cutting registration fees for the second year running. 

The annual retention fee for optometrists, dispensing opticians and business registrants has been reduced by £10 to £260. The fee for low income earners is now £160, and the fee for students remains at £20.

The GOC’s Chief Executive and Registrar, Samantha Peters was positive about the regulator’s ability to continue a ‘downward pressure’ on the fee in future years: “The reduction in fees for next year is a sign of our ongoing commitment to increasing our efficiency as a regulator, whilst ensuring public protection.

She continued: “Through cost cutting and making savings across the organisation, in an extremely tough financial climate we are able to reduce fees, whilst absorbing additional costs – rather than passing them onto our registrants.”

The £10 reduction to 2012-13 registration fees coincides with the anticipated introduction of a financial levy, applicable to all UK healthcare regulators, to fund the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE). The GOC will absorb the impact of this levy, in addition to inflation and associated cost increases.

The new fee level will apply to all registrants renewing or joining the registers for the first time, for the retention year 2012-13. Retention reminders will be sent out to all registrants in December, and the deadline for renewing GOC registration is 15 March 2012. Registrants can renew and pay their fee online, by logging into the MyGOC section of www.optical.org from 3 January 2012.

ENDS
For media enquiries please contact:
Clare March
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473
e: cmarch@optical.org
Notes for editors:

1. A full summary of the Council’s 2011-12 financial performance to date is available from www.optical.org  

2. In 2010, the Government proposed that the UK healthcare regulators should fund the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE). In the future, the CHRE will be known as the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
 

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