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GOC hosts Codes of Conduct discussion event

16 Mar 2009

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The General Optical Council (GOC) is hosting a discussion event on proposed changes to the Codes of Conduct for opticians and optical businesses.

The event will take place on 16 April, and is designed to encourage discussion and prompt debate about some of the key changes affecting registrants. Practitioners, patient groups, optical bodies, and employers are all encouraged to attend the event and have their say.

GOC director of standards, Jon Levett, said: “The Council’s Codes of Conduct set out the standards expected of registrants, and play a key role in ensuring public protection. The aim of the event is to prompt debate about what the changes could mean in practice, and their implications, so that we can formulate Codes of Conduct that are robust, effective and fair.”

Issues for discussion include: should registrants be obliged to report concerns about a colleague’s fitness to practise; what kinds of behaviour, whilst practising or not, should put a practitioner’s registration at risk; and how might the Codes be promoted more effectively so that the public know what standards to expect from their optician.

To open the event, GOC staff will deliver a short introduction on the revised Codes. Delegates will then form discussion groups, followed by a feedback session, and a question and answer forum.

The event is free to attend, and takes place at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) from 14:00 to 16:30. To reserve your place contact Grahame Tinsley on 020 7307 3477, or email Further details and an online booking form are also available from the events section.

A consultation on the revised Codes of Conduct was launched in January. The deadline for responses is 24 April. Full details and an online response form are available from the consultations section.


For further information please contact:
Clare Millington
Communications Officer
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 22,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.


1. It is anticipated that revised versions of both Codes will be finalised this Summer.

2. The full venue address is: Lutyens Room, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

3. The event timetable is as follows:

14:00 Welcome and introduction - Dian Taylor, chief executive and registrar
14:10 Introduction to the new Codes of Conduct - Jon Levett, GOC director of standards
14:40 Breakout groups
15:40 Feedback from breakout groups
16:10 Codes of Conduct Q&A session with GOC standards team
16:30 END




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