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GOC issues CET warning ahead of 31 December deadline

12 Oct 2009

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The General Optical Council (GOC) is today urging fully-registered practitioners to make sure they are on track to earn their minimum Continuing Education and Training (CET) requirement by the 31 December deadline. Registrants failing to do so face removal from the Opticians Registers.

There are now just 12 weeks to go until the end of the current CET cycle. According to the latest GOC figures, just over 70 per cent of practitioners have already met their minimum CET target. However, of all those registered on, 488 practitioners – nearly three per cent - still have zero points. In addition, one per cent of all full registrants have still not registered on the CET website.

“It is encouraging to see that the majority of optometrists and dispensing opticians are either on track to achieve the minimum CET for this cycle – or they have already done so.” said Dian Taylor, GOC registrar and chief executive.

“However, there are a significant minority who need to act now, or face the reality of not being able to work. CET is fundamental to registration. Without the most up-to-date skills, knowledge and expertise, practitioners are missing out on the rewards that come with professional development, and could be putting the care of their patients at risk.”

By 31 December, all optometrists and dispensing opticians must have gained 36 general points over the three-year cycle, plus 18 specialty points where relevant. The requirement is calculated pro rata for anyone joining the registers part way through a cycle. Practitioners must have earned the required number of CET points in order to stay on the registers.

Anyone who fails to meet the minimum CET requirement by the deadline will not be able to apply for 2010-11 retention, and may be removed from the Registers.


For further information please contact:
Clare Millington
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473


1. From 1 July 2005, Continuing Education and Training (CET) became a statutory requirement for continued registration. The CET scheme exists to ensure registrants maintain the up-to-date knowledge and skills they need to practise safely throughout their career.


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