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GOC issues retention forms

8 Dec 2006

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General Optical Council press release, 8 December 2006

For immediate release

GOC issues retention forms

The General Optical Council (GOC) has sent out application for retention forms to all full registrants today.

Practitioners are being urged to complete and return their forms and payments as soon as possible. The deadline for receipt is 15 March 2007.

Any registrant who does not receive their forms should contact the GOC to make sure their address details are up to date. The registration team can be contacted on 020 7580 3898, option 1, or email superinfo@optical.org.

The Council is reminding those who pay by direct debit that they still have to sign and return their form to renew their registration.

Registrar Peter Coe said: "Registrants must meet the CET requirement and provide criminal and health declarations and insurance details, so it's not just a question of making a payment. We have to have signed forms back to keep practitioners on the register. Even if we have had a payment from you by direct debit, if you don't return the form, we won't be able to keep you on the register from April."

The GOC is warning that registrants who do not return their completed form and payment or who do not meet the CET requirement will be removed from the register on 1 April. The list of registrants not renewed will be published on the Council website, and copies sent to Primary Care Trusts.

Registrants do not need to notify the Council of their CET points total. The GOC will be automatically notified of everyone who has ‘earned and confirmed’ the minimum number of points required by 31 December 2006.

ENDS

For further information please contact:
Kate Fielding
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3472
e: kfielding@optical.org


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 and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 22,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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