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GOC launches Consultation Framework

8 Apr 2009

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The General Optical Council (GOC) published its Consultation Framework today, outlining the regulator’s commitment to giving stakeholders a say in future policy changes.

The document, which is designed as a best practice guide for staff, sets out the principles on which the GOC will involve stakeholders. These include:

  • Consulting at an early stage in the policy-making process to offer stakeholders a genuine say in our work;
  • Involving public and patient groups in the regulator’s work;
  • Holding events to allow face-to-face consultation with and between stakeholders;
  • Making use of online consultation methods to minimise costs; and
  • Targeting consultations to the groups who will find them most relevant in order to cut down the consultation burden.

The GOC is already putting these principles into action in its current consultations. A wide cross-section of stakeholders will be attending the GOC’s Codes of Conduct discussion event on 16 April. The GOC is also running an open consultation on its initial proposals for revalidation.

Dian Taylor, GOC Registrar, said: “It is critical that those who are affected by our work have a say in how we operate. We value input from patients, the public, and registrants, as well as optical and healthcare organisations, employers, other regulators and staff. Ensuring consultation is built into policy formulation at the early stages should help to ensure our work remains effective, fair and transparent.”

The framework follows the principles set out in the government’s code of practice on consultation. The Consultation Framework is available here.

 

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