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GOC retention deadline now passed

19 Jul 2010

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At the 15 July deadline, 78 per cent of optometry and dispensing optics students had successfully applied to renew their General Optical Council (GOC) registration. When compared to last year, this represents a 3 per cent decrease in the percentage of students who have missed the deadline.

The Council is now warning those who have not yet renewed to do so by 31 August or face removal from the registers. Reminder letters have been sent to those whose application is still outstanding.

The GOC sent 2010-11 retention forms to all optometry and dispensing optics students in April. The 951 students who have missed the 15 July deadline will now have to pay a £10 late application fee in addition to the usual £20 retention fee. Furthermore, they will put their qualifications at risk if they do not apply for retention by 31 August.

GOC registrar and chief executive, Dian Taylor said: “The majority of students have renewed their registration on time – this has saved them the late application fee and ensured that they are not putting their optical training and future career in jeopardy.

“We are now urging all students who missed the deadline to ensure they do not put their registration at risk. Maintaining GOC registration is a legal requirement for students of optometry and dispensing optics - students who do not renew their registration may be excluded from exams and clinical training.”

Students who fail to renew by 31 August face removal from the student registers. Those removed who wish to continue with their course will need to restore to the registers at a cost of £40. The GOC may or may not recognise the qualifications of applicants for full registration who were not registered for all or part of their training.

Any students who need to update their contact details or download a retention form can do so from the registrants area of www.optical.org. Students who renew their registration now but decide not to continue with their course in September will receive a full refund.

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact:
Clare March
Acting Head of Communications
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473
e: cmarch@optical.org

Notes to editors:

1. Overall, 3454 students successfully renewed their GOC registration and 951 applications are still outstanding. Five students sent withdrawal notices.


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, performance and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 23,500 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.
 

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