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GOC warns, "Renew your registration now or face £20 penalty"

16 Feb 2009

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has this week issued an urgent reminder to full and business registrants to renew their registration for 2009-10 by 15 March 2009, or face a £20 penalty.

The £20 late application charge applies to registrants who return their retention form and £219 fee after the 15 March, but before 31 March. Registrants who have not renewed their registration by 31 March will be removed from the GOC’s registers on 1 April. A list of removed registrants will be published on the Council’s website, and copies sent to primary care organisations.

GOC chief executive and registrar, Dian Taylor said: “There are now only four weeks to go until the retention deadline, so time is running out. If registrants do not get their applications in on time they will either have to pay a £20 penalty, or at worst, be removed from the registers and face paying a £289 restoration fee.”

Laura Hytti, GOC registration supervisor, added: “At this stage it’s vital that you complete your retention form correctly, to avoid unnecessary delays. Make sure you check that you have: provided full insurance details; ticked the declarations box; included your practice address and a daytime telephone contact number and email.”

To date, 10,386 retention applications – over 50 per cent - are outstanding. Any registrant who has not received their retention forms should contact the GOC registration team on 020 7580 3898 (option 1) to make sure their details are up to date. Alternatively, email Forms can also be downloaded from (follow the link from the homepage).


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. Optometrists and dispensing opticians who are practising in the UK are legally required to be registered with the GOC.

2. If a retention application reaches the GOC after 15 March without the additional £20 fee it will be returned to the applicant. The registrant’s name may be removed from the register on 1 April if full payment (ie £239) is not received by 31 March. Incomplete or incorrect retention forms will also be returned to the registrant.

3. Registrants who are removed from the registers on 1 April and wish to continue practising in the UK must complete an application for restoration form. The restoration fee is £289.


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