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GOC warns students to renew by 15 July

30 Jun 2009

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The GOC today warned thousands of optometry and dispensing optics students to renew their registration by 15 July or face a late penalty fee. The £10 late fee means that, for those who don’t get their application and payment in by the deadline, the cost of retention will increase to £30.


So far only 53 per cent of students have renewed their registration. This means 2,340 students are putting their registration at risk. Students who fail to renew their registration by 31 August face removal from the student registers from 1 September. Students who are removed will be required to restore to the registers, and pay a £40 fee.


Student registration is a legal requirement. Those who are not registered during their course may be excluded from clinical training and examinations. The GOC may not recognise the qualifications of applicants for full registration who were not registered for all or part of their training.


Dian Taylor, GOC Registrar, said: “GOC registration is not optional, and should not be taken lightly. Maintaining student registration is an essential component of training to become an optometrist or dispensing optician. Our advice to students who have not yet got their application in, is to do it straight away. You’ll save money and further complications when term starts again in September.”


Students who pay now but decide not continue with their course in September will receive a full refund. Pre-registration students who renew now, but join the full registers by 31 August will have their full registration fee reduced by £20.


Any students who have not received their application form should contact the registration team on 020 7580 3898 (option 1) to update their contact details. Alternatively, students can email or download a form from the GOC website.



For further information please contact:

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


Notes for editors:


Optometry and dispensing optics come into contact with patients during their educational courses and vocational training. Since 30 June 2005, it has been a legal requirement for optometry and dispensing optics students to be registered with the General Optical Council.

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