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Online system helps more GOC registrants to renew on time

16 Mar 2011

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 The GOC retention deadline has now passed, with the Council reporting an increase in the percentage of registrants who applied by the 15 March cutoff date.

In total, 93.8% of registrants applied to renew their GOC registration on time, compared with 90.4% last year.

Registrants were able to complete their retention in just a few minutes using the new ‘MyGOC’ online system. Around 95% of those individual applicants who have completed their retention to date chose to use MyGOC instead of applying by post.

Philip Hallam, GOC head of registration said: “We’re delighted to see so many more registrants completed their retention by the deadline. We’ve had a lot of good feedback about the new online system and it’s really encouraging to see in these results that it’s making retention easier for registrants. We look forward to rolling the system out for students and business registrants over the coming year.”

Registrants who have not yet renewed their registration have until 31 March to apply, or risk removal from the registers.

For those who missed the 15 March deadline, the cost of retention has now increased to £290. A £20 late application penalty is included in addition to the basic retention fee.

Registrants who fail to apply for retention by 31 March will be removed from the Opticians Registers from 1 April. They will then be unable to practise in the UK or use a protected title such as optician.

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For further information please contact:
Liz Carr
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473
e: lcarr@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, conduct and performance amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 24,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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