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Opticians start the year with CET success

2 Jan 2007

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General Optical Council press release, 2 January 2007

For immediate release

Opticians start the year with CET success

Over 90% of opticians met the requirement for Continuing Education and Training (CET) by the deadline of 31 December 2006. Final figures for the first cycle released by the General Optical Council (GOC) today show that 95% of optometrists, 89% of dispensing opticians and 86% of contact lens opticians had reached their points total by the end of the year.

Overall, 98% of practitioners had registered with the CET website,
www.cetoptics.com.

“This is an excellent start to the year for UK optics,” said registrar Peter Coe. “The professions have demonstrated their commitment to continuing education and I believe this will give us a strong foundation to build on in 2007 as we consider options for revalidation.”

A total of 1,554 registrants failed to reach their points requirement and will be required to make up a shortfall by 15 March 2007, including 401 who had not registered with www.cetoptics.com. The shortfall total includes 541 optometrists, 445 dispensing opticians and 167 contact lens opticians. Of these, 40% have already earned more than 24 points, but 24% have less than 12 points.

Letters to registrants with a shortfall will be sent on 3 January. Anyone who believes their record is inaccurate must write to the Registrar by 31 January to log a dispute. Registrants with a shortfall (including where a dispute is unsuccessful) will need to make up the required number of points by 15 March 2007.

Registrants who do not obtain sufficient CET points by 15 March 2007 will be removed from the register on 1 April 2007 and any retention fee paid will be refunded. Where a shortfall relates to a specialty, the entry relating to the specialty will be removed.

ENDS

For further information please contact:
Kate Fielding
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3472
e: kfielding@optical.org

Notes for editors:
From 1 July 2005, Continuing Education and Training (CET) became a statutory requirement for continued registration. The CET scheme exists to ensure registrants maintain the up-to-date knowledge and skills they need to practise safely throughout their career.

Registrants are required to complete 36 general CET points plus 18 specialist points where relevant over a three year cycle. The requirement is pro-rata for anyone joining the register part way through a cycle.

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 and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 22,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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