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'Time is running out', warns GOC

19 Feb 2007

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General Optical Council press release, 19 February 2007

For immediate release

‘Time is running out’, warns optical regulator

The General Optical Council (GOC) today warned registrants that time is running out to renew registration for 2007/8.

All full individual and business registrants must return a completed application form and payment by 15 March or face removal from the register on 1 April. But with just over three weeks left until the deadline, only 47 per cent have applied for retention.

Deputy registrar Dian Taylor stressed that practitioners would not be renewed simply because they had paid the fee. “We must have a completed, signed application form in order to renew registration. All registrants, including those who pay their retention fee by direct debit, need to ensure that they have sent back their form and met the CET requirement, or they will be removed on 1 April.”

Registrants with a ‘shortfall’ of Continuing Education and Training (CET) points must make up the deficit by 15 March. A total of 1,554 registrants failed to meet the CET requirement by the end of the first cycle on 31 December 2006. However, over 250 have since made up their shortfall.

Any practitioner who makes a payment but fails to return their form or meet the CET requirement before the deadline will be removed from the register and their fee will be returned.

ENDS

For further information please contact:
Clare Millington
Communications Officer
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473
e: cmillington@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 and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 22,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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