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Vacancies remain on GOC committees

4 May 2010

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The General Optical Council (GOC) is advertising to fill four remaining places on its statutory committees.

Following an initial recruitment campaign to appoint members to the GOC’s newly-constituted committees last year, one vacancy remains on each committee. Each committee must have a balance of optometrists, dispensing opticians and lay members.

The remaining vacancies are:

Standards Committee – one dispensing optician
Education Committee – one lay person
Registration Committee – one optometrist
Investigation Committee – one dispensing optician

Fitness to Practise panel members

The Council is also looking for two dispensing opticians to sit on its Fitness to Practise panels. Panellists will be appointed until December 2013, although this is subject to the GOC retaining its adjudication function until this date.

GOC chief executive and registrar, Dian Taylor commented: “This is an exciting opportunity for candidates who have a passion for healthcare regulation and public protection. Committee members play a significant role in influencing GOC policy and advising Council on key areas of its work. The successful candidates will add to the knowledge, experience and expertise of our existing members – and will be taking on a rewarding challenge in the process.” 

Each committee provides the GOC with advice and support on a range of issues. Committee members and panellists do not receive a salary but are offered a daily fee and travel expenses. 

The closing date for applications is 23 May 2010. Anyone interested in applying should visit, email or call 020 7307 9471 for an application form.


For further information please contact:

Clare March
Acting Head of Communications
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. Appointments are for a period of up to four years. Committee members do not receive a salary but are offered a daily fee, plus expenses. It is anticipated that members will work up to three days per month. 

2. Standards Committee advises Council on matters relating to the standards of performance and conduct that GOC registrants, and potential registrants, must meet.
Education Committee sets the criteria for GOC-approved courses in optics, approves courses which meet GOC standards and carry out visits to quality assure courses.
Registration Committee advises Council on issues regarding GOC registration.
Investigation Committee considers evidence about Fitness to Practise complaints and decides what course of action to take.

3. FTP Panellists consider allegations made against registrants and bodies corporate. Panellists also consider interim order applications and under its guise as the Registration Appeals Committee, it considers applications for restoration to the registers following disciplinary erasure and appeals against the Registrar’s decision not to allow registration.

4. The GOC welcomes applications regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

5. It is expected that interviews will be held the week commencing 21 June 2010.

6. The Office of the Health Professions Adjudicator (OHPA) is set to take over the GOC’s adjudicatory functions at a date yet to be confirmed. This is not expected to happen before 2012.







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