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GOC Annual Report 2012-13 reports on year of progress

10 Oct 2013

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has published its 2012-13 Annual Report, detailing its work and achievements from April 2012 to March 2013.

Highlights from the report include the roll out of the GOC’s enhanced Continuing Education and Training (CET) scheme in January this year. This was recognised in the GOC’s annual performance review and held up as an example of good practice.

The report details achievements including cutting the time taken to reach Interim Order decisions and the launch of a new website to make it easier for registrants and the public to find information. The GOC also conducted a comprehensive stakeholder survey to inform development of its next strategic plan

GOC chief executive and registrar Samantha Peters said: “In the last year we were able to introduce changes which will deliver real public protection benefits and we also had our work praised by the body which oversees our work, the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

“For me, the undoubted highlight of the year was the introduction of our enhanced CET scheme. It is encouraging that over 5,500 optometrists and contact lens opticians have already taken part in peer review CET, helping us to encourage greater candour and openness in line with the recommendations of the Francis Inquiry.”

The GOC Annual Report is available online at


For media enquiries please contact:
Simon Grier
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478

Notes for editors:
1. The GOC is required by law to produce an Annual Report which is laid before Parliament. The 2012-13 Annual Report was laid before Parliament on 8 October.
2. In order to keep down costs the GOC now publishes its annual reports online, only producing a small number of hard copies for archiving purposes.

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 26,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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