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GOC invites views on future priorities

27 Nov 2013

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched a consultation seeking views on its draft strategic plan for the next three years.

The regulator is proposing to play a more proactive role in promoting public health and safety through the standards it sets for optometrists and for dispensing opticians.

In addition it will seek to deal with complaints more quickly and effectively.

The GOC recognises the need to reflect changes in regulatory good practice, building upon the recommendations of the Francis Inquiry, and respond to the public’s needs and expectations. Therefore it will seek to develop its understanding of the public’s perspective and how the delivery of optical care is changing.

Promoting public trust in the professions, and enabling the public to make informed decisions about optical care and raise any concerns, will also be high on the agenda.

The GOC is encouraging a variety of stakeholders, including patients, the public, registrants and professional bodies, to respond to the consultation and help refine its future priorities.

GOC Chief Executive and Registrar, Samantha Peters, said: “We must ensure regulation is responsive to the public’s changing needs and enables the professions to develop in a way that maximises public benefit. Our draft strategic plan sets out how we aim to achieve these goals over the next three years.”

Anyone interested in sharing their views can access and respond to the consultation via the GOC’s website at


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

Notes for editors:

1. The consultation closes on 10 January and the GOC’s Council will take a final decision at its public meeting on 12 February 2014. The new strategic plan will come into force on 1 April 2014.

2. The current strategic plan can be viewed here.

3. Council will meet to approve the final strategic plan on 12 February 2014.

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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