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GOC issues CET deadline reminder to registrants

8 Oct 2015

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today issued a reminder to all registrants that they must complete all Continuing Education and Training (CET) requirements by the 31 December 2015 deadline in order to stay registered and continue to practise.

Registrants must meet their CET points target for the 2013-15 CET cycle. Optometrists and contact lens opticians must also attend at least one interactive peer review session.

Failure to meet these requirements by the 31 December 2015 deadline will result in removal from the GOC’s registers, meaning registrants will be unable to practise until they have completed their outstanding CET requirements and have been restored to the registers.

Unlike in previous cycles, there will be no shortfall period – so registrants who do not meet the requirements by the deadline will be removed from the register straight away. Only registrants who can demonstrate exceptional circumstances for missing their target will avoid being removed from the register immediately and will instead have until 15 March 2016 to make up the shortfall.

GOC Acting Head of Education and Standards, Marcus Dye, said: “CET is essential in maintaining the high standards of competence needed to practise. We have received a lot of positive feedback about our new enhanced CET scheme, and it is encouraging that many registrants have already met all the requirements. However, there is still a sizeable number of registrants who have yet to attain all their points, and I urge them to make sure they do so before 31 December.

“While registrants might believe they have obtained all their CET points for this cycle, they must make sure they accept their points in MyGOC for them to be counted towards their overall total. I encourage all registrants to check their MyGOC account to make sure there are no points yet to be accepted.”

Registrants can log and accept CET points using the MyGOC section of the GOC website at


For media enquiries please contact:

Simon Grier
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478

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 28,500 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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