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GOC publishes 2013-14 Annual Report

11 Dec 2014

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has published its 2013-14 Annual Report and Financial Statement, detailing its work and achievements from April 2013 to March 2014. The report was laid before Parliament on 9 December 2014.

The report details the GOC’s accounts as well as its Fitness to Practise statistics. This was the final year before the implementation of the GOC’s new FTP Rules which came into effect on 1 April 2014 and saw the introduction of case examiners, enabling a speedier resolution to fitness to practice complaints.

The GOC also launched its consultation into its approach to tackling illegal practice and launched its strategic plan, proposing to play a more proactive role in promoting public health and safety through the standards it sets for optometrists and dispensing opticians.

Included in the report is a review of the early stages of the GOC’s enhanced Continuing Education and Training (CET) scheme. In 2013-14, the GOC was also recognised by the Professional Standards Association (PSA) as having met all 24 standards of their Standards of Good Regulation.

GOC chief executive and registrar Samantha Peters said: “In the last year we have continued to make major changes which have furthered our work in protecting the public and supporting our registrants.

“This year was especially significant given the work undertaken to introduce our new FTP Rules. The Rules are already helping us to improve the time taken to conclude cases, to the benefit of patients and registrants alike.”

The GOC Annual Report is available online at https://www.optical.org/en/news_publications/Publications/annual_reports_archive.cfm

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For media enquiries please contact:

Simon Grier
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478
e: sgrier@optical.org

Notes for editors:

1. The GOC is required by law to produce an Annual Report which is laid before Parliament. The 2013-14 Annual Report was laid before Parliament on 9 December 2014.

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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