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GOC retention deadline approaching

6 Mar 2012

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GOC retention deadline approaching

The General Optical Council retention deadline for optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical businesses is just nine days away.

To date, 71 per cent of registrants have applied for retention. All registrants must apply for retention by 15 March. A £20 late application charge applies to registrants who apply after the 15 March deadline. Those who fail to apply by 31 March will be removed from the registers, and be unable to practise in the UK.

Registrants can log on to the MyGOC section of www.optical.org to apply for retention in just a few minutes.

Philip Hallam, GOC Head of Registration said: “The online system makes applying for retention quick and easy. All registrants should apply as quickly as possible to have peace of mind that they are registered for the year 2012/13. Registration is a legal requirement in order to either practise as an optometrist or dispensing optician, or to use those protected titles.”

ENDS

For further information please contact:
Simon Grier
Communications Officer
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478
e: sgrier@optical.org

NOTES FOR EDITORS

1. The MyGOC url is https://www.optical.org/en/login/index.cfm
2. Registrants who experience a problem during the online application process or have a question can contact the registration team by email at registration@optical.org, by sending a tweet to @GOC_UK, or by calling 020 7580 3898 and selecting option 1.
3. Optometrists and dispensing opticians who are practising in the UK are legally required to be registered with the GOC.

4. Registrants who pay by direct debit are still required to apply for retention in order to renew their GOC registration.

5. Registrants who are removed from the registers from 1 April and wish to continue practising in the UK must complete an application for restoration form. The restoration fee is £70 in addition to the appropriate full retention fee. Registrants also need to have earned 12 general CET points to restore (and six specialist points where applicable), in the 12 months prior to their restoration application.

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 24,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.
 

 

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