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GOC retention now underway for 2012/13

6 Jan 2012

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Optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical businesses can now renew their GOC registration for 2012/13. The retention fee for 2012/13 has been reduced for the second year in a row, to £260, as a result of the Council’s continued cost savings.

Registrants can log on to the MyGOC section of to apply for retention in just a few minutes. Business registrants (bodies corporate) can now use the online system for the first time, following its successful introduction for individual registrants last year.

Philip Hallam, GOC Head of Registration said: “Registration is an important legal requirement for optical professionals and businesses. I’d encourage all registrants to apply without delay.

“Applying online only takes a few minutes and the feedback we received from registrants last year indicated that the vast majority found it a quick and easy process. This year we’ve introduced the online system for businesses as well, so all our registrants can benefit from applying electronically.”

Practitioners with a total gross income of less than £12,000 per year are eligible for the GOC’s low income fee of £160. They must apply for the reduced fee by 1 February 2012, by completing the application form on the GOC website, prior to completing their retention application online.

Any practitioner who does not apply by the 15 March 2012 deadline will face a £20 late application fee. Registrants who have still not renewed their registration by 31 March 2012, including payment of the late fee, risk removal from the registers after 1 April 2012. They will then be unable to practise in the UK, or use a protected title such as optometrist or dispensing optician, until they have been restored to the register.


For further information please contact:
Clare March
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473


1. The MyGOC url is
2. Registrants who experience a problem during the online application process or have a question can contact the registration team by email at, 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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