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GOC seeks input for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Scheme

24 Feb 2014

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched a consultation seeking feedback on its proposed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Scheme, which is designed to ensure these principles are embedded throughout its work.

The scheme includes proposals to ensure fair access to GOC services; to ensure that all staff, registrants, Council and committee members are adequately trained and informed of their duties in respect of equality, diversity and inclusion; and to gather more data to better understand the makeup of the optical professions.

Gareth Hadley, GOC Chair, said: "Reaffirming and reinforcing our commitment to the values of equality, diversity and inclusion is important to ensure that our services and those provided by our registrants, businesses and individuals alike, are accessible to all members of the public.

"I encourage all stakeholders, and particularly individuals and groups representing those with protected characteristics, to take a look at our draft scheme and let us know if we've got it right."

The regulator has said that it will work closely with stakeholders in implementing the proposed actions to conform with good practice and meet the needs of all groups.

The consultation will run until 19 May. More information can be found on the GOC website.

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact:
Simon Grier
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478
e: sgrier@optical.org

Notes to editors

1. The nine protected characteristics in the Equality Act are: age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, and pregnancy or maternity.

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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