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GOC sets out key priorities for 2013/14

28 Mar 2013

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published its business plan for 2013/14, setting out its key priorities to enhance public protection.

The GOC’s priorities for the year include:
• a review of its standards of competence, conduct and performance
• completing its reviews of how optical businesses and students should be regulated
• considering its approach to tackling illegal practice

GOC chief executive and registrar Samantha Peters said: “Delivering our business plan will enhance patient safety and improve our efficiency as a regulator.

“Our priority projects could lead to significant regulatory changes, but we won’t be making them alone. It is vital that we work closely with our stakeholders over the coming year and make valuable use of their expertise as we consider changes to our rules or policies. I would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in our work to get involved in the consultations we will run and help us shape the future of optical regulation.”

The business plan, which covers the financial year 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014, will also see the GOC implement its new Fitness to Practise Rules and roll out a new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to improve its information management.

The GOC will also develop a new strategic plan for the three years 2014/15 – 2016/17. The Council’s current strategic plan comes to an end on 31 March 2014.

Samantha Peters added, “As well as implementing these projects, we will maintain our commitment to delivering our core functions - setting standards, approving qualifications, maintaining the register and investigating fitness to practise concerns - efficiently and effectively. I am determined that we will deliver high-quality public protection while also ensuring value for money.”

The business plan is available on the GOC website at


For further information please contact:
Simon Grier
Acting Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478


1. The GOC business plan for 2013-14 covers the third year of the GOC’s current strategic plan. Both are available on the GOC website at

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 26,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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