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GOC statement sets out next steps for student regulation review

16 Dec 2013

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today released a formal statement summarising the outcome of its consultation on proposed changes to the current system of student regulation and setting out next steps.

The GOC consulted from July to October on proposals to introduce a system of regulation for student optometrists and student dispensing opticians that would not require registration.

Currently the GOC is the only healthcare regulator overseen by the Professional Standards Authority that requires all students to register.

After carefully considering the feedback received during the consultation, the regulator has decided to conduct more research into the potential impact of the proposed changes and to carry out further discussions with stakeholders.

In particular the GOC will look at whether it can address concerns raised about its preferred model of regulation or whether it needs to explore alternative options, such as introducing provisional registration for trainee optometrists during their pre-registration period. We expect to publish a further statement in 2014.

Alistair Bridge, GOC Director of Policy and Communications, said: “The proposals under consideration will have a significant impact on optical education, so it is important that we get this right. As a result we are allowing more time to explore the concerns raised in our consultation. We will carry out research to better understand the public’s perspective and continue discussions with stakeholders.”

The full statement can be read on the GOC website.

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For media enquiries please contact:
Danny Langley
Communications Officer
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473
e: dlangley@optical.org

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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