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New GOC office set to open on 1 December

23 Nov 2015

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The General Optical Council (GOC) will open its new offices in Farringdon on Tuesday 1 December 2015.

Staff will be moving from Friday 27 November to Monday 30 November, during which time the office will be closed. Telephone support will be unavailable during this time.

Samantha Peters, GOC Chief Executive and Registrar, said: “We’re now ready to move into our new home in Farringdon which will bring enormous benefits to the organisation and, in turn, our ability to protect the public. We’ve successfully completed all of the necessary testing and from 1 December Farringdon will be our new home."

Because of the need to move and install IT equipment, the MyGOC and MyCET sections of the GOC website will be closed during that time. Registrants who wish to use the CET directory to find courses should therefore do so by Thursday 26 November, as after then it will not then be available until Tuesday 1 December. The GOC register will not be updated between Thursday 26 November and Tuesday 1 December.

The new building will bring benefits including the ability to hold hearings, Council and other meetings, and training in-house; a more modern working environment; improved IT infrastructure; and improved accessibility, especially for wheelchair users and people with sight loss.

Fitness to practise hearings have been held in the new offices since October and the GOC’s Council met there for the first time on 11 November.

The GOC’s new address will be 10 Old Bailey, London, EC4M 7NG. Its telephone number, 020 7580 3898, remains unchanged.

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact:

Simon Grier
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478
e: sgrier@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 28,500 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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