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Online retention helps more registrants renew on time

16 Mar 2012

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The General Optical Council (GOC) retention deadline for 2012/13 has now passed, with 94.9 per cent of registrants applying by the 15 March deadline. This represents an increase from 93.8 per cent last year.

This year’s retention period saw the GOC successfully introduce online retention for optical businesses. Individual optometrists and dispensing opticians renewed online for the first time last year.

Online retention has led to far more GOC registrants meeting the annual application deadline. In 2010, the final year before its introduction, just 90.4 per cent of registrants renewed on time.

Philip Hallam, GOC head of registration, said: “Online retention has made the process of renewing GOC registration quicker and easier for our registrants. Today’s figures show that last year’s improved application rate was not a one-off. We’re delighted that fewer registrants are putting their careers at risk by not applying on time.

“Missing the GOC retention deadline is serious. Those registrants who have not yet applied now face an additional late application fee, and if they have still not applied by 31 March they will be removed from the Opticians Registers. They should apply for retention immediately to ensure they can practise during 2012/13.”

For those who missed the 15 March deadline, the cost of retention has now increased to £280. A £20 late application fee is included in addition to the basic retention fee.

Registrants who fail to apply for retention by 31 March will be removed from the Opticians Registers from 1 April. They will then be unable to practise in the UK or use a protected title such as optician, dispensing optician or optometrist.


For further information please contact:
Neil Drake
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473

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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