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News from Council 13 November 2019

Council agreed the implementation plan for the Education Strategic Review (ESR), which is split into three stages: key deliverables, provider readiness and implementation.

GOC suspends Manchester based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Francisca Gracia Ruiz, an optometrist based in Manchester, from its register for six months.

Principles for good practice issued to protect patients online

The GOC, along with other Healthcare organisations including regulators, royal colleges and faculties, have issued a set of principles to help protect patient safety and welfare when accessing potentially-harmful medication online or over the phone.

GOC shares 2016-18 CET cycle evaluation report

The General Optical Council (GOC) has published the final report of the evaluation of its 2016-18 Continuing Education and Training (CET) cycle, following a review of the data it holds within its MyCET administrative online platform.

GOC launches ESR Expert Advisory Groups

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced the establishment of two new Expert Advisory Groups (EAGs), advising on the education and training of optometrists and dispensing opticians respectively, to help shape the new Learning Outcomes for students and Education Standards for providers as part of the Education Strategic Review (ESR).

GOC publish research into risk in the optical professions

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published research into risk in the optical professions. The research identifies current and future risks posed to patients and the public by optical professionals.

GOC erases Suffolk based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Jignesh Patel, an optometrist based in Suffolk, from its register.

GOC announce launch of new business standards website

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced the launch of a new website to support the new Standards for Optical Businesses that came into effect on 1 October 2019.

FTP and Education teams unavailable 4 October

The FTP and Education teams will be in a training session all day Friday 4 October. Please send queries to team emails - ftp@optical.org or education@optical.org.

GOC welcomes the Professional Standards Authority Performance Review

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today welcomed the publication of the Professional Standards Authority (‘the Authority’) Annual Review of Performance 2017/18. The GOC has met 22 of the 24 Standards of Good Regulation.

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