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GOC erases Manchester based student dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Fawad Ahmed, a student dispensing optician based in Manchester, England, from its register.

Delivering safe eye care during easement of COVID-19 restrictions

As further lockdown restrictions lift across many parts of the UK today, maintaining high standards of infection control is vital, in order to protect practice teams and provide safe eyecare.

News from Council 14 July 2021

The General Optical Council (GOC) held its second Council meeting of the year, which considered three qualifications for approval, progress against the GOC’s fitness to practise (FtP) performance projections, Optical Consumer Complaints Service (OCCS) annual report for 2020-21, and the annual monitoring report (AMR) for sector education providers.

Sector clinical guidance on infection control measures in England after 19th July

The General Optical Council (GOC) welcomes the guidance for registrants practising in England that has been issued today.

GOC launches vital consultation on new requirements for independent prescribing qualifications

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched a consultation, on extensive proposals to update requirements that underpin the approval of qualifications for specialist entry to the GOC register, in additional supply (AS), supplementary prescribing (SP) and independent prescribing (IP) categories.

GOC shares insights from 2021 registrant survey

The General Optical Council (GOC) has published the findings from its 2021 registrant survey, which asked registrants about their views and perceptions of the GOC and their experiences of working in clinical practice.

GOC appoints Frank Munro as new registrant Council member

The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed Frank Munro as the new Scottish registrant Council member beginning today.

GOC publishes consultations on service of statutory notices by email, remote hearings and indicative sanctions

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched three consultations on new draft policy on the service of statutory notices by email, an updated remote hearings protocol, and an update to the hearings and indicative sanctions guidance.

GOC erases Derbyshire based dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Joanne Donnelly, a dispensing optician based in Derbyshire, England, from its register.

PSA report into ethical experiences of healthcare professionals during COVID-19 pandemic

We welcome the publication of a research report by Professor Deborah Bowman, former GOC Council Member and Professor of Medical Ethics, into the ethical experiences of healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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