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GOC announces Education Strategic Review

The General Optical Council has today set out plans to review education in the optical sector - press release

GOC registrants demonstrate ongoing fitness to practise

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today released figures showing that the vast majority of opticians have demonstrated their continuing fitness to practise by meeting the requirements of its Continuing Education and Training (CET) scheme - press release

New GOC Standards of Practice come into effect

The General Optical Council’s (GOC) new Standards of Practice for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians, and separate new Standards for Optical Students, have today come into effect - press release

Contact lens optician appointed to the GOC Investigation Committee

The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed Sarah Baylay, a practising contact lens optician, to its Investigation Committee (IC) - press release

Somerset-based optometrist erased from GOC register

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for opticians, has erased Colin Vallance, an optometrist based in Taunton, Somerset, from its registers - press release

Plymouth-based optometrist suspended from GOC register

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for opticians, has suspended Lionel Watson, an optometrist based in Plymouth, from its register for 12 months - press release

GOC issues contact lens care reminder

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published research highlighting the importance of ensuring patients understand that contact lenses are a healthcare product and that they receive clear aftercare advice - press release

Falkirk-based optometrist suspended from GOC registers

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for opticians, has suspended Lesley-Anne McCue, an optometrist based in Falkirk, from its registers for 12 months.

GOC launches CET guidance booklet

The General Optical Council has today launched a booklet providing its registrants with guidance for the 2016-18 Continuing Education and Training (CET) cycle - press release

News from Council, 10 February 2016

News from the GOC Council meeting on 10 February 2016, including a new policy on raising concerns with the GOC and a consultation on its hearings and indicative sanctions guidance.

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