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GOC appoints three new members to committees

The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed three new members to its advisory committees. Alicia Thompson and Geraldine McBride have joined the Education Committee and Philip Bird has joined the Registration Committee. The three new members took up their roles on 1 July 2017 - press release

Responses to GOC call for evidence demonstrate consensus on direction of travel for eye care delivery

The GOC has today published a summary of the responses it received to its Education Strategic Review Call for Evidence. This shows a broad consensus across the sector that the system of optical education and training is in need of change and that there is an appetite for this - press release

News from Council 10 May 2017

Council welcomed the detailed and considered submissions that were received from over 50 stakeholders in response to the call for evidence on the Education Strategic Review. They discussed and approved the publication of an independent report summarising the responses and agreed the next steps for the project - press release

GOC welcomes Professional Standards Authority performance review

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today welcomed the Professional Standards Authority’s (The Authority) 2015-16 performance review report. The GOC has met 22 of The Authority’s 24 Standards of Good Regulation.

GOC statement on Adlens adjustable focus spectacles

Our statement on Adlens adjustable focus spectacles

GOC appoints new Chief Executive

The General Optical Council (GOC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Vicky McDermott as its new Chief Executive and Registrar. Vicky, who will take up the position on 4 September 2017, will replace Samantha Peters, the current Chief Executive and Registrar - press release

Coventry-based optometrist suspended

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has suspended Mohamed Saleem Patel, an optometrist based in Coventry, from its register for a period of nine months.

GOC publishes guidance on gaining valid consent

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published guidance on obtaining valid consent to assist registrants in meeting its standards of practice - press release

GOC thanks optical industry and patients for Love Your Lenses support

The General Optical Council is today thanking all of the eyecare professionals, patients, employers, manufacturers and professional bodies who helped spread the word about good contact lens care during Love Your Lenses Week - press release

GOC publishes Strategic Plan for next three years

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published its Strategic Plan for 2017/20, with a strong focus on the future of education in the optical professions.

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