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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.

GOC removes 171 registrants after renewal deadline passes

The General Optical Council (GOC) has removed 140 individual practitioners and 31 bodies corporate from its registers for failing to renew their registration for the year 2017/2018 – less than 1% of registrants.

GOC erases Bolton-based dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Martin Clough, a dispensing optician based in Bolton, from its register - press release

GOC suspends Dumfries-based dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Alexander Farquharson, a dispensing optician based in Dumfries, from its register for a period of six months - press release

GOC suspends Leeds optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Simone Boyd, an optometrist based in Leeds, from its register for a period of 12 months - press release

GOC publishes guidance on professional duty of candour

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published guidance to assist registrants in meeting its standard relating to the professional duty of candour

GOC announces four new appointments to Council

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced that it has appointed four new members to its Council – two registrants and two lay members.

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