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Shetland-based optometrist erased from GOC register

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has erased Brian Kelly, an optometrist based in the Shetland Islands, from its registers. He is now unable to practise as an optometrist in the UK - press release

Hertfordshire-based dispensing optician erased from GOC register

The GOC has erased Philip Egan, a dispensing optician based in Hertfordshire, from its registers. He is now unable to practise as a dispensing optician in the UK - Press release

Scam call alert

The GOC has been alerted to calls being made by someone purporting to be working on our behalf, asking for contact details including email addresses and phone numbers

Registrants demonstrate their confidence in applying the GOC Standards of Practice

Research by the General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for the optical professions in the UK, shows that 85 per cent of registrants feel confident in their ability to meet its new Standards of Practice, which came into effect in April 2016 - press release

GOC suspends Manchester optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has suspended Stewart Clough, an optometrist based in Manchester, from its register for a period of 12 months - press release

GOC registration renewal open for 2017/18

Optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical businesses can renew their annual General Optical Council (GOC) registration now for the year beginning 1 April 2017. Registrants can apply online by logging in to their MyGOC account at www.optical.org - press release

GOC announces new appointments to its statutory advisory committees

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today appointed 14 new members to its four statutory advisory committees. The committee members will provide expert advice on key areas of the GOC’s work, ensuring that it accounts for the realities of a diverse range of optical practice - press release

GOC suspends Norfolk optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has suspended Alexander Pennington, an optometrist based in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, from its register for a period of three months - press release

Eye care regulator commits to working with optical sector to reduce barriers to community based eye care services

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for opticians, has today committed to working with the optical sector to reduce the barriers to the provision of community based eye care services - press release

Gareth Hadley reappointed as Chair of the GOC Council

Gareth Hadley has been reappointed as Chair of the General Optical Council (GOC). His second four year term will begin on 18 February 2017 and will run for the next four years until 17 February 2021 - press release