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News from Council 15 November 2017

Council agreed to proceed with a consultation on the concepts and principles that should underpin a system of optical education and training fit for the future in the next phase of the Education Strategic Review. This consultation follows our Call for Evidence and extensive engagement with a wide range of stakeholders from across the UK - press release

GOC announces new appointments to its statutory advisory committees

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today appointed ten new lay members to four of its statutory advisory committees. The committee members will provide expert advice on key areas of the GOC’s work, ensuring that it continues to take account of issues that affect registrants and the public and puts patient safety at the heart of its decisions - press release

GOC erases Southall-based optometrist from its register

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Harj Sethi, an optometrist based in Southall, Middlesex from its register. He will now be unable to practise in the UK - press release

Halloween party-goers urged to protect themselves from contact lens horrors

Experts from Moorfields Eye Hospital are urging party-goers planning to wear spooky contact lenses this Halloween to buy and wear them safely. Cosmetic contact lenses can cause an increase in A&E visits around the Halloween season, with under-16s among those affected - press release

GOC suspends Essex-based dispensing optician

The General Optical Council has decided to suspend Ivan Jason Kidgell, a dispensing optician based in Essex, from its register for a period of 12 months.

Website undergoing essential maintenance

MyGOC, MyCET and online forms will not be available on Friday 8 September 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Information for recent applicants

This is one of the busiest times of the year for the Registration team due to the high volumes of applications that we receive from students and fully qualified applicants applying to join registers.

GOC suspends Exeter-based optometrist

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

GOC erases Essex-based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Mark Walker, an optometrist based in Colchester, Essex from its register. He will now be unable to practise in the UK - press release

GOC seeks new committee members

The General Optical Council (GOC) is looking to appoint a total of six new registrant members to its statutory committees

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