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GOC encourages eligible optical businesses to register

The General Optical Council (GOC) is today encouraging eligible optical businesses to get GOC registered.

GOC registrants demonstrate their continued fitness to practise

New figures released by the GOC today show that the vast majority of optical practitioners have maintained their commitment to their profession by meeting their Continuing Education Training (CET) requirements.

GOC publishes new Standards for Optical Businesses

Today the GOC has published its new Standards for Optical Businesses, which will come into effect on 1 October 2019.

GOC consults on draft guidance: disclosing confidential information

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has today launched a consultation on new draft guidance on disclosing confidential information about patients.

Love Your Lenses Week: Watch the Land The Message video

Love Your Lenses Week (23-30 March) begins this weekend and this year the focus is on helping practitioners to ‘land the message’ of good contact lens aftercare with their patients.

GOC publishes Brexit - Frequently Asked Questions

Brexit - Frequently Asked Questions

GOC imposes financial penalty on Boots Opticians LTD

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to impose the maximum financial penalty of £50,000 on Boots Opticians Professional Services LTD.

Lesley Longstone appointed as permanent GOC Chief Executive and Registrar

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced that its interim Chief Executive and Registrar, Lesley Longstone, has been appointed to the role permanently.

News from Council 13 February 2019

Council approved publication of the new Standards for Optical Businesses, following the amendment to the standards to address feedback received from stakeholders during the consultation.

GOC suspends Hounslow based dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Jatinder Bhamra, a dispensing optician based in Heston, Hounslow from its register for a period of nine months.

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