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GOC staff raise money for eye research

A team of General Optical Council (GOC) staff are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for research into sight-threatening conditions when they embark on Fight for Sight?s 15 mile Carrots Nightwalk on 23 September - press release - 2 September 2011

GOC reports significant drop in student retention removals

The General Optical Council (GOC) has removed 217 students from its registers for failing to renew their registration for 2011-12 - press release - 2 September 2011

GOC appoints new Council member

The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed Selina Ullah as its new lay member of Council - press release - 10 August 2011

David Howell appointed chief executive and registrar of GCC

David Howell has been appointed chief executive and registrar of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). He will leave his post as General Optical Council (GOC) director of regulatory services on 1 November 2011 - press release - 1 August 2011

News from 28 July Council

News from our Council meeting on 28 July, including updates on criminal prosecutions, CHRE's efficiency review and our financial position.

GOC publishes guidance for students with disabilities

The General Optical Council (GOC) has published new guidance for students, and potential students, with disabilities who wish to become an optician - press release - 28 July 2011

Student retention deadline passed

The deadline for student optometrists and dispensing opticians to renew their General Optical Council (GOC) registration has now passed, with the regulator reporting a large increase in the proportion of students applying on time - press release - 19 July 2011

Join Fight for Sight's new sponsored night walk and see London in the dark

Places are now available for Fight for Sight's brand new sponsored event - the Carrots Nightwalk!

GOC recognised as 'effective regulator'

The General Optical Council (GOC) has been recognised as an 'effective regulator'. In its annual review of the nine regulators it oversees, the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) praised the GOC's performance in standards, education, registration and fitness to practise - press release - 5 July 2011

Provisional approval for Plymouth

The GOC has granted Plymouth University provisional approval to run an optometry degree course. Up to 36 students will be allowed to start the course in September.

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