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Thousands of CET points still ‘pending’

The GOC is today reminding registrants to log into their MyGOC account and accept any ‘pending’ CET points. Currently, there are 55,764 CET points that have yet to be accepted - press release

GOC appoints Lesley Longstone CB as Interim Chief Executive and Registrar

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced that Lesley Longstone will replace Adam Sampson as its Interim Chief Executive and Registrar, following Adam’s appointment to a permanent CEO role - press release

News from GOC Council, 12 September 2018

News from Council including an update on the Education Strategic Review

Whistleblowing Disclosures Report

The GOC has published a joint report with other professional healthcare regulators in an effort to be transparent about how these disclosures are handled, build confidence in whistleblowing and improve collaboration across the sector.

GOC suspends Manchester based optometrist

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

GOC erases Slough based optometrist

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

GOC launches consultation on the future of Continuing Education and Training

The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a consultation to understand how to develop the current system of Continuing Education and Training (CET) so it is fit for the future - press release

News from Council 11 July 2018

Council approved new Fitness to Practise (FTP) Acceptance Criteria. The criteria will define the circumstances where the GOC will accept a complaint as an allegation of a registrant’s impaired fitness to practise. Those that do not meet the criteria would be closed, and may be directed to another organisation, without referral to GOC Case Examiners - press release

GOC appoints new Hearings Panel members

The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed four new Hearings Panel members: Caroline Corby, Amit Jinabhai, Kathryn King and Julia Wortley - press release

Newly qualified optometrists want more clinical training before qualifying

Most newly qualified optical professionals think they didn’t get enough clinical experience during the academic parts of their training, according to new General Optical Council (GOC) research - press release

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