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Student retention deadline approaches

The 15 July deadline for student optometrists and dispensing opticians to renew their General Optical Council (GOC) registration is fast approaching - press release - 28 June 2011

GOC warns public could risk sight loss with illegal cosmetic lenses

People could be putting their sight at risk by wearing illegally sold cosmetic contact lenses, warns a new booklet published by the General Optical Council (GOC) - press release - 17 June 2011

Registrants back online retention in GOC survey

GOC registrants have given the thumbs-up to the regulator’s new online retention system in a recent survey - press release - 10 June 2011

National Eye Health Week, 13-19 June

This week is National Eye Health Week. Once again, eye care charities, organisations and health professionals from across the UK are joining together to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.

GOC publishes plans to get tough on illegal sales

The General Optical Council (GOC) has published a new protocol explaining how it will deal with breaches of the Opticians Act. The Protocol for the investigation and prosecution of criminal offences sets out when and how the GOC will deal with individuals and businesses it suspects of breaking the law - press release - 3 June 2011

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GOC launches lay member recruitment

Would you like to help shape the future of UK optical regulation? We're looking for a lay member to join our Council who can demonstrate senior level experience in patient safety or advocacy, or public involvement. - press release - 20 May 2011

News from 19 May Council

First report from new CEO; the revised protocol on criminal investigations and prosecutions; and the CHRE presents to Council. - press release - 19 May 2011

Student retention moves online

Optometry and dispensing optics students can now renew their General Optical Council (GOC) registration online for the first time. All students must renew by the 15 July deadline or risk being removed from the registers - press release - 3 May 2011

Online retention is a success for GOC

Almost 95 per cent of individual registrants completed their retention online for the first time this year - press release 5 April 2011 -

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