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OHPA hearings to be held in London and Manchester

The Office of the Health Professions Adjudicator (OHPA) has today announced its decision to hold fitness to practise hearings in both London and Manchester - news release - 31 March

'Enhanced version of CET' could play a role in revalidation

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published independent research that suggests an 'enhanced version of CET' could form part of the revalidation scheme for optometrists and dispensing opticians.

Retention deadline now passed

The deadline for retention forms and payments has now passed. In total, 90.4 per cent of registrants successfully applied for retention by the 15 March deadline - news release - 15 March

GOC sets priorities for next five years

The GOC will support UK eyecare in delivering high-quality care, modernise its functions and engage with its stakeholders, under its new five-year strategy for 2010-15 - press release - 15 March 2010

GOC equality data shows more women entering optical professions

Increasing numbers of women and practitioners of Asian ethnic origin are entering the optical professions, according to new equality and diversity data released today by the General Optical Council (GOC) - press release - 15 March

Check your retention status

The AOP has advised members to check their retention status. Follow this link to access the registrants area and check your status online.

One week to go until GOC retention deadline

The retention deadline for all fully-registered optometrists and dispensing opticians is just one week away - news release - 9 March

GOC praised for 'commitment to quality and fairness' in investigating fitness to practise complaints

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today been praised by the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) in relation to its processes for investigating complaints about registrants' fitness to practise - press release - 1 March

News from 25 February Council

GOC sets strategy for 2010-15; members approve business priorities and 2010-11 budget; GOC outlines proposals for two Stakeholder Reference Groups; and more news from Council.

Chief executive announced for new adjudication body for health professionals

Stephen Shaw CBE has been appointed as the first chief executive of the Office of the Health Professions Adjudicator (OHPA), the Department of Health announced today - news release -18 February

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