You are:

News and press releases

This is the GOC news releases homepage. Each headline opens the full news story or press release.
Displaying 31 - 38 of 38
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4

News from 24 March Council

News from our 24 March Council meeting including the structure of future public meetings, budgets and support for Council members from the devolved administrations.

Online system helps more GOC registrants to renew on time

The GOC retention deadline has now passed, with the Council reporting an increase in the percentage of registrants who applied by the 15 March cutoff date - news release - 16 March 2011

Raising awareness of optical regulation

The GOC leaflet 'Check your optician is registered' is available now for patients and members of the public from information stands in 7,000 GP surgeries and 1,200 pharmacies across the UK. - press release - 23 February 2011

GOC consults on Fitness to Practice Rule changes

The General Optical Council (GOC) is seeking feedback from the profession and the public on potential changes to its Fitness to Practise (FTP) rules. The Council has launched a consultation, closing on 29 April, to invite opinions on the proposed new regulations - press release - 14 February 2011.

No Smoking Day 2011

The No Smoking Day charity are asking opticians to support the campaign to help raise awareness of the impact smoking can have on the eyes - 2 February 2011.

News from 27 January Council

News from our 27 January Council meeting including an update on online retention, changes to the Fitness to Practise process and criminal prosecutions.

GOC appoints new Chief Executive

The General Optical Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Samantha Peters as its new Chief Executive and Registrar. Samantha, who is expected to take up the position effective 28 March 2011, will replace Satjit Singh, the interim Chief Executive and Registrar - press release - 24 January 2011

First 1,000 registrants complete online retention

The first 1,000 registrants to renew their 2011/12 GOC registration have now successfully applied for retention using the regulator's new MyGOC online system - press release - 11 January 2011

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4