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Alert: Printing error on retention return envelopes

The GOC is aware of a printing error on the return envelopes enclosed with the retention packs which were recently sent to registrants. Registrants are advised to continue to use the envelopes enclosed in their packs - news - 24 December 2009

GOC Christmas office closure

The GOC offices will be closed between 24 December 2009 and 4 January 2010. If you have a CET-related query please contact Vantage Technologies on 08432 085487, by email at or alternatively you can find more information about the CET requirements at - news - 21 December 2009

GOC retention 2010-11 gets underway

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today sent out retention application packs to all fully-registered optometrists and dispensing opticians who have completed their CET requirements for the current cycle - press release - 11 December

GOC launches 'phase two' of five-year strategy consultation

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched 'phase two' of a consultation that will help to determine the Council's work priorities for 2010-15 - news release -8 December 2009

GOC issues final call to registrants ahead of CET deadline

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today issued a final call to all registrants who have not yet earned their minimum CET points requirement to do so by the 31 December 2009 deadline - press release - 7 December 2009

First independent prescribers join GOC registers

From today, optometrists who have qualified to independently prescribe medicines for ocular conditions can apply to join the GOC's new Independent Prescribing (IP) speciality register - news - 1 December 2009

GOC statement on staged payments

ABDO issued an email to its members stating that 'the GOC has once again refused to allow registrants who need to, to pay in two instalments'. We would like to clarify that this is not the case - news - 19 November 2009

News from 18 November Council

Draft strategy for 2010-15 approved, new codes of conduct approved, budget for 2010-11 and more news from Council - news - 18 November 2009

College of Optometrists begins search for new Council members

The College of Optometrists has issued calls for nomination to Council for 2010. There are a total of eighteen vacancies across nine regions, and practising members in each of these regions are encouraged to stand - news - 16 November 2009

Non-executive directors announced for new adjudication body for health professionals

The Department of Health, the General Medical Council (GMC) and the General Optical Council (GOC) today welcomed the appointments of Andrew Colquhoun and Pamela Charlwood as the first two non-executive directors of the new Office of the Health Professions Adjudicator (OHPA) - news - 23 October 2009

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