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Anna Bradley appointed GOC Chair

The Appointments Commission has appointed Anna Bradley as permanent Chair of the General Optical Council (GOC). She has been interim Chair since 3 June 2010 - press release - 20 December 2010

GOC reduces retention fee for 2011-12

The GOC today announces that the retention fees for 2011-12 will be £270 for all fully-qualified registrants and bodies corporate. Subject to unforeseen circumstances, we intend to hold retention fees level for a period of three years, based on a lower budget forecast - press release - 25 November 2010

GOC announces organisation restructure

The GOC has today announced that it is restructuring the organisation to ensure it is best placed to deliver its five year strategic plan, published in April this year - press release - 12 November 2010

GOC advertising for new Chief Executive and Registrar

We are now recruiting for a new Chief Executive and Registrar. For more information, please visit the 'working for us' page.

GOC Annual Report 2009-10 goes live

The General Optical Council (GOC) has now published its 2009-10 Annual Report. It is available online from

New Chief Executive and Registrar

Satjit Singh has joined the GOC as interim Chief Executive and Registrar. Satjit's biography is available from the senior management team page of the website.

News from 23 September Council

A summary of news from our Council meeting on 23 September including the consideration of a low income retention fee, revalidation proposals and how fitness to practise information should be displayed on our registers.

Chief executive departs GOC 'to pursue pastures new'

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced that after 20 years' loyal and committed service, Dian Taylor, GOC Chief Executive and Registrar has decided to leave to pursue her career in pastures new - news release - 16 September

GOC removes 386 student opticians from the registers

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today removed 386 student optometrists and dispensing opticians from its registers, for failing to renew their registration for 2010-11 - press release - 13 September 2010

GOC responds to AOP and ABDO on retention fees

The GOC has responded to AOP and ABDO comments made in the Optician and Optometry Today journals - news - 19 August

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