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GOC freezes registration fee

The General Optical Council (GOC) has frozen its 2013-14 registration fee at £260 – a third consecutive reduction in real terms - press release - 23 November 2012

GOC recruiting new Chair

The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a campaign to recruit a new Chair - press release - 8 November 2012

New directors join GOC

The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed Josephine Lloyd and Alistair Bridge to its senior management team - press release - 5 November 2012

News from 24 October Council

News from our 24 October 2012 Council meeting, including CET and our new FTP Rules - press release - 26 October 2012

GOC Investigation Committee 'makes sound decisions'

The General Optical Council’s (GOC) Investigation Committee has been assessed as 'making sound decisions' by the body which scrutinises and oversees its work - press release - 22 October 2012

GOC reports drop in student removals

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today removed 199 students from its registers for failing to renew their registration for 2012-13. This represents just 4.5% of the student registers - press release - 4 September 2012

GOC recruiting education visit panel members

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched a recruitment drive for new members of its education visit panels - press release - 31 August 2012

Student retention deadline passed

A total of 87.6% of student optometrists and dispensing opticians applied to renew their General Optical Council (GOC) registration by the 15 July deadline - press release - 17 July 2012

Status of fluorescein

The General Optical Council has consulted the MHRA and confirmed that contact lens opticians (CLOs) may administer pharmacy medicines to their patients in the course of their business. This means CLOs can use fluorescein strips as they are classed as pharmacy medicines - statement - 5 July 2012

GOC praised across all areas of work

The General Optical Council (GOC) has won praise for its work over the last year in its 2011/12 CHRE performance review - press release - 3 July 2012

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