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GOC announces new appointments to its Companies and Investigation committees

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today appointed two new registrant committee members to its Investigation Committee and three new business representatives to its Companies Committee - press release

GOC consults on fitness to practise acceptance criteria

The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a consultation on introducing formal fitness to practise acceptance criteria - press release

GOC launches Education Strategic Review concepts and principles consultation

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published a consultation on the concepts and principles that could underpin optical education and training in the future, as part of its Education Strategic Review - press release

Public opinion split on the benefits of using machines in the future delivery of eye care

The general public are split on the benefits of using machines to replace optometrists in delivering sight tests, according to the General Optical Council’s (GOC) latest public perceptions survey - press release

GOC statement on adjustable focus spectacles

In May, the GOC published a statement on one brand of adjustable focus spectacles. We have since then been contacted about other similar products, and we are issuing this statement to clarify that we will take the same approach to all such products.

News from Council 15 November 2017

Council agreed to proceed with a consultation on the concepts and principles that should underpin a system of optical education and training fit for the future in the next phase of the Education Strategic Review. This consultation follows our Call for Evidence and extensive engagement with a wide range of stakeholders from across the UK - press release

GOC announces new appointments to its statutory advisory committees

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today appointed ten new lay members to four of its statutory advisory committees. The committee members will provide expert advice on key areas of the GOC’s work, ensuring that it continues to take account of issues that affect registrants and the public and puts patient safety at the heart of its decisions - press release

Halloween party-goers urged to protect themselves from contact lens horrors

Experts from Moorfields Eye Hospital are urging party-goers planning to wear spooky contact lenses this Halloween to buy and wear them safely. Cosmetic contact lenses can cause an increase in A&E visits around the Halloween season, with under-16s among those affected - press release

Website undergoing essential maintenance

MyGOC, MyCET and online forms will not be available on Friday 8 September 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Information for recent applicants

This is one of the busiest times of the year for the Registration team due to the high volumes of applications that we receive from students and fully qualified applicants applying to join registers.

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