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GOC publish research into risk in the optical professions

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today published research into risk in the optical professions. The research identifies current and future risks posed to patients and the public by optical professionals.

GOC erases Suffolk based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Jignesh Patel, an optometrist based in Suffolk, from its register.

GOC announce launch of new business standards website

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced the launch of a new website to support the new Standards for Optical Businesses that came into effect on 1 October 2019.

FTP and Education teams unavailable 4 October

The FTP and Education teams will be in a training session all day Friday 4 October. Please send queries to team emails - ftp@optical.org or education@optical.org.

GOC welcomes the Professional Standards Authority Performance Review

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today welcomed the publication of the Professional Standards Authority (‘the Authority’) Annual Review of Performance 2017/18. The GOC has met 22 of the 24 Standards of Good Regulation.

GOC erases Peterborough based student dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Arzoo Maqsood, a student dispensing optician based in Peterborough, from its register.

GOC pilots enhanced triage process for FTP complaints

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced the launch of a four-month pilot of an enhanced triage process that will give the GOC greater discretion to close cases at an earlier stage, where there is no ongoing risk to the public.

Public Statement about The University of Portsmouth's Optometry Programme

The University of Portsmouth will not be admitting any new students this term as a condition of the Optometry Programme’s continuing provisional approval.

GOC erases West Yorkshire based student optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Talha Daji, a student optometrist based in West Yorkshire, from its register. He will now be unable to undertake training as a student optometrist in the UK.

GOC erases Surrey based dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Michael Bowles, a dispensing optician based in Surrey, from its register. He will now be unable to practise as a dispensing optician in the UK.

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