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GOC statement on service of registration notices during the COVID-19 emergency

We have published a statement on service of registration notices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Statement on use of technology during the COVID-19 emergency

We have published a statement on the use of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

GOC approves temporary changes to Optometry Handbook and Supervision Policy

Following a short consultation, we have approved a number of temporary changes to our Optometry Handbook and Supervision Policy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

GOC response to concerns raised by Association of British Dispensing Opticians about the Education Strategic Review

We acknowledge the Association of British Dispensing Opticians’ (ABDO) concerns, published on its website on 6 August 2020, relating to our latest Education Strategic Review (ESR) consultation. We would like to address these concerns and clarify our proposals.

GOC erases Scarborough based dispensing optician

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

GOC launches ESR consultation on updated education and training requirements

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched its Education Strategic Review (ESR) consultation on proposals to update its requirements for GOC approved qualifications leading to registration as a dispensing optician or an optometrist.

GOC consultation on temporary changes to our Optometry Quality Assurance Handbook

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are consulting on proposed temporary changes to our Accreditation and Quality Assurance Handbook: Routes to registration in Optometry, 2015.

News from Council 15 July 2020

The General Optical Council (GOC) held its second remote Council meeting on Wednesday 15 July which considered a review of the strategic plan, the Education Strategic Review (ESR), temporary changes to optometry education and training requirements, the GOC annual report and the Optical Consumer Complaints Service (OCCS) Annual Report 2019-2020.

GOC erases London based optometrist

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

PSA statement on petition to investigate GOC

The Professional Standards Authority has considered the matters raised in the recent petition which requested a special review of the GOC.

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