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GOC welcomes guidance from The College of Optometrists on Leicester and Scotland

We welcome the latest guidance from The College of Optometrists for registrants in Leicester and Scotland.

Response to the petition for the General Optical Council to be investigated for conflict of interest

We are aware of concerns raised by members of the optical sector in a petition on change.org. Please read our response which is linked in this news story.

Revised statement on the re-opening of optical practices

We have revised our statement on the re-opening of optical practices based on feedback we have received. The changes also incorporate new guidance from Government and/or the NHS across the four nations regarding the resumption of optical services and we have worked closely with The College of Optometrists to ensure that our statement and their guidance are aligned.

GOC response on re-opening optical practices statement

GOC issues a response to its re-opening optical practices statement.

GOC statement on the Education Strategic Review

GOC Director of Education, Leonie Milliner, explains the purpose of the ESR and the action we are taking to ensure everyone can contribute at a pace they are comfortable with.

Statement on the re-opening of optical practices during the COVID-19 emergency

We have published a statement on the re-opening of optical practices during the COVID-19 emergency.

GOC launches consultation on Continuing Education and Training scheme

The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a consultation on proposals to introduce changes to its Continuing Education and Training (CET) scheme.

GOC suspends Hampshire based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Jagdip Dhariwal, an optometrist based in Hampshire, from its register for six months.

News from Council 13 May 2020

The General Optical Council (GOC) held its first remote Council meeting which considered the Education Strategic Review (ESR), fitness to practise (FTP) performance, new guidance on holding remote hearings, and its response to COVID-19.

GOC welcomes the Professional Standards Authority Performance Review

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today welcomed the publication of the Professional Standards Authority’s (‘the Authority’) annual review of our performance for 2018/19. The GOC has met 22 of the 24 Standards of Good Regulation.

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