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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.

GOC erases Yorkshire based optometrist

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

GOC erases Sheffield based student dispensing optician

GOC erases Sheffield based student dispensing optician

Tim Parkinson appointed to GOC Council

Tim Parkinson has been appointed as the newest lay member of the General Optical Council (GOC) as of 16 April 2020 for a period of four years.

Recently published statement during the COVID-19 emergency

The GOC has published a statement which provides guidance on the verification of contact lens specification during the COVID-19 emergency.

Recently published statement during the COVID-19 emergency

The GOC has published a statement which provides guidance for Continuing Education and Training (CET) providers on CET provision during the COVID-19 emergency.

Statement on registrants working in different settings during COVID-19 emergency

The GOC has published a statement which provides guidance for registrants working or volunteering in different settings during the COVID-19 emergency.

Statement on CET during the COVID-19 emergency

The GOC recently published a statement on Continuing Education and Training (CET) during the COVID-19 emergency.

GOC erases Cardiff based optometrist

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

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