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GOC launches new FtP Focus learning bulletin

The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched ‘FtP Focus’, a new learning bulletin for registrants on the Fitness to Practise (FtP) process. The bulletin, which will be published quarterly, aims to provide insight into the types of concerns the GOC receives and how it assesses them at every stage of investigation.

GOC shares recommendations on RQF levels for optometrists and dispensing opticians

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) has recommended that qualifications approved by the General Optical Council (GOC) for entry onto the register as an optometrist should be set at level 7/11 and at level 6/10 for dispensing opticians on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)/Framework for Higher Education Qualification (FHEQ) in England – and equivalent in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

GOC co-signs letter in recognition of optometrists and dispensing opticians during the COVID-19 emergency

We would like to thank our registrants for supporting patients and continuing to deliver the very best care throughout the challenges of the COVID-19 emergency.

Update to process for EEA and Swiss national applicants

We would like to share updates to the process for EEA and Swiss optometrists and dispensing opticians who wish to join the GOC register from 1 January 2021.

GOC to contribute to new research on the effect of COVID-19 on BAME healthcare workers

The General Optical Council (GOC) is contributing to the UK Research study into Ethnicity and COVID-19 outcomes in Healthcare workers (UK-REACH).

GOC suspends Leeds based student dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Haroon Amin, a student dispensing optician based in Leeds, from its register for twelve months.

News from Council 11 November 2020

The General Optical Council (GOC) held its November Council meeting which considered the findings from the Education Strategic Review (ESR) consultation, changes as part of its Continuing Education and Training (CET) Review, and annual registration fees.

GOC suspends Leicester based optometrist Honey Rose

The General Optical Council (GOC) notes the decision of its independent Fitness to Practise Committee (FtPC) to suspend Honey Rose for 9 months.

How we will continue to regulate in light of the new COVID-19 restrictions

We remain committed to delivering our regulatory work to protect the public following the latest COVID-19 national restrictions, which came into effect on 5 November.

Statement on optical services in England from 5 November 2020

Following the Government’s announcement on 31 October 2020, new national restrictions will come into effect in England on Thursday 5 November.

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