Issue 7, February 2011
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GOC consults on new Fitness to Practise Rules


We are now seeking feedback on potential changes to our Fitness to Practise Rules. We have launched a consultation, closing on 29 April, to invite opinions on the proposed new Rules.

The potential changes are designed to speed up the FTP process, make it fairer and more transparent, and ensure the rules reflect recent legal developments.

Find out more and respond to the consultation

Consultation Framework updated

We have updated and relaunched

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our Consultation Framework. 

Originally published in March 2009, it sets out the principles by which we seek to involve you in our work, and underlines our commitment in this area.

Find out more and read the new framework

Raising public awareness

For the next three months, our leaflet ‘Check your optician isCheck your optician is registered - thumb registered’ will be available from 7,000 GP surgeries and 1,200 pharmacies.

According to 2010 research for the College of Optometrists, one in five people have never had a sight test or haven’t had one in the past five years. This public campaign aims to raise awareness about optometrists and dispensing opticians, and their importance in maintaining good eye health.

Find out more or download a copy of the leaflet

GOC backs education roadshows

Optical bodies and high street opticians 

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are working together to encourage more young people to choose optics as a career.

The Careers in Optics Working Group has piloted a roadshow to encourage teenagers to take up the profession.

Find out more about the roadshows here

National Eye Health Week: 13-19 June 2011

National Eye Health Week is a national campaign to educate the public on the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests.

It will run from 13-19 June and is currently looking for sponsors.

Find out more or get involved




News in brief

Samantha Peters appointed GOC chief executive

Anna Bradley appointed GOC Chair

GOC reduces retention fee for 2011-12

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