Issue 10, March 2012
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Law Commission consults on UK health regulators

Law Commission emailThe public has been given the opportunity to influence the future of healthcare regulation. The Law Commission is consulting on future changes to the legislation which governs how healthcare regulators operate.


The Government commissioned the review in order to simplify the existing laws.


Read more about the Law Commission review and get involved in shaping the future of UK healthcare regulation


GOC chief executive meets UK Vision Strategy Advisory Group

UK Vision Strategy emailEarlier this month Samantha Peters, our chief executive, presented at the Strategic Advisory Group for the UK Vision Strategy.


The UK Vision Strategy is a cross sector initiative which seeks a major transformation in the UK’s eye health, eye care and sight loss services.


Read more about UK Vision Strategy here

Fitness to Practise Rules consultation

FTP Rules emailWe are currently consulting on one further change to our Fitness to Practise Rules before they come into effect.

Last year, we consulted on a series of changes to the Rules, which govern what happens when somebody raises a complaint about an optometrist or dispensing optician .


Where we had proposed that our registrar should review decisions not to refer registrants to the fitness to practise committee, a number of respondents felt that our new case examiners should have this role instead. We are now conducting a further consultation on whether this particular change should be implemented.


Read full details and respond here

Online retention helps more registrants renew on time

Registration-emailOur annual retention deadline for 2012/13 has now passed, with 94.9 per cent of registrants applying by the 15 March deadline. This represents an increase from 93.8 per cent last year.


For this year’s retention period we successfully introduced online retention for optical businesses. Individual optometrists and dispensing opticians renewed online for the first time last year.


Online retention has led to far more registrants meeting the annual application deadline. In 2010, the final year before its introduction, just 90.4 per cent of registrants renewed on time.


You can read more about online retention here

News in brief

CET deadline

2012 marks the end of the current CET cycle. All registrants must achieve 36 points by 31 December in order to continue practising. From 2013, we will be making changes to enhance the scheme.


You can read about the enhancements here


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