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COVID-19 Update

GOC staff are now working remotely instead of the office, which is now closed to the public. Enquiries should be made by email where possible. However, if you would prefer to contact us by telephone, please call us on 020 7580 3898.
There may occasionally be background noise and we will only answer calls where staff are able to talk confidentially. This may mean call waiting times are longer than you might usually expect. If we can’t answer your call, you’ll be able to leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Please note: We will only be responding to messages 9am-5pm Monday to Friday


To help with your queries, we've developed some Frequently Asked Questions

Please find a list below of emails for each department: 


Our address

10 Old Bailey



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Contact us on Twitter and LinkedIn to ask us questions about registering with us, Continuing Education and Training (CET) for optical professionals, or any other general queries you may have.



If you would like to make a complaint about a GOC registrant, please communicate with us directly and not over social media. Read our ‘how to make a complaint’ page to learn more about our complaints process.


Office hours

9:00 - 17:00 Mon – Thurs 
9:00 - 16:45 Fri


Accessing our office

Please note that due to the COVID-19 emergency, our office is closed to any visitors until further notice.

Our central London office is a short walk from Blackfriars and City Thameslink railway stations as well as St Paul's tube. The area is well served by local buses - see for details. See Parkopedia for details and prices of nearby car parks. Please be aware that the office is in the central London congestion charging zone.

Map of the GOC office

Content Panels

Search our registers

Search our registers

Find a registered individual practitioner or business.


Information about our upcoming fitness to practise hearings.

Our Council

Our Council

The General Optical Council is composed of 12 members

Working for us

Working for us

Healthcare regulation in the UK is currently undergoing reform and modernisation – so this is an exciting time to join us.