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Glossary

  • PQE

    Professional Qualifying Examination

  • Privy Council

    The part of Her Majesty’s Government which advises on the exercise of prerogative powers and certain functions assigned to The Queen and the Council by Act of Parliament.

  • Professional bodies

    The collective term used to refer to the organisations who represent the optical professions in the UK.

  • Protected title

    Protected titles are legally reserved for GOC registrants. They are: (registered) optometrist; (registered) dispensing optician; (registered) ophthalmic optician; and (registered) optician(s).

  • PSA

    Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. Oversees the work of the GOC and the eight other UK healthcare regulators