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We protect the public by setting standards for education, training, performance and conduct amongst opticians in the UK

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GOC Reception

The GOC has today launched a consultation on its draft strategy for 2025-30.

Published at 12:00 on 17/04/2024

Latest updates

The GOC has decided to suspend Hadiqa Ali and Azhar Mahmood, two student optometrists based in Birmingham, from its register for three months and six months respectively.

Published on 08/07/2024

The GOC has decided to suspend Gareth Harris, a dispensing optician based in Newport, Wales, from its register for six months.

Published on 05/07/2024

News and press releases

GOC recruits Hearings Panel chairs

We are seeking to appoint 11 lay chair members to our Hearings Panel. As a lay chair member, you will chair either Fitness to Practise Committees or Registration Appeals Committees.

Published on 01/07/2024

The GOC has decided to suspend Rajeev Lal Saigal, an optometrist based in Leicester, from its register for 28 days from 19 July 2024.

Published on 28/06/2024