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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

GOC publishes annual report for 2021-22, which highlights achievements to transform customer service, deliver world-class regulatory practice, and develop a culture of continuous improvement.

Published at 12:00 on 06/12/2022

Latest updates

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Dawn Lamb, a dispensing optician based in Newark, from its register.

Published on 24/01/2023

Ulster University and Cardiff University are the first to be noted to deliver Master of Optometry undergraduate qualifications under the GOC’s new education and training requirements.

Published on 23/01/2023

The GOC has decided to erase both Khairul Rahman and Sania Shah, optometrists based in Gerrards Cross, from its register.

Published on 19/01/2023

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Become a Council Associate

Applications are open for Council Associates in 2023. More information on the role and how to apply is in the candidate pack.

Published on 18/01/2023