We are the regulator for the optical professions in the UK
We protect the public by setting standards for education, training, performance and conduct amongst opticians in the UK
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You can use the opticians registers to search for an individual practitioner or a registered business.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information
Latest information from the Government and GOC related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency.
For optical students
A career in optics
An overview of the different careers available in optics, including post registration specialities that can be achieved with additional training.
For the public/patients
How to raise a concern about an optician
Guidance on raising a concern about an optical professional and the steps we take to investigate that concern.
GOC calls for evidence on need to change the Opticians Act
We have launched a call for evidence on the need for change to the Opticians Act and a consultation on associated GOC policies. Both offer a unique opportunity for stakeholders including patients, the public, registrants, sector bodies and employers to ensure that legislation and regulation are fit for the future.
The GOC has launched a call for evidence on the need for change to the Opticians Act and a consultation on associated GOC policies.
Published at 12:00 on 28/03/2022
We’ve published our 2022-23 Business Plan, setting out an ambitious line-up of work programmes and investment for the year ahead.
Published on 11/05/2022
Each of the four nations in the UK is today moving from the amber to the green phase of The College of Optometrists’ COVID-19 classification system.
Published on 10/05/2022
GOC approves a trailing competencies process for international applicants who are required to complete further competencies ahead of GOC registration.
Published on 05/05/2022
GOC grants full approval to University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) MSci Optometry and MSc Optometry programmes.
Published on 03/05/2022