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.
For optical professionals
Continuing Professional Development
It is essential that eye care practitioners keep their skills up to date and develop new ones in order to keep patients safe. Requiring registrants to complete CPD is one way we protect the public.
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.
For the first time in just under a decade, the GOC has met all 18 of the PSA’s Standards of Good Regulation for 2021/22.
Published at 12:00 on 20/03/2023
New research shows high levels of public satisfaction and trust in optical professions
The GOC has published its 2023 public perceptions research, which seeks to understand the public’s views and practical experiences of using eyecare services.
Published on 31/05/2023
GOC looks to appoint ten new members to its Hearings Panel
We are seeking to appoint ten experienced dispensing or contact lens opticians to join our Hearings Panel.
Published on 24/05/2023
SPOKE releases third project looking at admissions and recruitment, for optometry and dispensing optics qualifications
Sector Partnership for Optical Knowledge and Education, funded by the GOC and led by The College of Optometrists, has published the outputs of its third project on admissions and recruitment.
Published on 17/05/2023
GOC appoints two new Council Associates
The GOC has appointed two new Council Associates, Deepali Modha and Jamie Douglas, on a two-year term.
Published on 25/04/2023