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We have published our annual whistleblowing report for 2022, alongside seven other healthcare regulators. 

Published at 12:00 on 28/09/2022

Latest updates

The General Optical Council has decided to erase Tina Stevens, a student dispensing optician based in Croydon, from its register.

Published on 05/10/2022

We have published our annual whistleblowing report for 2022, alongside seven other healthcare regulators. 

Published on 28/09/2022

News and press releases

News from Council – 21 September 2022

Latest updates from the Council meeting held on 21 September 2022.

Published on 22/09/2022

A statement from the Chair of the General Optical Council, Dr Anne Wright CBE and the GOC’s Chief Executive and Registrar, Leonie Milliner on the death of Her Majesty The Queen

Published on 08/09/2022