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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 published a joint statement alongside optical organisations committing to a zero-tolerance approach to bullying, harassment, abuse, and discrimination across all working environments.

Published at 12:00 on 25/10/2023

Latest updates

Rishi Patel, an optometrist based in Littlehampton, has been suspended from the GOC register for three months. 

Published on 29/11/2023

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Donald Lydon, an optometrist based in Harpenden, from its register. 

Published on 27/11/2023

The GOC is pleased to have achieved the Customer Excellence Standard (CSE), an independent quality mark recognising customer focus in organisations

Published on 16/11/2023

The GOC has decided to suspend Joshua Smith, a dispensing optician based in Bradford, from its register for six months. 

Published on 15/11/2023