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.
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 at 12:00 on 31/05/2023
Updates from the Council meeting on 27 September 2023.
Published on 28/09/2023
The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed ten new members to its Hearings Panel.
Published on 01/09/2023
The GOC has launched a consultation on a statement around verifying a copy of a contact lens specification during the sale of prescription contact lenses. It also provides a definition of aftercare.
Published on 29/08/2023
GOC suspends Hounslow based optometrist from register
Published on 24/08/2023