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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

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New 2022-23 Business Plan published

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