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 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
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