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The General Optical Council has published the findings of its Registrant Survey 2022, which provides unique insights into the changing nature of the optical workforce.

Published at 12:00 on 01/08/2022

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The GOC has decided to suspend Mohammed Nawaz, an optometrist based in the West Midlands, from its register for four months.

Published on 08/08/2022

We have produced a short animation which outlines our new education and training requirements and why we introduced them.  

Published on 04/08/2022

The General Optical Council has published the findings of its Registrant Survey 2022, which provides unique insights into the changing nature of the optical workforce.

Published on 01/08/2022

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GOC erases Leicester based optometrist

Following a remitted hearing from the High Court in November 2021, the GOC has erased Honey Rose, an optometrist based in Leicester, from its register.  

Published on 27/07/2022