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.
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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.
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A career in optics
An overview of the different careers available in optics, including post registration specialities that can be achieved with additional training.
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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 General Optical Council looks to appoint two new Council Associates, one of whom must be a dispensing optician. They will join the current 2023 Council Associates, Deepali Modha and Jamie Douglas.
Published at 14:52 on 05/02/2024
The GOC has stated it does not intend to pursue sellers who do not comply with contact lens specification verification requirements in relation to copies, so long as specific conditions are met.
Published on 28/02/2024
Following an annual review of our information governance policies, we have made some important updates to our Disclosure Policy and Data Retention Schedule Policy.
Published on 27/02/2024
The General Optical Council has decided to suspend Herkiran Riyait, an optometrist based in Leicester, from its register for 12 months.
Published on 21/02/2024
The GOC has launched a consultation on revised Standards of Practice for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians, Standards for Optical Students and Standards for Optical Businesses.
Published on 14/02/2024