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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

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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