GOC erases Harrow based student optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Deepa Acharya, a student optometrist based in Harrow, from its register. She will now be unable to undertake training as a student optometrist in the UK.

A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found her fitness to train impaired by reason of misconduct related to lying about her A level and first year university results on a university application.

Ms Acharya has until 7 January 2020 to appeal her erasure.



  1. See the full determination on our Past Hearings page
  2. A full transcript of the hearing is available on request and payment of an administration charge.
  3. A briefing on how the FTP process works is available at: https://www.optical.org/en/news_publications/press_kit/media-statements-and-briefings/index.cfm
  4. The registrant’s date of most recent registration with the GOC as a student optometrist was 14 July 2017. Her GOC registration number is SO-11704. Her last registered contact address was in Harrow, England.