23 March 2018
Source: The GOC
Council approved the GOC’s proposed approach to consult and engage with stakeholders on draft Standards for Optical Businesses.
The new Standards have been developed as part of the GOC’s ongoing standards strategic review which saw the introduction of the Standards of Practice and Standards for Optical Students in April 2016. The new Standards for Optical Businesses will replace the existing Code of Conduct for business registrants and intend to provide clarity on what the GOC expects from optical businesses. They will complement and be consistent with the GOC’s other standards.
The development of the draft Standards has been informed by an extensive research exercise and informal engagement with the GOC’s stakeholders, as well as testing with its advisory committees.
Director of Strategy, Alistair Bridge, said: “It’s important that our individual and business standards sit in harmony with one another, with a consistent approach that strikes the right balance between an individual’s responsibility and those of the business.”
The GOC is now planning to launch a full public consultation on the draft Standards in late April 2018, which will seek to obtain input from a wide range of stakeholders, including patients, employers and those working within optical businesses.
In parallel, the GOC is pushing for legislative change to require that all businesses carrying out restricted functions be required to register, which is not currently the case. In the meantime, the GOC is encouraging all businesses to register as a matter of good practice and to meet the new Standards when they are introduced, regardless of the business’ registration status.