GOC welcomes Advertising Standard Agency’s ruling on iSpyEyes

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30 May 2019
Source: General Optical Council

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today welcomed the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) ruling that iSpyEyes should remove adverts incorrectly implying that they could legally supply zero-powered (cosmetic) contacts lenses to the UK without the involvement of a registered optician. The GOC helped the ASA in investigating the case and the ASA ruling states that they, “Told iSpyEyes and Marnie

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General Optical Council’s Education Strategic Review consultation

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15 May 2019
Source: General Optical Council

Council discussed the findings from the Education Strategic Review (ESR) consultation on draft Education Standards for providers and Learning Outcomes for students and provided clear steers on key elements of the review. The purpose of the ESR is to review and make recommendations on how the system of optical education and training should evolve so that registrants are equipped to

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GOC suspends Orpington based dispensing optician

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7 May 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Olukolajo Kayode, a dispensing optician based in Orpington, from its register for six months. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct relating to his caution for common assault and failure to declare this to

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GOC encourages eligible optical businesses to register

25 April 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC) is encouraging eligible optical businesses to get GOC registered. Limited companies operating as optical businesses which use protected titles such as optometrist or optician, must register with the GOC by law. However, the GOC urge all eligible optical businesses for which business registration is not mandatory to register their business to take advantage of the

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GOC registrants demonstrate their continued fitness to practise

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16 April 2019
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New figures released by the General Optical Council (GOC) today show that the vast majority of optical practitioners have maintained their commitment to their profession by meeting their Continuing Education Training (CET) requirements. The GOC removed 392 individual practitioners from its register for failing to meet their CET requirements – less than 2% of registrants. Marcus Dye, GOC Head of

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GOC publishes new ‘Standards for Optical Businesses’

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10 April 2019
Source: General Optical Council

Today the General Optical Council (GOC) has published its new ‘Standards for Optical Businesses’, which will come into effect on 1 October 2019. Marcus Dye, Head of Standards and CET, said, “The new Standards will replace the current Code of Conduct for Businesses and set out our expectations of business registrants more clearly. They have been updated to maintain consistency

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GOC consults on draft guidance: disclosing confidential information

21 March 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has today launched a consultation on new draft guidance on disclosing confidential information about patients. The guidance will help GOC registrants to decide when they might need to override patient confidentiality in the public interest, for example by telling the DVLA (and potentially others) if a patient

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GOC Business Standards for Optical Businesses

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18 February 2019
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Council approved publication of the new Standards for Optical Businesses, following the amendment to the standards to address feedback received from stakeholders during the consultation. The new Standards for Optical Businesses make clearer GOC expectations of business registrants and are necessary to reflect changes in  optical practice, recommendations from recent health enquiries, emerging technologies and the increased prevalence of multidisciplinary

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GOC suspends Hounslow based dispensing optician

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18 February 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Jatinder Bhamra, a dispensing optician based in Heston, Hounslow from its register for a period of nine months. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found her fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct relating to the Registrant adding points to her personal

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GOC encourages ESR responses with three weeks to go

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8 February 2019
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The General Optical Council (GOC) is today encouraging its stakeholders to influence the future education and training of the professions by responding to its Education Strategic Review (ESR) consultation by the 25 February 2019 deadline. GOC Interim Director of Education Dr Subo Shanmuganathan said, “We’re determined to make sure that optical education is fit for the future and supports and

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