Welcome to the GOC Consultation Hub

We are the regulator for the optical professions in the UK and we protect the public by setting standards for education, training, performance and conduct. 

We run consultations because it is important to us that the people who are involved with and affected by our work have a say in how we operate. 

Consultations are available in Welsh on request - please contact our communications team at communications@optical.org

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Closed consultations

  • Statement on verification of contact lens specifications and definition of aftercare

    Section 27 of the Opticians Act 1989 (‘the Act’) sets out the requirements for the sale and supply of prescription contact lenses. In order to be supplied with prescription contact lenses, a person must have an in-date contact lens specification which has been issued following a contact lens...

    Closed 24 October 2023

  • Consultation on managing applications for GOC registration from optical professionals who have qualified outside the UK or Switzerland

    Overview This consultation seeks your views on our proposed revised approach to managing applications for GOC registration from optical professionals who have qualified outside the UK or Switzerland, following the introduction of the GOC’s updated education and training requirements. ...

    Closed 4 October 2023

  • Updating gender on register

    We are committed to supporting registrants who wish to update their gender on our register and ensuring compliance with the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) and the Equality Act 2010. We have drafted a policy setting out the process for applying to the GOC to...

    Closed 20 March 2023

  • Call for evidence on the Opticians Act and consultation on associated GOC policies

    Please refer to the document at the bottom of this page in the 'related' section for the full call for evidence and consultation document and questions. To respond to the survey, scroll down the page and click on 'online survey'. You do not have to answer all the questions. What we’re...

    Closed 18 July 2022

  • FtP Focus bulletin

    In December 2020, we introduced FtP FOCUS , a learning bulletin for registrants on the fitness to practise process. We published a total of five bulletins, the most recent in December 2021. You may have answered some questions about the bulletin in our 2021 registrant survey. We would like to ask...

    Closed 17 July 2022