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General Optical Council (GOC)

The General Optical Council are an organisation which regulates optical professionals in the United Kingdom. They set standards, hold a register, quality assure education and investigate complaints.

They regulate:

  • Optometrists
  • Dispensing opticians
  • Student opticians
  • Optical businesses.

How we oversee the General Optical Council

We review the performance of the General Optical Council each year. We give our report to Parliament and publish our report on our website. We also review every decision made by the regulator's final fitness to practise panels. We include recent cases on this page. See more cases.

Find out more about how the GOC is meeting our Standards in its latest performance review or see a summary in our snapshot.

How is the GOC meeting the standards in their latest review?

GOC 2018-19 screenshot

Dealing with concerns/complaints about opticians/optometrists

If you have a concern about whether one of the GOC's registrants is fit to practise, you can find out more from the GOC's website about what type of issues they can deal with and how they will take your concern or complaint forward. We cannot deal with individual complaints about practitioners, but you can give us your feedback about your experience if you do contact the GOC. Find out more about how to give us your feedback. If you are not sure who to contact, find out more in our guides about how to make a complaint about health or care in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.


Latest Performance Reviews

Performance Review - GOC 2018/19

The GOC have met 22 out of 24 of our Standards of Good Regulation in our latest performance review

Read a summary

See our two-page snapshot which gives an at a glance summary of what we found in our performance review.

Recent cases

This page is being updated. Please contact us if you would like information about a particular case.