Clinical governance

Bringing you the latest clinical advice to help you deliver the best care for your patients


A closer look at managing patients with eye conditions

Contact lenses

Advice and guidance about the sale and supply of contact lenses

Contact lenses - substitution

Your clinical responsibility when making substitution decisions

Guide to GOC's Standards of Practice

Our member guide to GOC’s Standards of Practice

Informed consent

Member guidance on informed consent

Obtaining consent from patients with dementia

Useful member guidance for when you encounter patients with dementia

Internal referral template

Safely refer patients to another practitioner within the practice


Find guidance and resources on working with the NHS

Prescription requirements

Your requirements in relation to prescriptions for spectacles and contact lenses

Referring a patient

Make sure you’re referring patients safely

Safe practice: Domiciliary eye care

How optometrists and employers can manage the risks of domiciliary work

Safe practice: eye testing

Minimising the potential risks for patients in practice

Safe practice: record keeping

Guidance to protect patients and practitioners


A guide on practitioner responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk

Supervising pre-regs and trainees

Follow our guide to supervising pre-regs, trainees and unregistered staff

Testing colour vision

Top tips and resources for testing patients with colour deficiencies

Testing visual display unit users

Testing patients who use visual display units, such as laptops, touch screens and other devices

Waste disposal in optometric practice

Guidance on the safe disposal of different kinds of optometric waste