Online application is now open for optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical businesses to renew their registration with the General Optical Council (GOC) for the 2016–17 retention year.
All full individual and business registrants must submit their applications, along with the £320 retention fee, by 15 March.
GOC head of registration, Michelle Norman, commented: “Retaining registration is a legal requirement for anyone carrying out restricted functions, or using a protected title such as optometrist or dispensing optician. Those who fail to retain will be removed from our registers and will be unable to practise in the UK.
“I encourage registrants to apply for retention as soon as possible. The process is quick and simple via the MyGOC area of our website and, by applying in good time, registrants will have peace of mind that they are registered for the next year.”
A low-income retention fee of £220 is available to practitioners with a total gross income of less than £12,000 per year. However, they must apply for the reduced fee by 1 February by completing the application form on the GOC website ahead of completing their application for retention online.
Any practitioner who does not apply for retention by 15 March will face a £20 late application fee. Those who have still not renewed their registration by 31 March, including the payment of the late fee, may be removed from the registers after 1 April.
Registrants can apply online by logging in to their MyGOC account.