A total 160 registrants have been removed from the General Optical Council (GOC) registers for failing to meet the requirements of the continuing education and training (CET) scheme for 2013–15.
The number equates to less than 1% of practitioners registered with the GOC, the regulator confirmed today (15 April).
In addition, the GOC revealed that it had removed a further 135 individual registrants from its registers for failure to apply for retention by the 31 March deadline.
Speaking about the figures, GOC chief executive and registrar, Samantha Peters, said: “It is pleasing to see such high compliance with our CET requirements. CET is essential for registrants to maintain and develop their knowledge and skills, and ensures that the public are protected and can be confident in the ability of their eye care practitioner.”
The 2013–15 CET cycle was the first since the regulator introduced the enhanced scheme, which aims to encourage more interactive learning. The GOC said “the professions have embraced the changes tremendously.”
Practitioners or business registrants who have now been removed, but wish to continue practising in the UK, must now complete a restoration process.
For more information, visit the GOC website.