GOC issues consent guidance

Regulator publishes consent guidance in response to findings that registrants wanted further clarification about how to meet this professional standard

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has published guidance on obtaining valid consent to assist registrants in meeting its standards of practice.

The guidance details patients’ rights, including making informed choices when purchasing optical appliances and services. The regulator highlighted that obtaining valid consent should be seen as part of an on-going discussion and decision-making process between a healthcare professional and their patient.

Head of standards and CET at the GOC, Marcus Dye, explained: “Gaining valid consent is a fundamental part of optical practice, but it was clear from the consultation on our Standards of Practice that registrants wanted further guidance on how to meet this requirement in their day-to-day work.”

He added: “Our new guidance helps to clarify our standard relating to obtaining valid consent and supports our registrants in meeting it in their daily practice.”

The new guidance is available on the GOC website.