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GOC updates CET exceptions policy

The new policy sets out expectations around maternity, paternity and adoption leave

The General Optical Council (GOC) has published an updated Continuing Education and Training (CET) Exceptions policy.

The GOC has highlighted that the refreshed policy focuses more clearly on public protection. It sets out the optical regulator’s expectations around maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

Lists of exceptional circumstances are no longer set out within the policy, with the GOC instead describing previous decisions on a range of different types of exceptional circumstances.

A public consultation between April and July 2021 found that the majority of respondents agreed that the updated document found the right balance between fairness to registrants and public protection.

The GOC’s director of education, Leonie Milliner, shared that the optical regulator is encouraging registrants to “do everything that they can” to meet CET requirements by the end of the cycle on 31 December 2021.

“If any registrant is unable to meet their CET requirements by the end of the cycle due to exceptional circumstances, it is open to them to make an application under this policy to demonstrate to the Registrar that remaining on the register would not risk public protection or undermine the public interest,” she said.