GOC looks for the right CL specification

The GOC has opened a consultation aiming to update its position on verification of contact lens specifications. Lucy Patchett reports

A consultation was launched by the General Optical Council (GOC) on proposed changes to the policy on verification of contact lens specifications during sale and a definition of aftercare. 

The GOC proposed that ‘it will not enforce the requirement to verify a copy of a contact lens specification where a sale of prescription contact lenses is made under the general direction of a GOC registrant (or registered medical practitioner).’ 

The statement has been drafted following the GOC’s call for evidence of the Opticians Act 1989, which took place in 2022. 

GOC director of regulatory strategy Steve Brooker said: ‘We consulted on the need to verify a copy of a contact lens specification and define aftercare as part of our call for evidence. 

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