Covid-19 statements published by the General Optical Council will now be aligned to the College of Optometrists’ red-amber-green classification system.

An updated set of standards has been published by the GOC alongside its response to a consultation that it carried out.

The GOC said it aligned its system with the College’s in order to reduce the number of different reference points for registrants and to ensure that its expectations can be more clearly linked to the guidance being offered by the professional associations.

Marcus Dye, acting director of strategy at the GOC, said: ‘The responses helped us to ensure that our statements continue to support registrants in delivering patient care effectively during the pandemic.’