Temporary amendments to student supervision arrangements have been agreed by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and the General Optical Council (GOC).

The changes have been made in order to assist students and supervisors regarding supervision due to extended periods of training and potential overlap with new trainees requiring supervision.

New measures include: pre-approved supervisors would oversee the training of a maximum of three students from September 2020 to July 2021; a pre-agreed extension would only be permitted where candidates were already registered to sit assessment in April or summer 2020; and one of the supervised candidates must have completed 80% of their pre-qualification period and be ready to sit their final assessment as soon as it is safe to do so.