The General Optical Council (GoC) has renewed calls for people to respond to its consultation on the review of the Opticians Act. The call includes additional supporting materials to help explain the reasons for the consultation.

On its website, the GoC wrote:

With just under a month to go until the closing date for our call for evidence on the Opticians Act and consultation on our associated policies, we have released some additional supporting materials to help explain why we’re undertaking it, and outline the current legal requirements and regulations in place.

They include FAQs and two presentations from Marie Bunby, our Head of Strategy, Policy and Co-Production, introducing our call for evidence and looking at the Department of Health and Social Care’s regulatory reforms more broadly.

We hope the supporting materials will help inform stakeholders – including patients, the public, registrants, sector bodies and employers – who are yet to respond.

Launched in March, the call for evidence and consultation offer a unique opportunity for stakeholders to ensure that legislation and regulation are fit for the future.

It seeks views, information and factual evidence on the following:

  • sight testing;
  • contact lenses fitting;
  • supply of optical devices;
  • business regulation; and
  • other aspects of legislation.