About the Standards

Our role in standards

As the regulator for the optical professions in the UK, we have statutory responsibility for setting standards for optometrists, dispensing opticians, optical students and optical businesses. This is set out in our Standards Framework, which makes clear that our standards should always be the first point of reference for our registrants: GOC standards framework

We set standards in three areas (please click the pictures for further details):

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The cover of the Standards for Optical Studentsbooklet









If you are a patient, you can read further information here on what to expect when you go for a consultation with your optician.

For details of our Standards Strategic Review, please visit this page.