The College of Optometrists

Key points

  • You must be honest and trustworthy.
  • You must make the care of the patient your first and continuing concern.
  • You must not discriminate against patients or colleagues.
  • You must act quickly to protect patients from risks posed by colleagues.
  • You must inform the General Optical Council (GOC) of any matter that may impair your fitness to practise.
  • You must declare to the GOC all criminal convictions, cautions and disciplinary proceedings, except minor road traffic offences.
  • You must co-operate with inquiries, fitness to practise hearings and complaints procedures.
  • Your financial and commercial practices must not compromise patient safety. 
  • You must not accept inducements or gifts that may be seen as affecting your patient care.
  • You must be honest in your financial and commercial dealings with patients and all other parties.
  • You must be covered by adequate and appropriate insurance to practise in the United Kingdom throughout the period of your registration.

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