Openness in legal or disciplinary hearings
- You must inform the General Optical Council (GOC), all relevant authorities and your employers if there are any matters relating to your character, behaviour, judgement or health that may impair your fitness to practise.292
- You must declare to the GOC and all relevant authorities all criminal convictions, cautions and disciplinary proceedings, including minor misdemeanours, but not road traffic offences which are dealt with by a fixed penalty notice.
- You must co-operate with formal and informal investigations, fitness to practise hearings and complaints about you or colleagues, while following guidance on confidentiality.293
292 General Optical Council (2013) Declarations guidance for fully qualified registrants [Accessed 20 Nov 2020]
293 General Optical Council. Investigating complaints [Accessed 20 Nov 2020]
294 College of Optometrists Expert witnesses [Accessed 20 Nov 2020]