The College of Optometrists

Openness in legal or disciplinary hearings

D18
You must follow the law.
D19
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
D20
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.
D21
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
D22
The College has produced guidance for optometrists who undertake work as expert witnesses.294

See sections on Confidentiality, Dealing with complaints, Working with colleagues and Raising concerns.

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