637. External regulation.

637.     External regulation.

The General Optical Council1 is subject to the oversight of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care2 and must in the exercise of its functions co-operate with the Authority3.

Where it considers that a decision is not sufficient (whether as to a finding or penalty or both) for the protection of the public4, the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care has powers to refer to the High Court a direction5 by the fitness to practise committee of the General Optical Council6, a final decision of that committee not to take any