GOC Investigations
Produced in partnership with Jonas Milne & Sandesh Singh of 2 Bedford Row
GOC Investigations

The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Jonas Milne & Sandesh Singh of 2 Bedford Row provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • GOC Investigations
  • Initial consideration and referral of allegations
  • Consideration and decisions by the case examiners
  • Cases considered by the Investigation Committee
  • Review of a decision not to refer

Initial consideration and referral of allegations

An allegation against a registrant must initially be considered by the Registrar of the General Optical Council (GOC). The Registrar must consider whether or not to refer the matter to the Fitness to Practise Committee (FTPC) for consideration as to whether an order for interim suspension or interim conditional registration should be made.

Where the Registrar considers that the allegation falls within one or more of the grounds in section 13D of the Opticians Act 1989 (OA 1989), the Registrar must refer the allegation to the case examiners for consideration under rule 12. The statutory grounds of impairment include:

  1. misconduct

  2. professional performance (except in the case of a student registrant)

  3. a conviction or caution in the British Isles for a criminal offence, or a conviction elsewhere for an offence that, if committed in England and Wales, would constitute a criminal offence

  4. adverse physical or mental health

The Registrar must refer an allegation relating to a conviction that has resulted in the imposition of a custodial sentence, whether immediate or suspended, to the Fitness to Practise Committee. See rule 4(5).

Consideration and decisions by the case examiners

The role of the case examiners is to determine whether an allegation ought to be referred to the FTPC for consideration.

Case examiners work in pairs, one lay and