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Ethical scenarios

Would you know what to do in these situations?

Our ethical scenarios show how our guidance can be applied in practice and help you think about some of the wider issues involved in the practice of optometry.

We welcome your feedback on the scenarios and on any areas of guidance you would like to see translated into practical situations. Please accept the disclaimer below to continue to the scenarios.

Disclaimer for ethical scenarios

The case studies and all of the material presented in the ethical scenarios (‘the material) are entirely fictional - we have created them for illustration purposes only.  Their aim is to put our Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct in context, exploring how some of the principles might work in practice.  The material does not represent our guidance or policy in itself, and we do not intend it to replace professional or legal advice.

The material is not intended to be clinically accurate nor to be any legal authority as to the correct interpretation of Guidelines produced by the College or the GOC Code of Conduct.  You should therefore not rely on the material to make any clinical, business or legal decision.

We make no representation or warranties, either express or implied, about the completeness or accuracy of the material.  To the fullest extent permitted by English law we shall not be liable for any:

  • misleading, inaccurate, inappropriate or incomplete information in the material and/or
  • any loss (whether financial or otherwise) arising either directly or indirectly from any reliance place on the material, howsoever and wherever arising.

This disclaimer shall be interpreted in accordance with English law.


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