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Key points

  • You must be honest and trustworthy.
  • You must make the care of the patient your first and continuing concern.
  • You must not discriminate against patients or colleagues.
  • You must act quickly to protect patients from risks posed by colleagues.
  • You must inform the General Optical Council (GOC) of any matter that may impair your fitness to practise.
  • You must declare to the GOC all criminal convictions, cautions and disciplinary proceedings, except minor road traffic offences.
  • You must co-operate with inquiries, fitness to practise hearings and complaints procedures.
  • Your financial and commercial practices must not compromise patient safety. 
  • You must not accept inducements or gifts that may be seen as affecting your patient care.
  • You must be honest in your financial and commercial dealings with patients and all other parties.
  • You must be covered by adequate and appropriate insurance to practise in the United Kingdom throughout the period of your registration.
This Guidance does not change what you must do under the law.