Non-EU and Non-EEA

Optometrists from outside the EU or EEA must register with the GOC and successfully complete a placement and examination, currently managed by the College, before they can practise in the UK.

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Optometrists from outside the EU and EEA must successfully complete a three stage process in order to practise in the UK.


Future examinations

 After June 2017, the Non-EEA examination will no longer be run in the current format by the College of Optometrists. The remaining examination dates are: 19-23 June 2017.


Step 1

Step 1 - Registering your interest to practise in the UK

All registration processes for the Non-EEA assessment are administered by the General Optical Council (GOC). The College of Optometrists are not able to advise you on any aspect of the registration process.

If you are an optometrist who has trained outside of the United Kingdom and wants to practise in the UK, you must contact the GOC. The GOC must firstly assess your eligibility to enter the assessment process to practise in the UK. You can only enter the assessment process once the GOC has approved your eligibility. You are not permitted to register with the regulator or practise in the UK until you have fulfilled the assessment requirements set out by the GOC. For more information about the registration process, contact

Once your eligibility has been approved, you may enter the Non-EEA assessment process via the GOC. All applications from non-UK trained candidates must be received via the GOC. The College of Optometrists cannot accept applications sent directly from the candidate.

Step 2

Step 2 - Completing the logbook

Before sitting the Non-EEA examination, candidates must complete a logbook to demonstrate they have the breadth of experience required to practise in the UK.

Applying for the logbook

All application forms and logbooks must be submitted to the GOC. Copies of the application form for submitting the logbook are also available from the GOC. The College does not accept applications received directly from candidates.

Structure - what to include

The logbook is a portfolio of evidence made up of your own patient records to demonstrate you have the correct unsupervised experience to enter the Non-EEA examination. Information, templates and example materials to help you compile your logbook are detailed below.

Essential documents




Please see our Fees section. The College of Optometrists will contact you within a week of receiving your application form to organise payment. 


Results of your logbook assessment will be communicated by the GOC. If you pass the logbook assessment, you are then eligible to apply to sit the Non-EEA examination.

Appeals and complaints

If you believe there was a procedural or administrative irregularity and would like to appeal your result, or you would like to complain, consult our Appeals and complaints section for more information.

Step 3

Step 3 - The Non-EEA examination

Once you have passed the logbook assessment, you are then eligible to sit the Non-EEA examination. 

Applying for the examination

All applications for the Non-EEA examination must be submitted to the GOC. An application form for the examination is available from the GOC. The College does not accept applications received directly from candidates.

Structure of the examination

The examination is comprised of seven discrete sections. Each section contains a mixture of practical, written and viva examinations. Where relevant, example candidate documents for each section are included below:

a. Anomalies of Binocular Vision: Normal and abnormal binocular vision, its development, assessment and management.

b. Use of Drugs in Optometric Practice: Properties, actions, selection and use of drugs in optometric practice. Adverse reactions to topical and systemic medication.


c. Dispensing: Materials, manufacture, selection and verification of optical appliances.

d. Routine Examination: The routine optometric examination of a patient.

e. UK Law and Practice: An examination based on case scenarios given to you, which will include discussion of the practitioner‟s responsibility under current legislation.


f. Ocular Disease and Abnormality: The recognition and differentiation of abnormal conditions of the eyes, adnexa and visual system and ocular signs of systemic disorders. The recognition of cases to be referred for medical opinion and the relative urgency of referral. The normal appearance of the structure of the eye and adnexa with physiological variations, and the ageing eye.

g. Contact Lenses: The prescribing and fitting of contact lenses and the management of contact lens patients.

Further information about the examination is detailed below:



You may resit failed modules twice within 18 months of sitting the initial examination. Failure to pass all seven modules within three attempts will result in having to sit all seven modules again. Each three attempts constitutes a cycle. You may sit a maximum of three cycles.


Consult our Fees section.

Examination dates

20 - 23 June 2017


Results for the examination will be published by the GOC.

Appeals and complaints

If you would feel there was a procedural or administrative irregularity during the examination and you would like to appeal your result, or you would like to submit a complaint, consult the Appeals and complaints section of the webiste.


All queries about the exam application process and examination entries should addressed to the GOC.