Rejoining the register

If you are returning to work after a break and intend to re-join the GOC register, the GOC restoration CPD and other requirements must be met. To start the process of restoration to the register you should:

  1. Contact the GOC’s Registration department. They will tell you how many CPD points you must gain before restoration, what competencies you must address and how many points are required to be interactive.
  2. Ask the GOC for a ‘U-number’. This will identify you to CPD providers so that you can accrue CPD points before you receive your new GOC D-number.
  3. If you are not already a member, join ABDO. This will allow you to have access to all membership benefits, including Personal Indemnity Insurance (PII) at best rates. PII is a requirement for all GOC registrants. Other membership benefits include but are not restricted to: free or low cost CPD, legal support and a monthly copy of Dispensing Optics. Contact ABDO Membership for a full list of member benefits.

For more information about restoring to the GOC register visit the GOC website

Updating your information

When you are finally back on the register you will be provided with a brand new GOC number. If you are an ABDO member, please don’t forget to update this information via the membership portal. This will ensure you continue to obtain CPD points from any sessions you complete that are provided by ABDO CPD.

Obtaining your shortfall in CPD points to gain re-registration

ABDO CPD provide several ways to help you obtain CPD points:

ABDO Regional CPD events

ABDO offer face-to-face evening events throughout the year around the country. Each event will offer 6 CPD interactive points including an peer review.

Online CPD

Visit the Events page to see what discussion based interactive CPD is available.

Visit CPD Online in your membership profile for the latest Dispensing Optics CPD articles and recorded lectures with mcqs.

Further information

ABDO CPD can support members wishing to re-register with the GOC.

Contact ABDO CPD on 01206 734155 or if you need assistance.