The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a consultation on introducing formal fitness to practise acceptance criteria.
The draft criteria would define the circumstances where the GOC will accept a complaint as an allegation of a registrant’s impaired fitness to practise. Those that do not meet the criteria would be closed without referral to GOC Case Examiners.
Lisa Davis, GOC director of fitness to practise, explained: “These acceptance criteria would give us a transparent process for closing non-fitness to practise complaints quickly. This might include minor clinical or consumer concerns which could not call into question a practitioner’s fitness to practise. A formal process for closing complaints that do not raise concerns regarding a registrant’s fitness to practise, will allow us to improve transparency and consistency, and therefore the effectiveness of our processes.”