Here you will find the latest updates and links to Government and GOC guidance related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 - Public
UK Government guidance
Below are links to UK-wide guidance on COVID-19 and guidance from devolved governments and others in each of the nations of the UK.
Guidance for healthcare professionals, the public and employers businesses on the UK’s approach to COVID-19
Latest information on COVID-19 from Public Health Wales
In these extraordinary times, we are fortunate that in all four countries of the United Kingdom we have a group of well qualified eye care professionals that can be relied on by the general public and fellow healthcare professionals. This means that our registrants may have to vary their practice for extended periods of time and in challenging circumstances. While registrants are encouraged to work up to the limits of their competence, refresher training and/or supervision may be needed.
Our Standards for Optical Businesses include the following standards to ensure that patient safety is always prioritised:
• Standard 1.1 Patients can expect to be safe in your care:
• Standard 1.2 Patient care is delivered in a suitable environment:
• Standard 3.1 Your staff are able to exercise their professional judgement:
Corresponding standards are also present in the Standards for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians and the Standards for Optical Students.
We realise that some of our own legislation and regulations may prevent care being delivered effectively during the emergency situation. To address this we’ve published statements to remove any unnecessary regulatory barriers and to reassure our registrants and the sector that we will support them when they act in good conscience and exercise professional judgement for the public benefit.
We will continue to review and publish statements on our legislation and regulatory activities where appropriate. Please note that the previous statements on education provision and education quality assurance have been combined into one statement on education.
Statement on Continuing Education and Training (CET) providers for CET provision during the COVID-19 emergency
Revised statement on the re-opening of optical practices during the COVID-19 emergency (24 June)
Statement on the re-opening of optical practices during the COVID-19 emergency (12 June)
Statement on redeployment of optometrists or dispensing opticians within pharmacy practice during COVID-19 pandemic
If you are a registrant, please contact your professional association for further advice: