About us

The Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians represents eye care providers and registered opticians in business in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Our aim is to achieve eye health for all, delivered through world-class services, provided by regulated community-based professionals operating in a competitive environment. In the UK we are founder members of the Optical Confederation and supporters of Vision 2020 UK and the UK Vision Strategy.

Our members account for over three quarters of market activity and two thirds of eye examinations in the UK and 55 per cent in the Republic of Ireland.

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Optical Confederation Updates Safeguarding Guidance

Optical Confederation Updates Safeguarding Guidance

5th August

 The update incorporates information from the recently published Intercollegiate Guidance for Safeguarding Children (2014) and further updates on the government’s Prevent Strategy

Richard Edwards Appointed as Consultant by the OCCS

Richard Edwards Appointed as Consultant by the OCCS

24th July

The Optical Consumer Complaints Service is pleased to announce that Richard Edwards will be joining the team as a Consultant

Update to the Domiciliary Code of Practice

Update to the Domiciliary Code of Practice

18th July

The domiciliary eye care Code of Practice has been updated by the Optical Confederation’s Domiciliary Eyecare Committee, endorsed by the College of Optometrists and LOCSU

GOS Fees and CET Grants Increase Announced

GOS Fees and CET Grants Increase Announced

10th July

Government imposes 1 per cent fee increase for GOS. The ONFC welcomes increased offer of 2.5 per cent on grants

Lone Working Guidance - Keeping Providers and Patients Safe

Lone Working Guidance - Keeping Providers and Patients Safe

8th July

The Optical Confederation and College of Optometrists have revised their Lone Working Guidance for domiciliary providers.