Supporting effective legislation and regulation

Supporting effective legislation and regulation

We initiate, influence and respond to policy developments and proposed changes in legislation and regulations that affect optical businesses and practitioners. We also submit evidence on eye care services and eye health to government bodies and parliamentarians.

We cover a broad range of issues on behalf of members, including:

Professional regulation

We work closely with the General Optical Council (GOC) to ensure effective and proportionate regulation of the optical sector, in the best interests of patients, professionals and business.  We have helped drive forward the GOC’s Strategic Education Review, which will be essential to enable our professionals to meet the needs of the future. We have supported the GOC to develop revised standards for registrants and businesses. We respond to consultations on the operation of GOC processes, including the operation of Fitness to Practice hearings.

NHS eye care and regulation

As providers of NHS funded sight tests, and an increasing range of primary eye care services in the community, optical practices are an important part of the NHS landscape. We work closely with the NHS in all four nations of the United Kingdom on a day to day basis, as part of NHS working groups and through regular meetings. We want to ensure that services are commissioned and managed to provide patients with the services they need, safely and conveniently, and that the requirements placed on professionals and businesses delivering those services are proportionate.

Clinical guidance and advice

Optical professionals use, prescribe and supply medical devices and medicines. We work with the Medical and Health Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) to ensure that optical professions have access to the medicines and medical devices that they need.

We respond to consultations from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), to ensure that clinical guidance takes account of the eye care needs of patients and enables optical professions to play their full part in diagnosing, treating and supporting patients.

Business and employment

FODO members are businesses, as well as health care providers. We represent the interests of FODO members to government, responding to consultations that affect businesses, for example on VAT, employment law and apprenticeships.

Information about live consultations and how to contribute to our responses is provided via our regular member newsletters and updates.

Copies of all of our consultation responses, policy papers and publications can be found here…