Vetting and Barring

Vetting & Barring June 2010

You will have heard in the media about the government s review of the vetting & barring scheme. This is to be a review from first principles and is to report in three months.

The likely outcome is that, in the optical sector, only GOC registered health professionals ie optometrists, contact and dispensing opticians, will be required to be registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority, and not optical assistants, secretarial, reception and other retail staff.

The access to personal data test is also likely to be abolished as unnecessary which will remove the difficulty about optical assistants, receptionists, etc having access to optical records.

Immediate implications

The immediate implications are that the national timetable for introducing vetting & barring will now be put back by at least three months ie

  • registration with the new scheme will not now start on 26 July 2010.

  • the requirement for employers to check all new hires are ISA-registered will not now start on 10 November 2010.

  • it is also unlikely that it will now be necessary for optical practices to have to split their records into optical and health care sections.