Vision Express has been summoned to appear before a GOC fitness to practise substantive hearing next month.
Allegations relate to eight practitioners. A student optometrist is alleged to have performed unsupervised sight tests, three DOs are accused of working while unregistered, three student DOs are said to have worked as DOs under student registration and one DO is alleged to have practised with lapsed registration.
'Fitness to carry on business is impaired by reason of practices or patterns of behaviour occurring within the business which you knew or ought reasonably to have known of amount to misconduct,' alleged the committee.
The last body corporate to appear before a fitness to practise committee was Boots Opticians in 2009. The multiple was fined £30,000 after the committee heard it did not take reasonable and proportionate steps to prevent a student dispensing optician dispensing to a patient under 16 years old.