Changes to the audit data collection period

The data collection for the fifth prospective year of the cataract audit which commenced on 01 September 2019 will end on 31 March 2021. The audit period has been extended until 31 March 2021 to allow the audit data collection year to align with the NHS years i.e. 01 April - 31 March.

Please note that the audit participation fee for year 2020 will cover the extended data collection period. If you have any questions about the audit participation fees, please contact


NOD Audit will continue to manage services during COVID-19

During these unprecedented times, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists will continue to deliver and manage its services to members where feasible. This includes the NOD Audit, which will continue to be managed by the NOD team and in liaison with trusts and surgeons. 

The collection of data, analysis and reporting of outcomes for individual surgeons and eye units will be compromised due to the ophthalmic workforce being deployed in other areas within their trusts as well as the withdrawal of routine surgery during this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and advise on the status of the NOD audit as appropriate. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the continuation of ophthalmic services in the UK will be subject to national guidance from NHS England, Public Health England and their equivalents in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  RCOphth guidance advises eye clinics to review and implement management plans to identify high risk patients. This guidance has been developed to safeguard and protect patients and the workforce and the RCOphth is advising that all routine ophthalmic surgery should be postponed.

Please look out for updates on the RCOphth and NOD websites.