Britain's Federation of Ophthalmic & Dispensing Opticians (FODO) has proposed to work more closely with other optical bodies, submerging some of its own identity for the common good. Paul Carroll, chairman of the association, proposed at its annual general meeting last month the establishment of a new Confederation of British Optics, on the model of the Eye Health Alliance, to obtain more negotiating power with government authorities. While praising the government for its willingness to modernize and streamline the General Optical Council, Carroll voiced concern about the planned institution of rigid committees , new bureaucracies and new safeguards. FODO represents more than three-quarters of the optical retail market and of eye examinations in the UK. It is a founding member of the Eye Health Alliance and a supporter of the Vision 2020 development program for the optical sector.