You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or at our reception or on the HMRC website.
For any illness lasting longer than seven days you will need to see the doctor for him/her to issue a sickness certificate (F.med3) and for any subsequent renewal of the certificate. If your employer insists on a sickness certificate for 7 days or less a charge will be levied.
Certificate of absence from work
Period off work
No certificate or a private certificate signed by doctor for which a fee will be charged
4-7 days (including weekends)
Self-certificate completed by patient or a private certificate signed by doctor for which a fee will be charged
8 days – 28 weeks
Med3 or Med5 certificate signed by doctor certifying inability to work; no fee
28 weeks or more
Med3 or Med5 as above until benefits Agency assess ability to work