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Fit notes no longer need to be signed in ink by the issuing doctor

22nd April 2022

From 6th April 2022 The Social Security (Medical Evidence) and Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) (Amendment) Regulations reversed the requirement for fit notes to be completed in ink or another indelible substance, and the need for the fit note to be signed in ink by the issuing doctor. The Regulations also provide a new version of the fit note that contains the name of the doctor authorising the form, rather than needing it to be physically signed. While this change is being rolled out the previous version of the fit note that requires physically signing will still be legally valid. 

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