If your doctor, midwife, or health visitor cannot apply online on your behalf for a maternity exemption certificate, they must submit an FW8 application form.

The FW8 must be signed by both the applicant and the doctor, midwife, or health visitor completing the form.

When sending the FW8, it must be an original document and not a photocopy or email attachment.

FW8 application forms must be sent to:


NHS Business Services Authority
Maternity Exemption Certificates
Bridge House
152 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne


The regional department within the Practitioner Services Division of NHS National Services Scotland


Your Local Health Board (LHB)

Northern Ireland

The HC11A application form is sent to the Business Services Organisation (HSC)

Ordering FW8 application forms

Primary care practitioners can order FW8 application forms and RE26 return envelopes on the Primary Care Support England (PCSE) portal.

Integrated Care Board (ICB), Sub ICB Location (SICBL) and Local Authorities can order FW8 application forms and the RE26 return envelopes from Xerox (UK) Ltd. Your organisation must be registered to use this service.

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