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PPCs go plastic free

Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) and maternity exemption certificates are now being issued as digital certificates or doubled sided A4 paper certificates as part of an on-going initiative to phase out plastic cards.

People applying online will now receive an instant digital certificate via email.

Replacing the plastic cards is already generating savings for the NHS and reducing the impact on the environment.

Whilst the phase out of plastic cards is on-going, plastic, paper and digital forms of exemption will continue to be accepted as long as they are within their expiry date.

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Kate Blush

Senior Media and Campaigns Officer

NHS Business Services Authority

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About the NHS Business Services Authority

The NHS Business Services Authority is a Special Health Authority and an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Health and Social Care which provides a range of critical central services to NHS organisations, NHS contractors, patients and the public. Its purpose is to be a catalyst for better health and its vision is to be the delivery partner of choice for the NHS. For more information about the NHSBSA, please visit