In Qatar, sick leave certificates issued by Hamad Medical Corp (HMC) and the Primary Health Care Corp (PHCC) have been changed and will no longer require the signature of the physician or e stamp of the health facility which issued them. Instead the certificates will be issued electronically with an e-signature and barcode. The system will be implemented initially at government health facilities only. Private health facilities, will continue to issue sick leave certificates which are signed and stamped in the usual way. These certificates could be issued to HMC and PHCC employees, students and employees of all organisations and entities.