Digitalisation of the certificate of incapacity for work



An employee who is unable to work due to illness or accident must inform his employer from the first day of his absence and provide a medical certificate by the third day of absence at the latest. He must send the first part of the medical certificate to the CNS and the second part to his employer. This administrative procedure, which is currently done by post with all the disadvantages of being delivered on time, could be made easier.

Following the example of the electronic certificate of incapacity for work (eAU) in place in Germany since 1 October 2021, and under discussion in other EU member states, such a solution should also be introduced in Luxembourg. In a rapidly changing digital world, the introduction of an electronic certificate of incapacity for work (eCIT) would be beneficial for insured persons, employers and the CNS. Less paperwork and red tape, saving time and money, and standardised data useful for the implementation of a prevention policy.

The situation in Luxembourg is certainly specific, with cross-border workers from three neighbouring countries, hence the need and the political will to have a digital solution accessible to all doctors, regardless of where they practice. For UEL, the plan to send a digital certificate of incapacity for work, delayed by the pandemic, should be prioritised in a world that promotes new forms of work.