Medical Exemption Certificates for prescriptions are available for those people who take insulin or medication to control their diabetes.  This certificate lasts for a 5 year period. 

Exemption certificates are available for children under 16 and young people aged 16, 17 and 18 in full-time education.  People aged 60 or over living in England - free NHS prescriptions and free NHS funded sight tests.

You need to fill in an FP92A application form, available at your GP surgery, and ensure an authorised member of the surgery confirms your information is correct.

People who control their diabetes by diet only and not needing medication to control their diabetes, will not be granted a Medical Exemption Certificate unless they meet other criteria.

You should always be told by either your GP or your pharmacy if you are eligible for free medication, but it is up to you to find out if you are entitled to a Medical Exemption Certificate.  

If you require free medication and you don’t have a Medical Exemption Certificate – go to your GP and ask for one now.

The Business Service Agency took charge of checking exemptions in 2014 and is on a crackdown of people who are defrauding the NHS by receiving their medications without the proper exemption certificate.  It also seems that many people with diabetes, regardless of whether they are type 1 or type 2 requiring insulin and type 2 requiring tablets or other forms medication, are becoming a target of their debt collection.