Reminder: Government Consultation on Death Certification views requested by 15th June

May 23, 2016   //   No Comments

You may know that the Department of Health is consulting on proposed reforms to the death certification process.  The aims of the reforms are to strengthen safeguards for the public, make the process simpler and more open for the bereaved, increase the quality of certification and data about causes of death: if any death needs to be investigated and if there is cause for concern, appropriate action will be taken.

The intention of the consultation is to identify any gaps in the death certification process and to seek views on some specific proposals. It is aimed at local authorities who will have to establish a medical examiner service, health and care professionals involved in the process as well as members of the public and all service providers involved when a death occurs.

Feedback on this consultation will help to ensure the successful implementation of the new regulations and any associated guidance. The changes are intended to come into effect in April 2018.

Make your views known

The consultation runs until 15 June 2016. Participants are encouraged to read the related documents before responding. The consultation and supporting documents can be found at

Enquiries or responses to the consultation should be sent by email to:


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