Reminder: 15th June is deadline for responding to Government’s proposals to death certification changes

June 13, 2016   //   No Comments

This is our final reminder that the deadline to respond to the government’s proposals on changes to the death certification process is 11.45 pm on 15th June.  Here are guidelines to help you find the relevant information and make your opinions known.

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.

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 and supporting documents can be found at  Or, for a quicker and simpler link, you will to access the first document “Introduction of Medical Examiners and Reforms to Death Certification in England and Wales”, which you can link straight to here.

You will find the relevant sections and questions here:

  • The new process – questions 1 to 4 on pages 22 and 23
  • Collection of fee – question 5 on page 24
  • Death certification regulations – questions 6 to 12 on pages 25 and 26
  • Notification of deaths – questions 14 to 25 on pages 30 to 31
  • Cremation regulations – questions 26 to 28 on pages 34 to 36

Enquiries or responses to the consultation should arrive by 11.45 pm on 15th June 2016 and may be sent by email to: or post to:

Improving the Process of Death Certification in England and Wales Consultation
Death Certification Reforms Programme Team
Department of Health
Room 2N15 Quarry House
Quarry Hill


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