Medical Examiner system implementation hit by possible delay

08/03/2024   //   No Comments

SAIF is unsurprised to learn that the implementation of the already-delayed statutory Medical Examiner system for England and Wales will not happen during the first half of April.

According to an update from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ)’s Burial, Cremation and Funeral Sector Policy Team, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), which is leading the implementation of the incoming Death Certification Reform provisions, will make further announcements in due course.

The DHSC is working closely with the MoJ to confirm the precise commencement date and SAIF will be sure to share this with members as soon as information becomes available.

The scheme was originally intended to launch in April 2023 but was delayed by 12 months.

SAIF CEO Terry Tennens said: “It’s unfortunate to learn that the system is potentially being delayed yet again and we’re disappointed on behalf of our members who have been preparing for the implementation of the new scheme. But more importantly, it could mean some of the logjams that bereaved families experience in laying loved ones to rest will continue for the foreseeable future.”

SAIF members who have questions about the Medical Examiner system should contact the business centre at

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