Death Certification Reform and the Introduction of Medical Examiners

The DHSC laid regulations before Parliament on 15th April which will put the medical examiner system on a statutory footing from 9th September. Under these reforms all deaths will legally become subject to either a medical examiner’s scrutiny or a coroner’s investigation.

This also means that changes to simplify the death certification process for GPs, such as the cremation form becoming redundant and relaxation of the 28 day rule, will not come into force until September.

It had originally been proposed that these changes would be implemented in April, but the Government has confirmed an official September start date, emphasising that the death certification reforms are ‘highly complex and sensitive’, and that it has ‘allowed additional time to prepare for implementation’.

Written statements – Written questions, answers and statements – UK Parliament

Find out more about the proposals here: Medical Examiner and Death Certificates Educational Podcasts and Videos – Wessex LMCs