Certification of Death Flow Chart

We receive frequent questions on who can issue MCCDs or cremation forms. We have updated the flow chart (see below) and have had this latest version agreed with the coroner’s office and the registrar’s office.

On the chart it refers to “attended” which, although there is no clear legal definition of, is generally accepted to mean a doctor who has cared for the patient during the illness that led to death and so is familiar with the patient’s medical history, investigations and treatment.

We hope this is useful for colleagues when certifying cases and during any discussions with the coroner’s or registrar’s office.

Thanks to Dr Kieran Sharrock for his work on the chart.

The link on the flow chart is here for your ease of access:

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First Published
19 February 2024
Updated On
19 February 2024
Due to be Reviewed
19 February 2026
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