Closed consultation

Releasing a dead body from hospital: authorisation form

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


Seeks views on a good practice form to help hospitals put in place a process for releasing bodies to funeral directors or the bereaved.


Consultation description

DH, with partners, has developed a form to help hospitals have a more consistent, quality-controlled, and timely process to release bodies. We want to know what you think of the form.

This form encourages good practice. There is no legal requirement for hospitals to see the registrar’s Certificate for Burial and Cremation (the ‘Green Form’) before agreeing to release a body. Having this requirement can lead to delays with funeral arrangements and can cause unnecessary distress to the bereaved.