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Death certification reforms preparing for implementation

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

Updated 7 January 2013 - the publication date of the consultation on the death certification reforms (DCR), including draft regulations.

Updated 7 January 2013 - the publication date of the consultation on the death certification reforms, including draft regulations, which was planned for autumn 2012 has been put back to early in the new year to complete work on the impact assessment.

Updated 1 May 2012 - change of dates for consultation and implementation.

A key partner in the implementation of the death certification reforms is the Royal College of Pathologists - the lead College for medical examiners. Training will be delivered through a ‘blended’ approach involving e-learning and face to face elements. The e-learning element has been developed as part of the e-Learning for Health Programme. The College is currently developing a programme for the face to face training.

Further information on the medical examiner training is available from the Royal College of Pathologists and the e-Learning for Healthcare websites:

**Royal College of Pathology

e-Learning for Healthcare - medical examiner project home page**  **

A public consultation on the death certification reforms, including draft regulations is planned for early 2013.  A full Impact Assessment and Equality Impact Assessment will accompany the consultation paper.

Implementation of the reforms will commence in April 2014.  Arrangements for co-ordinating and supporting the implementation process are being considered with local government.