Additional functions of the national medical examiner: draft regulations

Set out the functions to be carried out by the national medical examiner, in addition to those set out in section 21 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

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The National Medical Examiner (Additional Functions) Regulations 2024 were laid before Parliament on 15 April 2024.

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Applies to England and Wales



The draft regulations set out the additional functions of the national medical examiner. These are to:

  • provide advice to the Secretary of State, the Chief Coroner and Welsh ministers
  • provide guidance to NHS bodies
  • publish performance standards for medical examiners
  • provide reports to Secretary of State and Welsh ministers

The draft regulations may be amended before coming into force in April 2024.

Published 14 December 2023