This updated guidance document proposes changes to the procedures for death and cremation certification that could be used in a severe influenza pandemic. It would enable doctors to spend as much time as possible on the care of the living and to ensure that processes for death and cremation certification can be managed as effectively as possible during a pandemic.
Pandemic influenza: Guidance on the management of death certification and cremation certification in a pandemic will be relevant to planners in local authorities and the NHS, funeral directors, registrars, coroners, local resilience forums, and other service providers (including any private or public organisations involved in the management of deaths).
This guidance document forms one of three pieces of guidance produced by government to support planning for the management of the excess deaths resulting from an influenza pandemic.
The two other guidance documents supporting planning are:
- the Home Office guidance ‘Planning for a possible influenza pandemic - a framework for planners preparing to manage deaths’
- the Ministry of Justice guidance ‘Pandemic influenza: Guidance for coroners and planners in England and Wales’