Completing a medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD)

These guidance notes for doctors cover many of the issues doctors often ask about, and clarify best practice under current legislation.


Guidance for doctors completing medical certificates of cause of death in England and Wales

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When someone dies, a doctor involved in their care has to complete a medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD), which the family take to the register office to register the death. Books of MCCDs are available to doctors and hospitals from their local registrar. These books have short notes at the front on how to complete the MCCD and when to refer deaths to the coroner.

Published 25 September 2018