Guidance

Completing a medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD)

Guidance notes for doctors covering issues doctors often ask about, and clarifying best practice under current legislation, including the Coronavirus Act 2020.

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

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These notes take into account the arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency and the changes brought in by the Coronavirus Act 2020. The important changes occur in sections 2 and 3 of this guidance.

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.

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Published 25 September 2018
Last updated 1 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance notes

  2. Guidance updated to take into account arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency and the changes brought in by the Coronavirus Act 2020.

  3. First published.