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In a letter to Directors of Public Health, Professor John Newton explains why the death certification reforms have been put back to April 2014. Since his August 2011 update, he reports on three issues, namely options on collecting the medical examiner fee, the non-forensic examination of the body, and developing sets of standards for the medical examiner service and medical examiners in their professional role.
Professor Newton invites doctors to register their details for free access to the medical examiner e-learning training module. A formal consultation on the reforms is expected in the autumn.