Medical examiners in England: draft regulations

The draft regulations set out how the statutory medical examiner system will operate in the NHS in England from April 2024.

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The Medical Examiners (England) Regulations 2024 were laid before Parliament on 15 April 2024.

Read more about death certification form and the introduction of medical examiners.

Applies to England



Medical examiners will be appointed by NHS bodies to provide independent scrutiny of causes of death and will be a contact for bereaved people who want to ask questions or raise concerns.

The draft regulations set out:

  • medical examiners’ terms of appointment, training and payment
  • the procedure for independence
  • additional functions

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

Published 14 December 2023