Medical practitioners: guidance on completing cremation forms

Help for medical practitioners on how to complete cremation form Cremation 4.

Applies to England and Wales



This cremation guidance has been revised to reflect the changes to the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 provided by Cremation (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 which came into force on 25 March 2022.

The forms remain unchanged, however, the cremation certificate (form Cremation 5) has now been permanently removed.

The amended Regulations and revised guidance will be in force from 25 March 2022.

This guide covers the responsibilities of medical practitioners when completing medical certificates after a death and before a cremation.

It also covers the role of the medical referee and what medical practitioners can do to help the referee.

Published 2 February 2012
Last updated 25 March 2022 + show all updates
  1. Guidance updated.

  2. Revised guidance published to reflect the temporary changes to the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 provided for in the Coronavirus Act 2020

  3. Guidance updated.

  4. Guidance updated

  5. Guidance updated.

  6. First published.