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Medical practitioners: guidance on completing cremation forms

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

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This cremation guidance has been revised to reflect the temporary changes to the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 provided for in the Coronavirus Act 2020 which came into force on 26 March 2020.

The forms remain unchanged - the link to the form for confirming details of the cremation certificate (form Cremation 5) has been removed.

The amended Regulations and revised guidance will be in force until further notice.

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 3 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Revised guidance published to reflect the temporary changes to the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 provided for in the Coronavirus Act 2020

  2. Guidance updated.

  3. Guidance updated

  4. Guidance updated.

  5. First published.