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Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019 guidance

This guidance to medical practitioners on notifying deaths to the coroner is an amended version of previous guidance to reflect the temporary changes made by the Coronavirus Act 2020.

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This guidance to medical practitioners on notifying deaths to the coroner is an amended version of previous guidance to reflect the temporary changes made by the Coronavirus Act 2020. The changes took effect on 26 March and will apply until further notice.

The changes relate to the duty to notify a death to the coroner where the deceased had no attending doctor or where the attending doctor is unable to complete a medical certificate cause of death (MCCD). The changes mean the duty only applies where there is no other doctor who may sign an MCCD.

The refreshed guidance, with pink covers, can be found on this page.

Guidance for registered medical practitioners on meeting their duties under the Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019 as modified by the Coronavirus Act 2020.

The Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019 came into force on 1 October 2019.

The Regulations were modified on 26 March 2020 by Paragraph 7 of Schedule 13 to the Coronavirus Act 2020. The modified Regulations will apply until further notice.

We will update this page when the modified Regulations no longer apply.

Published 13 September 2019
Last updated 3 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Published amended version of guidance to reflect the temporary changes made by the Coronavirus Act 2020.

  2. Print version of guidance added.

  3. First published.