Medical Certificates of Cause of Death

What's New

New guidance relating to Covid-19

Doctors providing the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD), or the Certificate of Still-birth, will be expected to ask the person who will be making funeral arrangements which registration office they intend to deal with. The doctor will then send a copy of the certificate to the specified registrar electronically, also copying in the person making the funeral arrangements. This is to ensure that the registrar receives a copy of the MCCD, without which the death cannot be registered. Further information is available from National Records of Scotland (NRS) 

Health Improvement Scotland Qs& As

Support Around Death  Covid-19

NES learning Covid-19 death & bereavement

Guidance to Medical Practitioners for Death Certification during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Editorial Information

Author(s): Chief Medical Officer (Scotland)